A review by linesiunderline
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island, by Colleen Oakley

emotional lighthearted mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


I wanted this book to be as winsome and whimsical and quietly heartfelt as the premise suggested. A little Practical Magic, a little Evvie Drake, a little Stars Hollow but make it an island.

And it wasn’t a complete letdown. It just wasn’t all that. Am I asking too much? Perhaps.

It started off with promise - loved Frick Island, loved Piper and Tom’s love story, felt charmed by the quirky townspeople. 

The thing is, I liked Piper and the Frick residents A LOT more than Anders. Anders didn’t deserve as much plot time as they did, in my opinion. I just didn’t care about him very much and he annoyed me, so the sections that zoomed in on him left me 🤷🏼‍♀️ and sometimes 😴. Needless to say I did not believe in the Anders and Piper romance.

So not a total loss, but not what dreams are made of. Read if you want to travel to a quirky Chesapeake island with hints of magic and a solid sense of community.

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