Tuckernuck is a small island off the coast of Nantucket. The island has no grocery stores or stores of any kind for that matter. It is a quiet island with beautiful beaches and most of all solitude. Birdie Cousins’ family had owned a house on Tuckernuck for generations. It was a simple cottage with no phones, no televisions, minimal electricity and no hot water. It was built in 1935. The furniture was old and the beds creaky. For Birdie, it was the perfect get away.
Every year Birdie and Grant would pack up their daughters and off they would go to Tuckernuck. But times had changed and no one had stayed in the house on Tuckernuck for thirteen years. Birdie and Grant were divorced and Chess and Tate were all grown up. In fact, Chess was getting married to a wonderful young man and Birdie was busy planning the festivities. It was going to be a beautiful affair complete with a “floating island” in the back yard pool.
Birdie knew that this could be her last time to have some real quality time with her daughter and came up with a brilliant idea… a few weeks on Tuckernuck Island. Just the two of them. Birdie was thrilled when Chess accepted her invitation and for the first time in years called their caretaker on the Island. There was quite a bit of work to be done if they were going to be able to stay in the long neglected house.
Nothing could have prepared Birdie for the late night call she received from Chess. The wedding was off…..no explanations…. Chess just DID NOT want to marry Michael. She was not in love. As if that wasn’t enough, only a few days later they received more devastating news. If there ever was a time that Chess needed her family, this was it.
Not only did Birdie invite her eldest daughter Tate, but she also invited her own sister India to join the group. India had suffered a loss in her life and Birdie thought that of all people perhaps she could help Chess with whatever she was going through. Off the four women went to the quaint island of Tuckernuck.
The Island is told through the voices of the four woman. Slowly secrets are revealed and the pieces all fall into place. If you are looking for one more beach read, The island could be just the thing. Another entertaining book by Elin Hilderbrand.