Everyone remembers their first love, but sometimes it's the second love that lasts... "Evocative and heartfelt, The Guestbook is the profound story of one woman's journey toward hope, renewal and a second chance at love on a lush Pacific Northwest island. Curl up with your favorite cup of cocoa and enjoy." Anjali Banerjee - author of Imaginary Men and Haunting Jasmine The Guestbook: weaves together the heart of Nicholas Sparks' books, the romance of Nora Robert's work, and the charm of Debbie Macomber. Fleeing her picture-perfect life among the privileged set and the wreckage of a failed marriage, Lily Parkins moves to the only place that still holds happy memories: her grandmother's farmhouse, now a converted B&B on the enchanting Madrona Island. After learning her grandmother has passed away, Lily is left with only an old guestbook as her guide-a curious book full of letters, recipes, and glimpses into her family history. She is determined to embrace her newfound independence and recreate herself, one page at a time. With the help of quirky island residents, she finds the strength to follow her passion and culinary dreams. But as soon as she has sworn off men and is standing on her own two feet, Lily meets Ian, the alluring artist who lives next door, and her new life is suddenly thrown off course. The last thing she wants to do right now is fall in love. Ultimately, Lily must decide if it's worth giving up her soul for security or risk everything to follow her heart. "THE GUESTBOOK by Andrea Hurst has all the makings of a New York Times Bestseller. A great read for the beach, hotel or cruise ship, THE GUESTBOOK, Ms. Hurst's debut novel exhibits storytelling at its best and a writing acumen borne from experience and understanding the human condition. A masterly first go." Susan Wingate, Amazon Bestseller and Author of Award-winning novels, DROWNING and BOBBY'S DINER. REVIEWS 5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect summer read!!!!, July 31, 2012 By Lyrical Days This review is from: The Guestbook (Paperback) I honestly did not know what to expect with this book, but what an exciting surprise! The Guestbook by Andrea Hurst is jam packed with hidden treasures along with a compelling story. The descriptions of the flowers, the mountains, the sky, the animals, and the FOOD were poetic and made me feel like I could actually smell and taste the foods, or feel the nature around me. I personally love Lilly's story of recovery after a bad marriage. She is strong, creative, and an inspiration to all women who have to restart their lives. I am recommending it to all of my friends. Hopefully this will become a series because I miss the island and the brownies already!!!