Oakley, Colleen

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The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

Fans of the delightfully bizarre and quaintly humorous will love Oakley’s (You Were There Too) hopeful tale about the powerful bond of community and how far people will go to protect someone they love.


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It is easy to get lost in this vividly told story with characters and a fictional malady that are utterly believable. Oakley's second novel (Before I Go) should build on the author's popularity and continue comparisons to popular authors such as Jojo Moyes.

Before I Go

The specifics of Daisy's disease are suggested here rather than described in detail, but cancer is palpable on every page. Readers will want simultaneously to hug Daisy and give her a good shake when she goes off the rails. Is she a bit too glib, too self-possessed for her situation? Oakley's debut sets her heroine off on a quest that might be a bit foolhardy, but Daisy bravely endures and discovers the healing power of love. Highly recommended for laugh-out-loud fans and the tearjerker set.

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