I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley. I received a free advanced copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Berkley and Colleen Oakley for letting me be a part of this tour and giving me the chance to read an early copy!
Author: Colleen Oakley
Published by: Berkley
Released: May 25, 2021
Source: Electronic Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: Sometimes all you need is one person to really see you.
Piper Parrish's life on Frick Island—a tiny, remote town smack in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay—is nearly perfect. Well, aside from one pesky detail: Her darling husband, Tom, is dead. When Tom's crab boat capsized and his body wasn't recovered, Piper, rocked to the core, did a most peculiar thing: carried on as if her husband was not only still alive, but right there beside her, cooking him breakfast, walking him to the docks each morning, meeting him for their standard Friday night dinner date at the One-Eyed Crab. And what were the townspeople to do but go along with their beloved widowed Piper? Anders Caldwell’s career is not going well. A young ambitious journalist, he’d rather hoped he’d be a national award-winning podcaster by now, rather than writing fluff pieces for a small town newspaper. But when he gets an assignment to travel to the remote Frick Island and cover their boring annual Cake Walk fundraiser, he stumbles upon a much more fascinating tale: an entire town pretending to see and interact with a man who does not actually exist. Determined it’s the career-making story he’s been needing for his podcast, Anders returns to the island to begin covert research and spend more time with the enigmatic Piper—but he has no idea out of all the lives he’s about to upend, it’s his that will change the most. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: That synopsis really pulled me right in. It did its job, that's for sure. The Invisible Husband of Frick Island is sweet, sad, heartwarming, hopeful, and amusing. I really enjoyed this little story of a woman who sees her dead husband and a town that goes along with her.
I loved the setting of Frick Island. I loved the quirky townspeople. I also really appreciated how they all supported Piper. There was such a sense of community and love. It had neighbors that really cared about each other and it was so nice to see that. I'm also always a sucker for small town settings in stories, so Frick was great!
I also really liked Anders journey while he was on Frick Island. He came for one thing, but he ended up with so much more then he was expecting. I liked seeing his development.
I also really enjoyed Piper. Life has dealt her a blow that she needed help dealing with. I'm glad she had the support she needed to grieve and grow.
This book was such a treat to read. I definitely enjoyed my time on Frick Island and I think everyone should visit.
Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of You Were There Too, Close Enough to Touch and Before I Go. Her books have been named best books by People, Us Weekly, Library Journal and Real Simple, and have been long-listed for the Southern Book Prize. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, four kids and the world’s biggest lapdog
Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley. Thanks so much to Berkley and Colleen Oakley for letting me be a part of the tour! Be on the lookout for this book and read it.