Vacationland; Meg Mitchell Moore
William Morrow - 2022
Vacationland proved to be a delightful summer story which swept me away, once again, to the beautiful state of Maine.
The story begins with a 29 year old woman named Kristine Turner who has boarded a Greyhound bus in PA with a small suitcase, $761 dollars and a letter left for her by her recently deceased mother. The letter shares some long withheld information and has brought Kristie to Maine. A quick visit that turns into a what looks like a much more permanent stay in Maine.
Louisa Fitzgerald McLean is an NYU professor on sabbatical who should be working on her book. Her husband is mostly unavailable and busy working on a new start up company in Brooklyn. So Louise packs up their (3) children ages, 12, 10 and 7 and is off to Maine to stay with her mother and father. Martin, her father, is a well respected retired judge who has Alzheimers. He is at the stage while he has some good days, he also requires outside help. These expenses have caused Louisa's mom to rethink how much longer she can keep their summer home and expenses associate with it.
As Kristie begins to settle in to a Maine lifestyle, meets a nice boyfriend who happens to be the caretaker at the Fitzgerald summer home, it is Kristie's life and the secrets of the past that really propel this story in an unexpected way. This book was so well written, has great characters -- even the young children have interesting stories that are fun to read about. I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately purchased (2) other books by this new-to-me author. Highly recommended. This was a combo audio book download - (read by Stacey Glemboski - very good) from the library and eGalley provided to my by the publisher. Both were so enjoyable.
Rating - 4.5/5 stars