A moving, emotional, and unpredictable drama.


In Meade’s debut novel, a young man struggles to keep his relationship with his girlfriend afloat while uncovering his own family’s secrets. 

When 23-year-old David first meets Hope, he’s immediately taken by her easy charm and beauty, thinking she’s an “effervescent fairy” and a “harbinger of light and good will.” However, he increasingly finds her inscrutable and sees cracks in the persona that she presents, which creates emotional distance between them. She was clearly badly burned in a fire, but he doubts her account of how it happened. One night, during a sexual encounter, he refuses to grant her unsettling request that he strike her in the face. Meade, through David’s perspective, poignantly captures the awkward, unspoken discomfort between them immediately afterward: “I didn’t understand then what you needed to be able to feel. That you needed me to cut through the layers you covered yourself with. I just didn’t know how to do it.” Still, David perseveres, intent on not becoming “just another person on the list of people who have let her down.” He inherits a “rotting cabin” in the woods of New Hampshire from his recently deceased paternal grandfather, Theo, who lived a secluded life as a hermit and always remained something of a mystery. As David continues to recount his faltering relationship with his girlfriend and tries to decipher a series of clues in the cabin that point to well-guarded family secrets, he becomes increasingly aware of a presence in the woods. The entire story is conveyed from David’s first-person perspective, framed as a communication to Hope. Over the course of the novel, Meade artfully explores the cumbersome weight of personal secrets and the emotional consequences of concealing a source of profound shame. It’s revealed, for instance, that David has his own cross to bear—he hit an elderly man with his car and fled the scene of the accident—and Meade vividly depicts the manner in which he tries to free himself of his guilt. 

A moving, emotional, and unpredictable drama.

Pub Date: April 14, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-63152-691-6

Page Count: 272

Publisher: She Writes Press

Review Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2020

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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.


Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...


An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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