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Fifth Book From Hunter Lake Series Out Now!
From the mind of Michigan author B.G. Bradley, this is the fifth installment in the Hunter Lake series, and contains multiple stories from the beloved world of Hunter Lake, a fictional small town nestled in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Returning characters from the O’Brian and Sylvanus families share their stories of love, loss, and history as they discover the hidden secrets of Hunter Lake’s storied past.
Where you’re from is a part of who you are. Deep in the woods outside the village of Hunter, among the towering maples of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula the history runs deep. How do legends begin? Where do they intersect with history? How do they figure into both the present and the future? Follow the chronicles of Hunter Lake and it’s sacred surroundings from the town’s founding to the present, and discover, the stories, the secrets, and the mysteries that inhabit these familiar waters. All your favorites from the O’Brian and Sylvanus families are back, along with new friends and ancestors. Take a walk in these great north woods with us through the years. Who knows what treasures and surprises you may find in the words on these pages and in the enkindled emotions and imaginings of your own heart and mind. Come on along as the citizens of Hunter pass along their storied history from one generation to the next!
Link to Old Hunter:
Deep in the woods outside the village of Hunter, among the towering maples of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula the locals have an old tradition of coming together when the sap runs. ‘Sugar Shack Time’ is a time of gathering. Time slows. The old and the young sit back in discarded pinch-bottom chairs inside makeshift sheds, and elaborate ramshackle sugar houses, and tell slow stories about old times. This is your invitation to join Ben, Val, Jen, Dale, Carrie, Father Bill, and all your favorite characters from the Hunter Lake Series, as they gather around the fire at Ray’s Sugar Shack in the woods near the U.P. village of Hunter, to tell their tales. You’ll hear tales of the wild, tales of love, tales of loss, tales to inspire, tales to make you laugh out loud, tales to make you remember when. Yes, all your favorite characters have gathered on one legendary snowy April Fool’s Day out at the Sugar Shack, and each of them will tell you a story that may, if you listen closely, reveal what makes them tick. And in the process, you may well learn something about someone you love, or perhaps a bit more about that person you greet daily in the mirror. It’s a pilgrimage, friends, one Chaucer might appreciate. So settle in and listen to the stories. What’s more, Tales from the Sugar Shack is just a hint of what’s to come in the Hunter Lake Series. Be the first one to get the insights set to the rhythms of a crackling fire.
Link to Tale From The Sugar Shack:
Ben O’Brian is lost.
He was once a poet, an educator, a husband, and a father. But now his career is over, his children are grown, and his beloved wife Grace has passed on. He’s starting to think his best days are behind him. With his books and his faithful Labrador retrievers he has retired to his quaint secluded cabin on the shores of Hunter Lake, nestled in the heart of the great north woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
But he is not alone in the world. Determined not to let him succumb to his own asceticism, Ben’s family coerces him into joining his sister on a cross-country train trip to their brother’s wedding. But things take an unexpected turn when Ben meets a mysterious, yet oddly familiar stranger along the way. Can the old poet find new love after all these years? All he needs is a little faith, and… Grace.
Link to Winter Heart:
Dale Sylvanus has work to do.
Battle-tested ex-Marine, Dale Syvanus pulls double duty as the town handyman for the humble citizens of Hunter, Michigan…the quiet lake community situated in the heart of Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula…and driving his wrecker around the back country roads and byways that surround Hunter Lake, helping stranded motorists.
But Dale’s real work is at home, where his wife Carrie is not-so-patiently waiting for him to get his act together. His old drinking buddies–ironically referred to as “The Puppies” by the good folks of Hunter–have been taking up entirely too much of his time. It’s been months since Carrie rightly showed him the door, and Dale knows he’s got no one but himself to blame; but with the echoes of Afghanistan still shouting in his ears, Dale’s escapes often come at the expense of those he loves.
Luckily for Dale, help comes in the form of an old free-spirited priest named Father Bill, who’s no stranger to the hard life. Will his guidance be enough to help Dale find his redemption?
Link to Summer Rounds:
People who grow up in the U.P. often find a way to come back.
Fallback, the third installment of the Hunter Lake Book Series, chronicles the return of international lawyer Jake O’Brian to Hunter Lake. People who grow up in the U.P. often find a way to come back. Those who don’t often daydream, as they gaze out city office windows, about pristine clear winter skies over cross country ski tracks on new crystalline snow, the colorful outbreak of fall, spring buds on the trees and the spectacular breakup of ice on inland lakes, or the long light and bright stars of summer over a campfire. So it’s not surprising that international lawyer and home town golden boy Jake O’Brian has come back to Hunter. He’s come back alone with a secret he doesn’t fully fathom. It’s doubtful he’ll keep it long. After all Hunter is a small U.P. town, and his lovable, nosy sister Jen lives in it. So does his brother, the old poet and teacher Ben who can read Jake like a book, though the old curmudgeon would prefer and half believes this isn’t so. What Ben and Jen know, what most of the town knows, is that old player Jake, who has starred on athletic fields in the field of law and in playing the field still has some growing up to do. And life, especially in the U.P. where living can be harsh and simple and thus you can’t fool much of anyone about much of anything, has a way of causing maturity to happen. And though Jake has made his escape from his sophisticated life, his trophy wife Christy, who is pretty shiny herself, might have something to say or do about that. Return to your fictional U.P. hometown of Hunter near beautiful, mysterious Hunter Lake, and find out what Jake has to learn. Or come for a visit for the first time or the hundredth. All those wise, funny, deceptively astute home folks are waiting for you.
“We’re very excited to keep this series rolling,” said Bradley. “Jake’s story sheds a new light on all the other characters and gives new insight into someone, you may come to appreciate more before the story is over.”
Link to Fallback:
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