Jean Davies Okimoto

Walter's Muse

Walter’s Muse follows Okimoto’s debut novel for adults, The Love Ceiling, a Season’s Reading Pick of the King County Library System, selected by booksellers for the Indie Next Reading Group List, and the winner for ebook fiction in the 2009 Indie Next Generation Awards.

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