A Second chance…
…with the new Island doc?
For widowed GP Owen Ledger, the arrival of his replacement, Dr. Lucy Childs is step one on the road to a new life… away from the island where he spent his marriage. Only as Owen hands over the practice to warm-hearted Lucy, he starts to see everything through fresh eyes. Could Lucy be the final step to a second chance – and show Owen that he does belong on the island – with her!
I live on an island of twenty-two thousand people. Which, despite it being a lot of people, you tend to hear the same names cropping up over and over again. Councillors, MPs, teachers, doctors. When people want to complain, you tend to hear about it. If someone does something wrong, it stays in the communities minds for a long time and forgiveness? Is something not often seen. People like to hold a grudge.
It was this aspect of island life that I wanted to explore in a book. How living on an island, where you’re fairly well-known and liked and how people expect a certain level of commitment from you. A certain standard of behaviour and how those people might react if you went against expectations.
So Owen came to life. He’s lived on Morrow Island with his wife for ages. Everyone loves him. Everyone puts his name with his wife’s. Who has died. Owen wants to move on, but the island doesn’t want to let him go.
Which, in turn, created Lucy. A woman stifled by the expectations of her family and their concerns for her, who breaks free of their hold and moves to an island, in the hope of becoming free, not realising that the second she arrives, she becomes one of them and that privacy and secrets are not things that you get to keep in a small community, who want to know everything about you and butt into your life.
Owen and Lucy’s story was such fun to write. I got to create an island, a community, a haunted cove with its own tragic love story. But I also got to create the good side of living in a small community. I got to create some great secondary characters!
I almost didn’t want to leave Morrow myself!
Originally, I named Morrow, because it rhymed with Sorrow. But this island is anything but sorrowful. It’s a happy place and Lucy helps Owen see it. She helps him realise just how much he is loved by everyone else.
And her, too, obviously!
I hope you enjoy Lucy and Owen’s story and maybe, one day, I might return to Morrow Island and explore some of the other characters on the island.