South of Superior ~ Ellen Airgood
Life seems pretty close to perfect for Madeline Stone. Her fiance is a well-heeled, well-schooled, handsome man-about-town and she has a pretty easy, breezy life, waiting tables, socializing with the lovely people of Chicago, having very few strings to deal with.
Her life is slightly nudged out of her comfort zone, one day, when a letter arrives from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and bringing her past back to her in quite an emotional turn of events. Before she knows it, she has a broken engagement, her bags are packed and she is headed for the desolate, out of date, not-so-tourist town that birthed her so long ago.
In moving to the frigid north, she finds herself face to face with the mistakes her family made before her time. She soon finds that the weather isn’t the only cold thing about the tiny, tight-knit community and it isn’t long before Madeline finds herself in over her head in a tribe where they don’t speak Chicagoan and have secrets deeper and wider than Superior. Though the town offers little in the way of warm-fuzzies, Madeline eventually finds her rhythm and throws her energy into making it a place she might call home.
This sweet, simple, yet elegant and well-crafted, story is Ellen Airgood’s debut which is a bit surprising, considering the amount of emotional depth woven throughout. It has more than a few spots that tugged at my heart-strings as a mother, daughter and just a friend. It’s a lovely summer read but could also be considered for a warm, cozy winter night, as well. Though it’s written about the UP, I’m pretty sure that the small town commentary could be applied to down Maine or small town South, too. A fairly universal tale, this is definitely a great read.
Ellen Airgood runs a diner in Grand Marais, Michigan. This is her first novel.
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