The Boat House Cafe: Book One of First Light by Linda CardilloThe Boat House Cafe: Book One of First Light by Linda Cardillo

The Boat House Cafe: Book One of First Light

byLinda Cardillo

Paperback | October 15, 2014

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The islanders of Chappaquiddick have a saying: "Some come here to heal; others come to hide." Above a crumbling sea wall at the isolated northern tip of Chappaquiddick Island sits a weathered cottage that gives shelter to Mae Keaney, who returns to the island at the beginning of World War II determined to distance herself from a past filled with pain and regret. Fiercely independent, she defies both the societal conventions of the island and its unforgiving natural world until a catastrophic fire threatens her livelihood, the Boat House Café. After reluctantly accepting help from a Wampanoag tribal member, she forms an uneasy alliance that leads her to an understanding of the wisdom of the "People of the First Light" and restores her faith in herself.

Title:The Boat House Cafe: Book One of First LightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.77 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Bellastoria Press LLPLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1942209002

ISBN - 13:9781942209003


Editorial Reviews

First Place in 20th-Century Fiction in the Goethe Award for Historical Fiction"Cardillo evokes the clapboard ports of New England with sensuous prose. . . A sympathetic depiction of the oft-forgotten New England Native American heritage in this picturesque corner of the Vineyard."--Kirkus Reviews"In this beautiful, lyrical novel, Linda Cardillo creates a fierce, strong-willed heroine, unafraid of hard work, solitude, or the judgment of her fellow islanders."--Judith Arnold, USA Today Bestselling Author"The Boat House Café is a delicious read, which I devoured in a single sitting. Linda Cardillo's writing is sensuous and full of feeling without being sentimental. The beautiful prose carried me to the island community of Martha's Vineyard and into the lives of Mae Keaney and Tobias Monroe. The principal characters evoke compassion with their flaws and inspire with their strength. The supporting cast adds the rich texture of conflicting cultures. Although set in the 1940's, the challenges of identity, loyalty and authenticity make this story more than relevant for today's reader. If you have been to Martha's Vineyard, this is a must read. If you have not set foot on Chappaquiddick, The Boat House Café will bind you with the spell of "First Light". Cardillo's sense of place mixed with genuine emotion is a recipe that truly does "nurture the soul." I am hungry for the sequel."--B. L. Moulton