Healing Broken Hearts

Susan G. Mathis Author Interview

Rachel’s Reunion follows a woman working in her dream job who has her old love return and tries to rekindle things after breaking her heart. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

Rachel and Mitch worked in the Thousand Islands for several years. For two years, she served the Mr. and Mrs. Charles Emery in Calumet Castle on Calumet Island (you can read more about that in my novel, Peyton’s Promise, about her best friend). She was such a great character that I to continue her story, so I had her serve the most elite patrons at the famed New Frontenac Hotel on Round Island.

What is one pivotal moment in the story that you think best defines Rachel?

When Mitch gets hurt, Rachel finds forgiveness and, as a result, love.

There is so much to be said about love in this book. What do you hope your readers take away from your story?

All eleven of my Thousand Islands’ stories have hope as the central theme. Hope for a better future. Hope for love. Hope for healing. Rachel’s Reunion also focuses on healing broken hearts, and forgiving those who hurt you.

I hope the series continues in other books. If so, where will the story take readers? 

Mary’s Moment

(coming March 17, 2023)

Summer 1912

Thousand Island Park’s switchboard operator ​Mary Flynn is christened the community heroine for her quick action that saves dozens of homes from a fire. Less than a month later, when another disastrous fire rages through the Park, Mary loses her memory as she risks her life in a neighbor’s burning cottage. Will she remember the truth of her life or be deceived by a treacherous scoundrel?

Widowed fireman George Flannigan is enamored by the brave raven-haired lass and takes every opportunity to connect with Mary. But he has hidden griefs of his own that cause him great heartache. When George can’t stop the destructive Columbian Hotel fire from eradicating more than a hundred businesses and homes, he is distraught. Yet George’s greater concern is Mary … will she come to remember their budding relationship or be forever lost to him?   

A Summer at Thousand Island House

(coming July 25, 2023)

Summer, 1885

Thousand Island House, Alexandria Bay, NY

Addison Bell serves children of the Thousand Island House guests on Staple’s Island. Part nanny, part entertainer, she’s full of creative energy and endearing love for children. While thriving in her work, Addi’s vivacity attracts the attention of the recreation pavilion’s manager, Liam Donovan, as well as the handsome Navy Officer Lt. Worthington, a lighthouse inspector, hotel patron, and single father of mischievous little Jimmy.

When Jimmy goes missing while in Addi’s care and former President Chester Arthur finds the child a stowaway on his fishing boat, her job and reputation are endangered. How can she calm the churning waters of Liam, Lt. Worthington, and the President, clear her name, and avoid becoming the scorn of the Thousand Islands community?

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Summer 1904
Rachel Kelly serves the most elite patrons at the famed New Frontenac Hotel on Round Island. She has wondered about her old beau, Mitch, for nearly two years, ever since he toyed with her affections while on Calumet Island, then left for the high seas and taken her heart with him. Now he’s back, opening the wound she thought was healed.

Mitch O’Keefe returns to claim his bride but finds it more difficult than he thought. Returning to work at the very place he hated, he becomes captain of a New Frontenac Hotel touring yacht, just to be near Rachel. But his attempts to win her back are thwarted, especially when a wealthy patron seeks her attention. Who will Rachel choose?

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