begs the age old question many of us baby boomers find ourselves asking,"Now what?" Now that the chicks have flown the coop, spouses and parents have passed away or left, we have retired "Now what?"
Maggie Lewis has just retired from her job as a school librarian and has retreated to her beloved Vashon Island. She is looking forward to reading the classics, walking the beach and kayaking. Oh...and Skyping her granddaughter.Well you know what happens when one plans? Maggie soon finds herself embroiled in her younger sister's divorce drama and her Baker's Beach neighbor's health issues. The neighbor, Walter Hathaway, is a famous, and very handsome, children's author, a recovering alcoholic and a former romantic interest of Maggie's , whom she would just as soon forget about.
Ms. Okimoto's writing is delightful and real. She draws you in to life on the island with colorful characters and humorous circumstances. Maggie proves that the second half of life can be as thrilling and fulfilling as the first, complete with love and friendships and passionate purpose. Instead of, "What now?" we can ask,"What's next?"
PS If you are as geographically challenged as I am and were wondering where in the world is Vashon Island? It's located on the southern half of Washington State's Puget Sound.
It's filled with writer's and artists and every July they have a Strawberry Festival. It sounds perfect, doesn't it?
Pick up Walter's Muse for your next read or book club selection. I highly recommend it.;)
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