Synopses & Reviews
From the author of the “luminous [and] gorgeous” (Susan Wiggs) Haunting Jasmine
comes a glorious new novel that reaches straight into to the heart to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit…
“I wonder how my carefully planned life could have tipped so far out of balance?”
Into the quaint town of Fairport on Shelter Island comes Lily Byrne, a young widow who is not so much running from the old but rather edging toward something new and indefinable. Here in the peaceful Pacific Northwest, newly engaged in her vintage clothing boutique, she hides from the world. But Lily knows that solitude can’t sustain her forever. Somehow, somewhere, something’s got to give. It does, with the unexpected arrival of an exuberant little cat.
As Lily searches for the cat’s true home, she embarks on a journey just as unpredictable—one of healing and renewal that opens up a whole new world in this small island community she now calls home. Saved by the hidden graces of others, she even allows herself to fall in love again. But how much of this is serendipity? How much is destiny? As Lily starts looking at herself, and her life, in an enlightening new way, she can’t help but also wonder, how long can such good fortune last?
"Anjali Banerjee writes in luminous prose about the deepest secrets of a woman's heart… a story that will haunt the reader long after the final page is turned." New York Times
bestselling author Susan Wiggs
"Fresh and highly entertaining. I loved every word." New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
"A masala-scented Like Water for Chocolate." The SF Gate
"Delectable… recounted with hilarity and warmth." The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"This book has a romantic, magical quality." Booklist
"Fascinating, insightful, and delightful. The descriptions shimmer and sparkle. I intend to rush out and buy a copy for every woman I know." New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz
"The author's hip-hot style combines breezy storytelling, wry humor and just enough poignant sauce in a romantic comedy equal to Bend It Like Beckham." The Seattle Times
“A poignant, joyful novel—absolutely lovely. Anjali is my new favorite author.” --Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of Marrying Daisy Bellamy
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A charming new novel that "will haunt the reader long after the final page is turned." -New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs.
A call from the past brings divorcee Jasmine Mistry home to Shelter Island to run her beloved aunt's bookstore, which has always been rumored to be haunted. With that knowledge, Jasmine embarks on a mystical journey, urged along by her quirky family, and guided by the highly emotional spirits of long-dead authors. Surprisingly, she finds herself moved to heal her broken heart when she falls unexpectedly in love with an enigmatic young stranger.
About the Author
Anjali Banerjee was born in India, raised in Canada and California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written five novels for children and four novels for adults. Anjali lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four crazy cats.