Image of Dream Lake (Friday Harbor)


Image of Dream Lake (Friday Harbor)

If you like a ghost as a character (think The Ghost and Mrs. Muir), then you will love this installment of the Friday Harbor series, a multigenerational story of love, loss, forgiveness and redemption. There is a bit of a deus ex machina at the end that is a little much, but hey, this is a romance — and a lovely one. The tie between the past generation and the present is particularly well done, as poignant as an old song.

Alex Nolan is the most hard-bitten, hard-living and haunted of the Nolan brothers — literally. The ghost from Rainshadow Road is tied to him, but he doesn’t know why. Alex agrees to remodel a cottage for Zoe Hoffman, baker and cook extraordinaire, who is bringing her grandmother, Emma, to live with her. This does not mean he wants anything to do with her personally; her gentle personality combined with a lush body is a recipe for trouble. Pained by divorce, Zoe does not want the distraction of a man to take time from the care she owes her dying grandmother. The ghost, however, becomes fascinated with the cottage and the grandmother. He is trying to remember something … As renovations progress, it becomes harder to separate the personal from the business side of the renovation project. Maybe Alex is the one being rehabbed. And maybe Emma is also due her happily ever after. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Aug., 384 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bunny Callahan