Beloved author Robin Oliveira returns with a sweeping story of star-crossed lovers and the birth of Seattle!
A WILD AND HEAVENLY PLACE is an ode to the Pacific Northwest, to those courageous and resilient enough to chase the American Dream, and to a love so powerful it endures beyond distance, beyond hope. Hailey MacIntyre seems conjured from the depths of Samuel Fiddes’s loneliness. Caring for his young sister in the tenements of Glasgow, Scotland, Samuel has known only hunger, while Hailey has never known want. Yet, when Samuel saves Hailey’s brother from a runaway carriage, their connection is undeniable. Through secret meetings and stolen moments, their improbable love grows. But then the City of Glasgow Bank fails in 1878, and Hailey’s bankrupt father impulsively moves their family across the globe to Seattle, a city rumored to have coal in its hills and easy money for anyone willing to work for it. But the fledgling town barely cut out of the wilderness will test them all in ways unimaginable. Oliveira’s inspiration for A Wild and Heavenly Place was kindled years ago by her time on San Juan Island, the history of the coal mines near her home in Cougar Mountain, and her own Scottish family roots.
“A Wild and Heavenly Place tells a vivid story of the grit and the glory of early Seattle. Robin Oliveira brings to life the rugged living conditions, the stunning natural setting, and the determination, desperation, and ambition of its first settlers. All of it a backdrop for an epic story of star-crossed lovers that spans continents and classes.” —Erica Bauermeister, New York Times bestselling author of No Two Persons
“The book is part love story, part history of place, part geography, part geology, and all excellent. Robin Oliveira weaves those elements seamlessly into a narrative that depicts the early days of Seattle and the people who struggled with the land, themselves, and each other to gain a foothold in a place both foreign and beautiful. I am all admiration for the author's impeccable research and dedication to getting every detail right at the same time as she spins a story of love, despair, jealousy, revenge, and hope in the lives of characters the reader won't soon forget.” —Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author of Something to Hide
“In A Wild and Heavenly Place, Robin Oliveira tells the story of early Seattle and the immigrants who settled it. With a colorful cast of supporting characters, this gripping, epic love story between two valiant characters who meet as opposites in Scotland, but find their positions reversed in wild and woolly Seattle pulls you in from the beginning and rewards you with an ending that is both triumphant and bittersweet.” —Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife
“Meticulously researched, beautifully rendered, and immersively detailed, A Wild and Heavenly Place takes the reader from nineteenth-century Glasgow to fledging Seattle and a fascinating history too seldom told. Robin Oliveira’s words have changed the way I see home, what came before, and what has been here all along.”—Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is
Robin Oliveira is the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter, I Always Loved You, and Winter Sisters. She holds a BA in Russian and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow. She received an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a former registered nurse, specializing in critical care. She lives in Issaquah.