THE HOUSE ON OYSTER CREEK
HEIDI JON SCHMIDT
June 1, 2010
New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
$15.00 US/ $18.50CAN/ $9.99
Rating: 4 cups
Charlotte Tradescome is a woman who is sensitive to others, but residing with her husband, Henry--who is tuned out to anyone other than those who share his opinion--has made her feel disconnected. Charlotte pours her entire self into being a mother to their four-year-old daughter, Fiona, who is very much a free-spirit.
Darryl Stead is an oysterman among his many other job titles. As a year round resident of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, he is a master of many trades. He has very simple dreams; get married, raise a family, build a home.
When Henry’s father passed away, he inherited the family home on Tradescome Point in Massachusetts. Deciding he wants no part of it, Henry signs it over to Charlotte. She is the one with the dream of living in a small community and raising their daughter there. She never anticipated meeting Darryl and feeling a connection with a man who is not her husband. When she decides to sell a parcel of the land, she stirs up a hornet’s nest for the oystermen who work the bay. Now, Charlotte is trying to help fix the problem and finds strength within herself that she did not realize she had.
A beautiful story set in one of the most magical places in the country, Massachusetts. I have never had the pleasure of visiting there, but after turning the final page of this book, I feel as if I have walked through the oyster beds with the oystermen and can almost taste the salty spray on my lips. Charlotte is a character after my own heart with her love of the history of her husband and this place they have decided to call home. Precious, precocious little Fiona, however, stole the story in various places with her charming and child-like wonder. Heidi Jon Schmidt has written a tale which will sit on my shelf for years to come, just so I can visit the SixMart, the Mermaid or Wellfleet when I am feeling the need to do so.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More