At fourteen, Rebecca Granger falls in love with Ben Bunker. A summer girl is not allowed to love a year-round boy, son of a fisherman in Downeast Maine in 1958. Yet, she does. When her father dies—overpowered by loss and anger—she commits a sin, terrible at the time. That sin nearly destroys Rebecca. She hides in fantasies until as an adult, returning to Maine she struggles to come to terms with that past. Islands of Time is a moving story of loss, pain and growth, but also of unexpected forgiveness and love that celebrates the people and places of Downeast Maine.
10 Reasons to Buy and Read Islands of Time
1. Bestselling Maine author, Linda Greenlaw, says, “I really like it” and we think you and your friends and family will too.
3. If you do live in Maine, Islands will remind you why and you can give it to friends and family who aren’t as smart or lucky as you are.
4. The author will send you a signed bookmark.
5. The cover is beautiful. Judge this book by its cover.
6. The story is compelling, well-written, and you will love the characters of Becky and Ben. We’re not the only ones who think that—lots of reviewers and readers have said the same thing.
7. Islands of Time will warm your heart, which is a good strategy for warming the rest of you on a cold winter day.OR Curling up with this good book on a cold day is a great way to keep warm.
8. You’ll encourage the author to write a sequel.
9. There is a lot to learn about Maine, its history, people, beauty, and culture in Islands of Time and more to learn about love, forgiveness, and finding ourselves.
10. It’s a good read.
Author BioIn 1948, Barbara Kent Lawrence fell in love with Mount Desert Island as a summer kid, and in 1979 she became a “year-round summer person,” a status more compelling and complex than she could then have imagined. In 1998 she wrote her dissertation: Working Memory: The Influence of Culture on Aspirations about the gap between the high rate of achievement Maine’s fourth grade students evidenced on national tests, and the low rate at which they went on to college. Lawrence has since written books about education and eating disorders in men and she’s working on a manuscript about her British family during World War II. She draws on her love of Maine and her experience as a researcher and writer for her this novel Islands of Time. Though Lawrence no longer lives in Maine year-round, she spends as much time as possible on Mount Desert Island.
Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, a publishing business with the tag line: Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project--building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: firstname.lastname@example.org