Picture This (2012)
Peaks Island, Maine vibrates with its own special magic, a unique flow to life that knits together the small community that calls it home. The people, the animals, and even the houses have a charm and personality all their own. Just ask Rocky Pelligrino. Devastated by her husband Bob’s sudden death, she found hope thanks to a relentlessly loyal black Lab namedCooper. Warm friends and a new job—as the island’s Animal Control Warden—have helped Rocky chart a course toward a promising future. She’s even ready to try at love again with Hill, the gentle and patient archery instructor. And there is an old house haunted by lost love and forgotten secrets that speaks to her soul.
But a phone call from a troubled young woman looking for her biological father shakes Rocky’s newfound joy. Could this young girl hold a tendril of the man who was the love of her life? Or could the girl’s appearance throw Rocky’s world into chaos . . . and shatter her heart again?
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Anna O'Shea has failed at marriage, shed her job at a law firm when she and her recalcitrant nephew are summoned to the past in a manner that nearly destroys them. Her 21st Century skills pale as she struggles to find her nephew in 1844 Ireland. For one of them, the past is filled with privilege. For the other, the past is brutally difficult, filled with hunger and struggle. Will every choice that they make reverberate through time? And do Irish wolfhounds carry the souls of the ancient Celts?
Rocky's husband was just forty-two when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless, and her world changed forever. Haunted by guilt, she quits her job, chops off her hair and heads for a place where no one know her, on Peaks Island off the coast of Maine. She leaves her job as a psychologist behind and becomes an animal control warden. She saves a wounded black lab and is determined to uncover the mystery of his nearly fatal injury.
The Comet's Tale
reads like a fast-paced poetic memoir, telling the tale of the abolitionist heroine with innocence and accuracy. Sheehan imagines the interior life of Sojourner Truth, reaching beyond the heroine’s social and political persona to create a searing novel that infuses the historical atrocities of the 1800’s with the psychological speculation of who Sojourner really was.