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Publisher Description

The sensational New York Times bestseller The Mill River Recluse reminds us that friendship, family, and love can come from the most unexpected places. Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy.

From the outside, Mill River looks like any sleepy little Vermont town where everyone knows everyone and people never need to lock their doors. There are newcomers for whom this appeals, from police officer Kyle Hansen and his daughter Rowen, who are starting over after heartache, to Claudia Simon, the schoolteacher who is determined to reinvent herself.
But on closer inspection, there are those in Mill River—including a stealthy arsonist, a covetous nurse, and a pilfering priest—who have things they wish to hide. None more than the widow Mary McAllister, who for the past sixty years has secluded herself in her marble mansion overlooking the town. Most of the residents have never even seen the peculiar woman. Only the priest, Father O’Brien, knows the deep secrets that keep Mary isolated—and that, once revealed, will forever change the community.
Praise for The Mill River Recluse
“[Darcie] Chan’s sweet novel displays her talent. . . . A comforting book about the random acts of kindness that hold communities together.”Kirkus Reviews
“A heartwarming story.”Examiner

“A real page-turner.”—IndieReader

Fiction & Literature
May 18
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Jeangirlk ,

A beautiful novel

Thoroughly engaging--read it in a day because I did not want to stop. The characters' personalities are so developed I felt like I knew each of them. Looking forward to more by this author.

Mmm meggie ,

The Mill River Recluse

All my life the "right" book has appeared before me when it was most needed. The Mill River Recluse beyond being a well written warm and moving story has brought comfort to me as I grapple with a long chronic illness which frequently holds me in place much as the anxiety disorder held The Recluse in place so very many years. Thank you for the gift of this book...its richly woven tapestry of life, love, and grace.

Leslieleo ,


If it were possible to rate this below one star, I would do so.

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