Be My Love
For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family.
This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mainland school a sophisticated young woman too mature for childish games, and even worse, she has an all-consuming infatuation with David Meyer, both an old friend and an older man. Soon Maisie finds herself playing second fiddle — jealous of Una and David's closeness, and unsure of what those feelings mean.
When Maisie's greatest attempt to maintain the special magic of her friendship with Una goes up in smoke, it seems as though all is lost. But with an enormous revelation, and a heartrending intervention, Maisie may finally discover the strength she needs to find the same peace that the island has brought her within herself. (From HarperCollins)
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From the book
Maisie and her mother were in the car at the Victoria boat terminal. People were starting to board the steamer, but Mum just sat there. "Oh, pickle, how I'll miss you!" she kept saying.
Maisie tried to be patient. She would miss her tired, sad mum. But she could hardly wait to get away from her.
"Mum, I should go," she said again.
Her mother wiped her eyes, then finally opened the door and helped Maisie load up. In one hand she held her small suitcase. In the other she balanced a hamper on wheels. It was filled with the items Granny had requested: Indian chutney, Marmite, British magazines, a set of towels, bars of Yardley soap, packets of humbugs, gardening gloves, a new yellow slicker for Grand, and a huge bag of Scottish steel cut oats. After they'd driven down from Duncan to Victoria early that morning, Mum and Maisie had spent hours ticking off the items on Granny's list.
From Be My Love by Kit Pearson ©2019. Published by HarperCollins.