It’s the first summer of her retirement and librarian Maggie Lewis is relishing the unfolding of sweet summer days on Vashon Island: walking on the beach, reading the classics, and kayaking. But in June when a sudden storm hits the island, Maggie’s summer becomes about as peaceful as navigating white water. Not only does her wealthy sister arrive uninvited with a startling announcement; but Maggie finds herself entangled with her new Baker’s Beach neighbor, Walter Hathaway. A famous children’s author and recovering alcoholic, Walter has a history with Maggie they would each like to forget.
Delightfully told with humor and insight, Walter’s Muse is a page turner for romantics, writers, and the young at heart at any age.
“A joy to read!”
– Rayna Holtz, Librarian, King County Library System ret.
“Readers will connect with this warm story of two lonely people finding each other late in life.”
– Library Journal
“An exhilarating portrait of a woman in her prime...revives in all of us a lust for life, with its splendid twists and turns, gifts of love and friendship, and promises of more surprises to come.”
- Nina Sankovitch, Huffington Post, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair
“For those who believe in second chances in love and life, Walter’s Muse provides a warm and engaging blueprint. Okimoto’s loveably quirky characters become a reader’s friends and family. I hated to finish the last page.”
- Connie Burns, School Library Journal, reviewer, ret.
“Brimming with wit and wisdom...a delightful celebration of mature love, sure to enchant fans of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand!”
- Juli Morser, Books by the Way
“...a delightful story told with wit and charm.”
- Ann Combs, Eagle Harbor Books
“For those of us who are also aging children’s writers, Walter’s Muse is both frighteningly authentic and blessedly amusing.”
- David Lubar, author of Attack of the Vampire Weenies