Book Review: Walter’s Muse by Jean Davies Okimoto

In 2010 I read a charming book by Jean Davies Okimoto, The Love Ceiling. (Click the title for my review.) It was filled with characters who came to life and made me care about them. I still think of them from time to time. I hated it when the book ended. It was set in the state of Washington and some of the time was spent on an island.

In this new novel, Walter’s Muse, some of the characters are back, and it takes place on the same island, Vashon Island. While The Love Ceiling was populated with four generations of characters, this one is a love story between people in their sixties. It’s heartwarming and so refreshing.

Here’s a brief summary from the author:

It’s the first summer of her retirement and librarian Maggie Lewis is relishing the unfolding of sweet summer days on Vashon Island: walking on the beach, reading the classics, and kayaking. But in June when a sudden storm hits the island, Maggie’s summer becomes about as peaceful as navigating white water. Not only does her wealthy sister arrive uninvited with a startling announcement; but Maggie finds herself entangled with her new Baker’s Beach neighbor, Walter Hathaway. A famous children’s author and recovering alcoholic, Walter has a history with Maggie they would each like to forget.

There’s something to love in each of the characters. Maggie, of course, is loveable because she’s a genuinely good person. It also helps that this former librarian is still reading some great books. Walter is grumpy but a big bear of a man writing children’s books. He was so endearing as well as sexy.

The summer spent on Vashon Island will change the lives of the characters. Spending time with the people in this novel may not necessarily change your life, but I’ll bet you’ll feel it’s been enriched.


The publisher is offering one reader a chance to win a copy of this book. In the comments section, please let me know if you are interested. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday.

Thanks to the publisher for my copy of Walter’s Muse and to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of it all.  To see other stops on the book tour, see the schedule here: TLC Book Tours

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11 Responses to Book Review: Walter’s Muse by Jean Davies Okimoto

  1. Barbara says:

    I remember you sent me The Love Ceiling, knowing I would love it, and I did. I’m very anxious to read her new book. Apparently I’m not going to be part of the TLC tour, so please enter me to win a copy.

  2. Well, obviously, older protagonists one of whom is a former librarian still reading great books: have to read this one! :–) Please enter me!

  3. It does sound refreshing to have a love story between older people. This book sounds charming!

  4. Ti says:

    This reminds me of the movie The Four Seasons… well, sort of. If you haven’t seen the movie you would love it (Alan Alda, Carol Burnett).
    I would love a chance to win this book!

  5. kaye says:

    that does sound refreshing.

  6. Staci says:

    I don’t believe that I’ve ever read where you referred to a characters as sexy! 😀 so with that…..I must read the first one and I would love to win this one!!!

  7. Peggy Ann says:

    Please enter me this book looks really good! Thank you!

  8. nfmgirl says:

    Sounds great! The cover makes me want to hop in a kayak and paddle around the islands! Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  9. Lisa Garrett says:

    I just recently heard of this book and would love to read it!

  10. stacybuckeye says:

    I read another review that made me think I would like this one. Since there are some of the same characters do I need to read the other book first? If not, throw my name in for the giveaway.

  11. I’m so happy you got to visit with some favorite characters again!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

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