Latest revision is at the end of this thread. Thank you in advance for any suggestions and comments you offer.
Thank you in advance for reading this. This is my 4th or 5th rewrite, finally reaching out for some objective readers (like I should have done the first time!) I will read yours as well.
Dear (Agent Name):
When high school counselor KATHLYN MURRAY inherits a beach cottage, she encounters more than just a new homestead. She greets hostility, resentment, and mistrust. She’s an outsider.
An island facing economic trouble, this place will become a ghost town if Kathlyn cannot convince them to cooperate with their tourists instead of shunning them. But islanders swear she will never be accepted, and her advice never trusted. She must make it work; she has staked her future here. Back “home” six hundred miles away, a former student’s suicide was the final tack in her counseling career. Burnt out and seriously questioning her skills, she grabbed this opportunity to find a new career in a new place when this cottage was bequeathed to her. Sandshell Island will become the place to determine her next step. However, unless the residents embrace her innovative ideas and work with their visitors, the island will fold, leaving her and everyone else homeless. Not to mention that it will be the final assurance of her professional failure. Sandshell Island will either become her saving grace or her Achilles’ heel.
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