From the celebrated author of The Barbecue Bible and How to Grill comes a surprising story of love, loss, redemption, and really good food.
Claire Doheney, recovering from a serious illness, agrees to housesit an oceanfront mansion on Chappaquiddick Island in Martha’s Vineyard. She hopes to find solace, strength, and sufficient calm to finish editing a biography of the iconoclastic psychotherapist, Wilhelm Reich.
The last thing she plans to find is love.
Then she meets a mysterious man the locals call the Hermit. No one knows his real name or where he lives. Everything about him suggests hostility to other people. Quite by accident and much to their mutual surprise, Claire and the stranger discover they share passion for cooking.
As Claire gets to know the Hermit, she discovers rare qualities in a man most people have long since dismissed as an outcast. As Claire comes to love this tiny island, with its colorful inhabitants, she experiences healing, redemption, and a deeper understanding of what really matters in her life.
Until she discovers what drove Hermit into seclusion. Will his terrible secret bring them closer together? Or drive them apart forever? The clock is ticking. Can Claire make peace with her disaffected daughter, callous ex-husband, and cynical boss? Can she let love into her life once more before it’s too late?
Told by a New York Times bestselling author and international TV host with a keen eye for Chappaquiddick’s extraordinary natural beauty, Island Apart has it all—romance, history, travel, crime, lovemaking of exquisite intensity, and cooking scenes so vivid, they’ll make your taste buds ache with hunger. Funny, tender, engaging, poignant, and ultimately triumphant, Steven Raichlen’s novel is a brainy love story—not to mention a terrific beach read. Think The Bridges of Madison County with better food.