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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (84 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Sterba Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One summer Jim Sterba, veteran war correspondent, accepts an invitation for a weekend visit from a woman he barely knows, author Frances FitzGerald. He arrives and discovers a secluded little house on the Maine coast, with evergreens and blackberry bushes all around, views of forested mountains, and a fjord full of seabirds and sailboats.

He visits again and gradually falls in love with his host as much as her place. The two couldn’t have had more disparate childhoods, but their intelligence, ambition, and independence propelled them both into writing careers and kept them single, until now.

In this Tracy-Hepburn-style romance, the down-to-earth newspaperman charms the sophisticated New Yorker. Their long path to real love has us cheering them on, as well as itching for a visit to idyllic Mount Desert Island.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a work suffused with love of every stripe…Sterba’s journalistic edge keeps the prose far from mushy…A beautiful memoir, giving a glimpse not just of a person but of a time and a place worth noting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A nice selection for public libraries whose clientele are looking for that good, solid, old-fashioned, real-life love story.”

    Library Journal 

  • “The author’s prose is lovely, his self-deprecating humor endearing. Eventually, the summer and the book wind to a close; back to the real world, but not without a sigh of satisfaction. The perfect summer read about an exceptional summer destination.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A love story with recipes celebrating the delectable dishes life offers—culinary and otherwise—if we’re conscious enough to notice.”


  • “Serba expresses a lively tenderness about all of this...very enjoyable to read.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abbie | 9/24/2013

    " I loved this, the way the small things (mushroom hunting) and the great things (Tienemann Square) are woven together in this story of two people's "real" (smaller) life and their greater life outside ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/7/2011

    " Such a peaceful book. Nice story about summers in Maine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Patty | 12/17/2010

    " Eh, it was okay. Travel type book based in Maine. Decent recipes included! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paulah | 9/4/2010

    " interesting memoir, a bit loggy "

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About the Author

Jim Sterba was raised in rural Michigan. He became a foreign correspondent covering the Vietnam War for the New York Times. He has written about Asia and America for more than three decades, for both the Times and the Wall Street Journal.