Sometimes all you need is one person to really see you.
Piper Parrish's life on Frick Island--a tiny, remote town smack in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay--is nearly perfect. Well, aside from one pesky detail: Her beloved husband, Tom, is dead. When Tom's crab boat capsized and his body wasn't recovered, Piper, rocked to the core, did a most peculiar thing: carried on as if her husband was not only still alive, but right there beside her, cooking him breakfast, walking him to the docks each morning, meeting him for their standard Friday night dinner date at the One-Eyed Crab. And what were the townspeople to do but go along with their beloved widowed Piper?
Anders Caldwell's career is not going well. A young ambitious journalist, he'd rather hoped he'd be a national award-winning podcaster by now, rather than writing fluff pieces for a small town newspaper. But when he gets an assignment to travel to the remote Frick Island and cover their boring annual Cake Walk fundraiser, he stumbles upon a much more fascinating tale: an entire town pretending to see and interact with a man who does not actually exist. Determined it's the career-making story he's been needing for his podcast, Anders returns to the island to begin covert research and spend more time with the enigmatic Piper--but he has no idea out of all the lives he's about to upend, it's his that will change the most.
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Oakley delivers an unforgettable love story about an eccentric community, a grieving widow, and an outsider who slowly learns that sometimes faith is more important than the facts.
Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Having lost my own husband less than a year ago, I wasn't quite sure I was ready for this one, but it ended up being more comfort to me than I would've imagined. You see, I have conversations with him all the time. Now, I'm not imagining that I see him, and I don't have a whole com,munity going along with it, but those conversations - simple things about my day, talking out decisions, etc - they make a world of difference to me. So, I can understand where Piper is coming from, and my heart went out to her. Then we have Anders - I just loved Anders to pieces. He's kind of an odd duck, but he's absolutely adorable. The Invisible Husband of Frick Island turned out to be a wonderful surprise. It's about grief, but there's also laughter, and it's about healing. This one turned out to be one of the best stories I've read this year, and Colleen Oakley is now firmly on my radar.
About the Author
Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of You Were There Too, Close Enough to Touch and Before I Go. Her books have been named best books by People, Us Weekly, Library Journal and Real Simple, and have been long-listed for the Southern Book Prize. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, four kids and the world's biggest lapdog.