Pretty Kate Grace, 30, is a successful, respected lifestyle writer for the popular New York View Magazine. She has everything she could want — a loving family, a marriage-bound relationship with a handsome real estate developer, and great friends. Life gets even better when she is given the plum writing assignment of interviewing top talk show host, TV producer and philanthropist, Olivia Larkin, a 40-year-old black woman who has successfully navigated the glass ceiling creating her own dynamic life. However, when Kate takes her first trip to Kauai to interview Olivia in her seaside Princeville estate on the Garden Isle of Kauai, little does Kate know that this trip is part of divine providence’s plan. For when Kate arrives back in New York, her life takes an immediate downward spiral. The man she has dated for five years tells her that the marriage they have talked about and believed in, will never be. Then, just as Kate is about to emerge from this traumatic loss, she suffers another, the death of her dear mother. As these unforeseen, life-altering events disrupt Kate’s raison d’etre and life, as she has known it, her new friend Olivia comes to the rescue, offering her respite as her guest in a seaside garden cottage rental in the ancient, magical paradise that is Hanalei, Kauai.
The angelical “otherworldly” occurrences that begin to transpire are too synchronistic and too poignant for Kate to ignore. Kate believes, somehow, that her mother’s death bed promise to her, to help guide Kate find her way in this life, is indeed the answer to these mystical occurrences. As a result, Kate begins to look at her choices and the world differently. Allowing life to unfold naturally, close to nature, and with a new perspective proves to ignite both Kate’s spirituality and creativity. It also aligns Kate to meet her true soul mate, Kai, a young Emergency Room doctor with a passion for nature and gardening, who has also suffered his own share of disappointments as well as the heartbreak of losing his mother in a tragic accident that has caused a family riff. Together, with Olivia’s friendship, and a little divine “motherly” direction from above, both Kate and Kai help themselves and their families to heal, and in the process rediscover all the beauty and joy that life, love, and Ohana (“family”) has to hold.
“Maryann Ridini Spencer lends her talented pen to a sweeping tale that is sure to involve the heart.”
—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times best-selling author
“Lady in the Window is an inspiring and inspirational story; a perfect remedy for the stresses we all experience, and as soothing as an ocean sunset. Maryann Ridini Spencer writes beautifully with great insight into the human heart. This is a story that will stay with you for a long time.”
—Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times best-selling author