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Abbott's Reach

The long awaited sequel to Pink Chimneys

Softcover, 292 pages, Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-934031-42-1

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$16.95
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About this Book:

Set in nineteenth century Maine, Abbott's Reach is the story of a headstrong and emotional young woman setting sail on her honeymoon voyage with her sea captain husband. Their travels around Cape Horn to Hawaii and back home again, are rife with excitement, romance, adventure and family strife. This gripping novel is the sequel to the author's now-classic Pink Chimneys, set around a notorious Bangor brothel.

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"The characters are bright, amusing and entertaining, and the adventure Hamlin has brewed is turbulent as a tempest at times, but also full of light and beauty, both local and foreign. When you pick up the book, choose a comfortable seat on a rainy day, because the many forks in M's road will keep you guessing which way the story will go. "
—Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News

“Fans of historical fiction will find Abbott’s Reach to be a masterpiece of vivid historical accuracy. Vibrant character development and intricate, careful plotting, provide colorful and exciting insight into Maine's seafaring families in the 1870s. … Hamlin's skillful portrayal of M and the challenges she faces give this story a true sense of realism and satisfying romance.”
—Bill Bushnell, Morning Sentinel

From Pink Chimneys to The Havener Sisters

From Pink Chimneys to The Havener Sisters

An Appreciation of Ardeana Hamlin's Historical Fiction

by Elise Ozarowski

When Ardeana Hamlin’s Pink Chimneys was originally published in 1987, the writer did not realize her debut novel would become a classic. She “figured it would enjoy a year or two of popularity and fade gracefully away.”

Before writing Pink Chimneys, a tale of the infamous nineteenth-century Bangor brothel, Hamlin had never even considered publishing a novel. Her primary focus was  journalism. However, the Bingham, Maine native was always been interested in the state’s history, and this story set along the Penobscot River during the heyday of the city's lumbering boom intrigued her. Still, she was surprised that it has enjoyed far longer than the brief burst of popularity she first imagined. It was republished in 2007, twenty years after its original release, and it has has spawned two follow-up novels. In 2011, Abbott’s Reach was published and now in 2015 a third book in this series, The Havener Sisters, has arrived.

With the publication of The Havener Sisters comes an opportunity to step back and examine the themes that run through her complex and layered body of work. Her fiction is built upon the same skills that make her a successful journalist, though these elements work slightly differently in the context of a novel. Her smart yet subtle humor is reminiscent of Jane Austen, and her ability to create intimacy in the third person is reminiscent of Charlotte Brontë. While her writing conveys the time period and setting, there is something unapologetically modern about it, giving her work a quality that all writers strive for: timelessness.

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The Havener Sisters: A Delightful Adventure in Historic Maine

The Havener Sisters: A Delightful Adventure in Historic Maine

Ardeana Hamlin recently released The Havener Sisters ($16.95, Islandport Press), which details the lives of triplets China, India and Persia who in their mid-50s find that they have to sell their late father’s boat and reinvent their lives. For China, this goes beyond just moving to a smaller house in Fort Point with her two sisters. It also involves learning what it means to live apart – if only for a time – from her identical sisters.

Growing up in the 1800s, the sisters traveled with their parents on their father’s ship, The Empress. But with both of their parents dead, and not being able to procure the licensing to sail “The Empress” themselves, the sisters are forced to make some hard changes in their life and redefine themselves accordingly.

China orders a camera, and decides to embark on a journey to inland Maine and see the sights and take pictures along the way. It’s the first time any of the three of them have lived apart, but she’s determined to see it through. On the way she meets many new people, not the least of which is young Clint Remick, an orphan without a soul in the world to look after him. He ends up attaching himself to China, who hires him to help carry her luggage. He becomes her erstwhile cabin boy for her journey. 

The Havener Sisters is the third book in a series that began with Pink Chimneys and includes Abbott's Reach. Fans of the series will recognize old friends and see some familiar places, but someone just picking up the book will never feel lost. If anything, they will feel compelled to learn more about these characters in the other books.

Hamlin’s prose is crisp and delicate, like pressed linens. She manages to convey a sense of the times without weighing the reader down – in fact, it’s the fine detail work that really gives this book the sense of a period piece. It’s as though she’s able to pull the reader in and show them snapshots of Maine-gone-by, doing so with a clear sense of love, respect and historical diligence. 

She imbues her characters with a sense of humanity and warmth while still impressing upon the reader a true sense of time and place. This book is a fantastic addition to Hamlin’s work, and if you haven’t had a chance to see historic Maine through this lens, there has never been a better time to start.

For more information about “The Havener Sisters,” visit www.islandportpress.com.

Originally printed in The Maine Edge on November 17, 2015.

Ardeana Hamlin

About this Author

Ardeana Hamlin grew up in Bingham, Maine, in the 1950s and 1960s, in the days of the river drives, the veneer mill, and the woods operations. She has always loved writing; Hamlin wrote her

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