In 2015 when Nicki Stewart, a med student and Army widow, arrives at the lake cottage bequeathed to her, she finds not only Lieutenant Josh Taylor, a cocky Navy Pilot, residing in the other half of the duplex, but also an old diary left for her by Maggie, her deceased husband's aunt and the previous owner of the building. When Nicki shares with Josh the colorful details about Hank, a man who is mentioned in the diary, Josh produces the journal he discovered in his grandfather's old Army trunk written by the same man. Soon the two neighboring strangers become engrossed in a love story from a long ago era.
In 1950 Maggie Frank, a prim widow and librarian, buys a duplex cottage at Olcott Beach, New York where she learns that the tenant next door is both a womanizer and a drunkard. Hank Jones, a World War II Veteran struggling to adjust to civilian life, decides to spend a month in his buddy's lake cottage before rejoining the Army to fight in Korea. He is at first annoyed but later intrigued by the straight-laced Maggie whose situation he finds puzzling. Before long the two opposites become friends in an odd sort of way until the day Maggie's secret is exposed, and they go their separate ways. Maggie and Hank must then decide if love can overcome their wounds of the past.
Will be available through Soul Mate Publishing, Amazon, & Story & Song Bookstore - Fernandina Beach, FL