By: Julia Snowden
From: Musseled Out
Author: Barbara Ross
Series: The Maine Clambake Mysteries
It’s a week before Columbus Day, the last gasp of the tourist season in coastal Maine, when the Snowden Family Clambake will shut down for the season.
My name is Julia Snowden. I returned to Busman’s Harbor, Maine last spring to save my family’s business, which was close to bankruptcy. I took a leave of absence from my job in venture capital and sublet my Manhattan apartment. Through a lot of hard work, we saved the business. Now it’s time for me to go back to my real life in New York, but complications have ensued.
I am in love.
So do I stay or do I go? And if I stay, where will I live? How will I pay rent and put food on the table in the off-season?
To make matters more complicated, David Thwing, owner of a chain of upscale seafood restaurants, has been in town looking for a property for his business, which will compete directly with the Snowden Family Clambake. We just got on our feet, but our financial situation is still precarious. A competitor like Thwing could kill us.
And though I’m in love with Chris Durand like I have never been before in my life, there are still problems—like the question of why he disappeared on his sailboat, the Dark Lady, several times over the summer. He never tells anyone when he’s leaving or where he’s been. Just poof, gone. He swears he won’t do whatever it is anymore, and we’ve tried to put it in the past like an old lover, but I’m not sure I can live with that solution.
So, a change of season and a lot of decisions. I just hope I make the right ones.
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