When Fiona Edwards first sees the lanky
backpacker striding up the lane toward her award-winning farmhouse
bed-and-breakfast in the remote mountains of North Wales, she’s puzzled. She’s
used to unexpected strangers, but few arrive on foot. The man to whom she opens
her door is middle-aged, unshaven, sweat-soaked … and arrestingly handsome.
What neither of them knows at that moment is that their lives are about to
American Alec Hudson has carried the ashes—and the memory—of his
late ex-wife, Gwynne, all the way from London’s Heathrow Airport, honoring her
request that he scatter them atop a mountain they had climbed together years
before, the same brooding peak whose jagged cliffs rise to the sky from the
back pastures of Fiona’s farm. But the weather doesn’t cooperate, and as Fiona
and Alec wait for it to clear, they are drawn together by mutual loss, longing,
and the miracle of love at midlife.
On the day he finally reaches the summit,
Alec is caught in a vicious hailstorm. As he struggles to descend, he stumbles
upon the body of a man he recognizes from a photograph at the farm: it is
Fiona’s ailing and reclusive husband, David, and he is close to death.
North’s debut novel is a story about grief and hope, about love and loss, and
about two people struggling with the agonizing complexities of fidelity—to a
spouse, to a moral code, to each other, and to a passion neither thought would
ever appear again. By turns lyrical and gripping, set amid a landscape of
breathtaking beauty and unpredictable danger, this is a story you will not soon
forget. Download and start listening now!