Fellowship Point; Alice Elliott Dark
Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books / Simon & Schuster Audio - 2022
Fellowship Point is an expansive story (nearly 500 pages) about a lifelong friendship of two Quaker women who are now in the eighties. The women are Agnes Lee, a writer of children's series books entitled ...WHEN NAN.......... which was first published in 1965. She has also written another six adult novels under a pen name about individuals in her Philadelphia social circle. Agnes has never married and now in her twilight years has found out she has cancer. She is also being pressured by Maud Silver a publicist to write a memoir.
Polly Wister is a loyal wife and mother, her husband and adult son on the other hand are men who are best described as "difficult and self-centered." Agnes and Polly could not be more different but, their shared pasts and the fact that they have vacationed for years on Fellowship Point, a remote, coastal island in Maine. Now after all these years there is a fear that once the two women are gone their interest in keeping the island and cottages the way it has been dating back to the 19th century, may die with them. A developer has interest in purchasing the properties to develop a posh resort in place of the cottages and surrounding wildlife sanctuary. The land was purchased by Agnes' grandfather a wealthy merchant.
Although the first half of this novel moved somewhat slow for me, I loved the writing and depth as well as the build up for what what followed . I loved the way I felt swept away by the trials and tribulations of these women as I read and listened to this well-written novel. The audiobook was narrated by Cassandra Campbell who did an excellent job.
I received an audio download as well as a hardcover copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
RATING - 4.5/5 stars
The Night She Disappeared; Lisa Jewell
Atria - 2021
The story begins in 2017 with Tallulah, a young mother who also attends college and her boyfriend Zach needing a night out. Tallulah's mother Kim agrees to babysits. In the morning when Kim realizes Tallulah has not come home, she begins making phone calls and the police become involved but, eventually the case is unsolved. The only lead they have is that the couple was never seen after a night of partying at a remote country estate where Scarlett, a wealthy college friend lives. Fast forward to 2019, a young mystery writer new to the town who lives on the edge of the woods notices a sign while out walking in the secluded area. The sign says "DIG HERE." Is this significant in regards to the missing couple?
This is one of those stories that kept me quickly turning pages and trying to find out what happened, I thought the dual time periods worked well and the story was well paced as well.
I received an audio download as well as an advanced reader print copy of this book from the publisher last year in exchange for my unbiased review.
RATING - 4/5 stars