is a town of the seasons -- the quiet of winter, the hope of spring,
the hustle and bustle of summer, and the glory of fall. The McBains
of Grace Harbor have lived and worked there since the 1910s, running
the Compass Rose Guest Quarters adjacent to the Grace Island Marina,
first to provide meals and accommodations for boaters, then later
as a country inn of its own.
generations of McBains have run the Compass Rose. Now, with Amanda
and Ian McBain at the helm of the business, their children, the
latest generation of McBains, struggles to find itself amid the
enduring world they know.
and Ian understand their children -- Cady, Max, and Walker -- have
their own lives to lead but they worry about what will happen to
the family legacy. They wish they had a child like their nephew
Tucker, who taken over the Grace Island Marina from his father.
knows she should be happy just to have two of her three children
living nearby, but she knows their lives aren’t all they can
be. Her youngest, Cady, is too impatient and needs a moderating
influence. Her middle daughter, Max, worries too much about her
career and avoids thinking about herself. Her son, Walker, has left
Grace Harbor entirely.
out what happens to the McBains and the Compass Rose in The
Chef's Choice, Cady's story (August 2008); The
Doctor's Orders, Max's story (2009); and The
Prodigal Son Returns, Walker's story (2009); and The
Runaway Bride, Tucker's story (2009).