What would you do if a trusted best friend were suddenly arrested and charged with a crime that occurred before you ever knew her? What if she refused to talk about it? What if you had a dark past of your own to protect?
This is Poppy Blake’s dilemma as An Accidental Woman begins. The setting is Lake Henry, New Hampshire, and the season is late winter, just as the maple sap is about to be harvested and boiled down into syrup. A lifelong Lake Henryite, Poppy has been in a wheelchair for twelve years. But she is active and vibrant, truly the pulse of Lake Henry as she mans the town’s phones. Poppy desperately wants to help her friend, though it will mean facing demons of her own.
The cast of An Accidental Woman includes many of those from Lake News, among others, the man who most challenges Poppy’s conscience, Griffin Hughes. Here is a story of the power of community, the poignancy of life’s twists, and, lightly, the sweetness of maple syrup.