Island of Hope

The cover of “Island of Hope,” the final novel in Amy Schisler’s “Chincoteague Island Trilogy,” is pictured.

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — Talbot County author Amy Schisler is set to launch “Island of Hope,” the final installment of her “Chincoteague Island Trilogy,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Sundial Books.

Despite numerous struggles and tragedies, the Middleton and Kelly families live humble and faith-filled lives in the Atlantic Ocean resort town of Chincoteague Island, Va. The tight-knit families represent everything Nick Black hopes to have — loving parents, welcoming homes and stable lives — but a broken heart confirms his belief that he is unworthy of everlasting happiness.

Taylor Murray wants nothing more than to be one of the world-famous Chincoteague Island Saltwater Cowboys, but a longstanding tradition stands in her way and pits her against her friends and neighbors.

Brought together by a sudden tragedy, Nick and Taylor must navigate the waters of death, darkness and despair to discover that miracles abound, promises are fleeting and hope is a necessity for the families on Chincoteague Island.

Schisler writes inspirational women’s fiction for people of all ages. She has published two children’s books and numerous novels, including the award-winning “Picture Me,” “Whispering Vines” and the “Chincoteague Island Trilogy.”

The recipient of numerous national literary awards, including the Illumination Award, LYRA award, Independent Publisher Book Award, International Digital Award and the Golden Quill Award, as well as honors from the Catholic Press Association and the Eric Hoffer Book Award, Schisler’s writing has been hailed “a verbal masterpiece of art” (author Alexa Jacobs).

Schisler grew up in Owings and graduated from Northern High School in 1988. She has been writing since childhood and spent 15 years working as a librarian in several counties, including Calvert, Talbot and Queen Anne’s

At Saturday’s launch party at Sundial Books, Schisler also will sign copies of her other novels, which will be available for purchase.

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