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"Gerlerís writing is replete with compassion and grace as she addresses issues of poverty, nationality, loss, and love that arise on this small island. The fast-paced narrative style offers a host of plot twists and unexpected developments for the denizens of sleepy Pelican Isle that should keep readers eagerly turning pages. With finesse and wit, the author depicts the power of kindness in healing the human heart. A wholesome and uplifting tale of rediscovered hope, love, and second chances..." --Kirkus Reviews



When Ally Albrightís husband and unborn child are killed by a drunk driver, Ally is certain her life has ended, as well.


But a request from a beloved professor to teach a first-grade class on Pelican Isle draws Ally from her grief and the security of her parentsí home to the remote island off the coast of North Carolina. Though her plan is to teach only until a permanent replacement can be found, Ally is immediately captivated by her enthusiastic and endearing students. Befriended by the islanders, including charming Dr. Chris Cruz and loving yet eccentric neighbor Joy Summers, Ally accepts the communityís hospitality and discovers that Pelican Isle is not just a way station, it is a safe harbor for recovery, rebirth, and hopeónot just for Ally but for all the residents of the island.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
Matthew 25:35


Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 25:40