“I love you. Of course I do. But we haven’t any choice in the matter, do we? If our little boy’s health, even his survival, is at stake, we have to do whatever it takes.”
1928, New York City: Ellen and Lucas Lyman have made a heart-wrenching decision to leave their beloved Amherst Island behind in search of a new life. The island was once the home of their hearts: where they had met as children, become friends, and over time found love.
But New York City was calling, and it was everything they’d hoped for and more. With Lucas making money on the stock market, and Ellen finding fulfilment as a mother, at first they are happy raising their family, together, in the most exciting city in the world.
Until their beloved son Jamie becomes perilously ill, and Ellen is given an impossible choice. With Lucas unable to leave his job, it is down to her to take Jamie to a place he might recover even if it means making the journey across America without him.
Ellen knows what she must do. What every mother would do to save their child. Even if it takes her further away from the man she loves—and every place she has called home‑than ever before.
This is the fourth novel in the unmissable Amherst Island series that follows the life and love of a once-orphan girl called Ellen. Set in 1920s New York, California and Canada, it’s an unmissable read, perfect for fans of The Oceans Between Us, The Orphan Sisters, and My Name is Eva.
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 349
Date of Publication: November 30, 2021
My Rating: 5 Stars
In this heartwarming fourth book in the Amherst Island series, Ellen Lyman has settled in an affluential New York home with her husband Lucas and their two children Rosie and Jamie. While she misses her childhood home of Amherst Island, her primary concern is for Jamie’s frail health. He suffers with breathing difficulties, especially during the cold winter months. Her marriage to Lucas is idyllic, despite a time that it seemed that they might never have found marriage. Lucas is busy in his employ and when Jamie’s doctor recommends spending the winter months in a warmer climate before it is too late for the young boy, Lucas encourages Ellen to take the children to California to give Jamie a fighting chance. They decide to have Ellen’s cousin Gracie accompany them to help with the children.
Ellen, Gracie and the children make the cross country trip and Ellen soon learns that this presents quite a strain on her marriage. However, Ellen would do anything for her children. The move is only temporary but the trials never let up. On the one hand, Jamie thrives in the warmer climate. However, things with Gracie become quite worrisome for Ellen all while she begins to worry about the security of her marriage to Lucas. The timing in this story turns to the horrible stock market crash in 1929 in the story shifts as we see how this impacts Ellen and Lucas and their future.
As mentioned, this is the fourth book in the series. However, I had not read the previous books but this did quite well as a standalone novel. I did read a little bit about the previous books and they show how Ellen started off on Amherst Island at the age of 12 and the traveling that she did over the years and what led her to marrying Lucas. That is all very important to see the foundation that they had built based on their original home in on the island and how everything falling apart around them came to show how important the island becomes for their future.
What an incredibly touching book! This book was about a mother’s love, surviving the most difficult of trials, and how hope can come from starting over. This beautiful story had a wonderful conclusion.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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