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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; First Edition edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671035738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671035730
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The journal entries of Evangeline (Vangie) Worth, a WWII bride whose husband, John, is overseas, make up the bulk of this amiable follow-up to Wilson's praised first novel, Beauty. Recovering from the loss of her first baby, Vangie spends the summer of 1944 in Hawke's Cove, a New England coastal community and her childhood vacation spot. Poetry and journal writing fill her time until a stranger shows up looking for work. Joe Green, who mysteriously appears in town at a time when almost every able-bodied man is "over there," moves into Vangie's guest room in exchange for repairing her dilapidated barn. Working on the farm and socializing with the locals, the two become great friends. When Vangie learns that John is missing in action, Joe becomes her pillar of support, and their idyllic relationship blossoms. Then John is found and sent home to Boston, where Vangie must meet him, leaving everything behind except her memories. Deftly shifting back and forth from Vangie's journal entries to the narratives of five other characters, Wilson assembles a polyvocal assortment of letters, journals and text spanning 50 years. Ushering the story into 1993, Vangie's journalist son, Charlie, travels to Hawke's Cove to investigate a recently dredged up Hellcat plane that crashed there in 1944. In a twist of fate, he falls for a local girl; she is Maggie Green, who helps him uncover the true story of the old military plane, her enigmatic father and his reticent mother. Sentimental and sweet, Wilson's tale proves her an empathetic storyteller whose plainspoken Yankee characters have strong appeal.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is the story of a lonely young woman left behind when her husband goes off to fight during World War II and a fighter pilot who goes AWOL. Set on a small island similar to Martha's Vineyard, and told partially through the young woman's journal, the story explores the themes of love vs. duty, obedience vs. morality, and the costs of patriotism. Evangeline Worth and Joe Green come to know each other slowly and almost unwillingly, and when they are ultimately separated, each goes on to lead a full and meaningful life, while never forgetting the other. The lessons about choices and never-forgotten love are haunting. Wilson's second novel (after Beauty) would be a terrific book discussion choice. For all fiction collections.
-Kim Uden Rutter, Lake Villa District Lib., IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The characters are all warm and their motives feel genuine.
Harriet Klausner
While the story of long-lost love has a ring of familiarity to it, the execution is the real story here.
WILLIE A YOUNG II
I finished this book a couple days ago, and I can't get over how the characters have stayed with me.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maudeen Wachsmith VINE VOICE on September 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
From the pen of Susan Wilson (Beauty) comes a gem of a story that can't fail to touch all who read it.
It's 1944 and Evangeline Worth is summering at Hawke's Cove on the New England coast much to the dismay of her husband who is serving with the allied forces in Europe. John Worth is a city boy and can't understand Vangie's attachment to the rundown farm she inherited from her grandmother. This has put a strain on their nine-year marriage but Vangie had spent many summers in Hawke's Cove as she was growing up. It reminds her of a more gentle time and would be a good time for her to get over the recent loss of her baby as well as to spend some time writing her poetry.
When a stranger suddenly appears in Hawke's Cove, no one seems to realize he has anything to do with the missing Hellcat pilot whose plane was gone down nearby. Vangie needs someone to help her on the farm, it's suggested she hire the stranger who says his name is Joe Green.
Throughout the summer Vangie and Joe forge an almost too comfortable alliance - each with a secret they're reluctant to reveal. When Vangie's receives word her husband is missing in action, Joe is of great comfort to her.
But there is a second story here - that of Vangie and John's youngest son, Charlie, a reporter who, in 1993 is assigned to write a story about the Hellcat airplane which has recently been discovered in the water off the little New England village of Hawke's Cove. The reader is kept at the edge of their seat as 50-year-old secrets are about to be revealed after Charlie meets Maggie Green - the daughter of Joe from 50 years previously.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on February 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a wonderful love story. I love Vangie Worth, and the way that Susan Wilson tells her story is quite unique. She switches from different times and places, and the way she weaves her tale the reader is carried away with it. It's like reading about a quite lovely dream. This is a poignant love story that lasts through five decades even though the two people only are together for 7 months so long ago. Reading this book is like slipping into a warm, scented, steaming bath. Give yourself the pleasure.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In 1944, Evangeline Worth is distraught as her oldest son just died and her spouse John remains overseas fighting in the European Theater of Operation. To get away from her troubles, Vangie heads to her favorite spot in the world, her deceased grandmother's farm in HAWKE'S COVE New England.

A plane went down near Hawke Cove and the pilot is missing. At the same time, Joe Greene enters Vangie's life just as she learns that John is MIA. Joe and Vangie begin to fall in love as they comfort one another. They eventually learn that John is found alive.

In 1993, Vangie's reporter son Charlie investigates the World War II plane found in the cove. His inquiries introduce him to Joe and the man's daughter Maggie. Charlie and Maggie are attracted to one another, forcing five-decade old secrets to be revealed.

HAWKE'S COVE is a complex romance that centers on the concept that love is an eternal energy that changes but never is depleted. The various approaches to the narration may throw some readers off, but actually adds to the depth of the tale. The characters are all warm and their motives feel genuine. Susan Wilson shows her abilities as she weaves two stories into one with the touch of a master magician.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Gold VINE VOICE on March 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Susan Wilson writes in an evocative albeit unassuming manner. This book is written in two distinct parts, the first being solely from the female protagonist's POV. The second part is written from the POV of many of the characters. Underneath it all, this is a romance, but not in the "genre" style. What makes this book work is that the author presents characters who, although they may act dishonorably, are not immoral. To give more detail would do a disservice to the prose, which ends in a very ethereal manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bibliofiend" on January 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The main premise of this story is that of a young wife whose husband goes off to war, leaving her alone in Hawke's Cove at her grandmother's house where she spent her childhood summers and has inherited. Her husband is reported MIA, a handsome man (Joe Green) shows up out of nowhere and incorporates himself into her life, and then she gets news that her husband has been found and is on his way home. She leaves the island and returns to her home in Boston and doesn't return to the island until 50 years later to attend her son's wedding. Throughout this time, Vangie and Joe keep in touch via letters, but have no contact other than that. Although fifty years have passed and Vangie and Joe have led their own lives, their love for each other has endured. The author also offers other people's perspectives throughout the story, which adds to the intensity of the story. I would highly recommend this book for anybody who likes a nice, simple, down-home type of read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WILLIE A YOUNG II on February 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
While the story of long-lost love has a ring of familiarity to it, the execution is the real story here. Evangaline "Vangie" Worth is a very well written, three dimensional character that anyone, male or female, can easily empathize with. The arrival of Joe Green on her farm wearing her drafted husband's clothes adds a delightful air of mystery to the novel and though we feel thier love blossoming graudually, Susan Wilson keeps us wondering about Joe's true origins until almost the last moment and when he and Vangie finally 'get together', the payoff is wondrous! "Hawkes Cove" is a brisk, light and delightful read. The passages from Vangie's journal detailing life on the farm and how she and Joe spent the Summer of 1944 together are especially endearing.
A great book for anytime of the year!
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