Across a Narrow Strait

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An excerpt:

The microwave beeped. Anna removed the steaming lasagna, stepped into the dining room, and, plate in one hand, fork in the other, stood at the screen door that opened onto the back deck. The property was a mess. She hadn’t realized how much of a mess when she bought the place. She wanted gardens like her gran’s. Gran. She could use her help right now. Tears welled up. She wiped them away and slid open the screen door and sat on Alain’s old sling-back deck chair, the brown and beige striped one with the worn seat. Hers, next to it, was blue and white and also worn. She hadn’t been able to get rid of either of them. They’d taken up most of the balcony of their Pacific Avenue apartment but here, on her eight-by-ten-foot cedar deck, they barely made a dent.

She took a forkful of lasagna. A bird was singing. She scanned the yard. On the fence post, eight feet away. A bird with a red head. It didn’t chirp like a robin. Its song was more like a warble, with multiple notes and harmony. She squinted, tried for a better look. Its little throat vibrated as it sang. In the distance, an echo. Or a reply? Yes, there seemed to be a conversation going on. Two birds singing to each other across the treetops. Then she remembered the nightingale, the one they’d listened to together thirty-six years earlier, in Marseille.


What people are saying …

Beautifully written — I really enjoyed this book. Wonderful likable characters, strong female main character, gorgeous island setting in British Columbia that made we want to move there, and a warm-hearted, compelling story with interesting information on birds woven into its fabric. (Terry)

Complex characters with real-life issues – After the death of her husband, Anna suddenly moves to a small island in the “Salish Sea.” She may be alone but she brings her complicated relationships with her family and friends in Vancouver with her and finds that her new island friends aren’t any easier. Each character in this book is unique — no stereotypes here! — and every relationship rings true. The changes that Anna goes through and the insights she gains along the way make this book a real page turner. I really liked it! (Patricia Macdonald)

Deeply human characters and experiences — The book is set primarily on a fictitious Gulf Island off the BC coast and explores a few years in the life of Anna, a widow who moves there. The characters are beautifully constructed, the events very life-like, and the challenges both familiar and complex. The changes Anna undergoes in her new location are beautifully described and moving. A fast read, yet thoughtful and filled with unexpected turns. I loved this book.  (Gary D. Prideaux)
A fast moving easy-to-read story — lots of action that made me both laugh and cry, several times! Taught me, painlessly, many things I didn’t know about and was glad to learn. On top of that, the familiarity of place and people made it especially delightful for me. What more could I ask for from a novel? Thank you!! (Heide Brown)

Having lived on a gulf island for the last 13 years, I could relate to the experiences of many of the characters in Sharon McInnes’ book “Across A Narrow Strait”, from Anna’s seemingly impetuous move from a large community to the myriad meetings on issues that never quite get resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. Reminiscent of William Deverill’s Arthur Beauchamp series, which also captures the quirks of living on a fictional gulf island (albeit without any bloodshed), McInnes tells this story with a warm tone that provoked both laughter and tears in this reader. Recommended, bought 2 more copies to give as holiday gifts. (Adrienne Vance)

This is a delightful story, beautifully crafted. In much the same way that Anne Tyler has captivated millions of readers over so many years, Sharon McInnes’ heart-warming tale of the ordinary lives of ordinary people shows that no-one is really ordinary and everyone’s life is entirely their own, in big and small ways that create pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow and a multitude of other emotions that make our so-called ‘ordinary’ lives unique. The human frailties which complicate our relationships with family and friends is clearly on display here and I was surprised at how the author’s honest re-counting of things not said or done that should have been, and things said and done that should not, often brought an unexpected upswell of emotion that reminded me that I was still very much alive and had a heart. (Paul Ryan)


To purchase Across a Narrow Strait … 

… in paperback from, click here.

… in paperback from, click here.

… in ebook format for Kindle, click  here. (If you don’t have Kindle, you can download it for free from the App Store or Google Play.)

… in ebook format for Kobo, click here.

Please order through the distributor, Red Toque Bookshere.

To contact the author, please go to the Contact page


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