The Definition of Wind (Paperback)

By Ellen Block

Bantam, 9780440245766, 270pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2011



Independence: the freedom to be yourself--or a day for fireworks, depending on your point of view

Summer has come to Chapel Isle, the quaintly quirky island that Abigail Harker has called home since she moved into the caretaker's cottage at the local lighthouse. The season ushers in sweltering temperatures, along with throngs of tourists who are turning the sleepy town into pandemonium. The world Abigail fled after tragedy struck is descending upon her doorstep, and she isn't sure she can stand the heat.

Tourists and natives alike are buzzing about a sunken treasure in the treacherous shoals off the coast, and clues to its location are supposedly hidden in the caretaker's cottage. Soon Abigail is the focus of everybody's attention, including that of a handsome, seductive bachelor. Amid the swarm of vacationers, it's hard to tell harmless visitors from those harboring dark intentions.

As Independence Day nears, Abigail must decide: Should she stay on Chapel Isle--risking another heartbreak and even her own safety--or allow the ghosts of her past and the dangers of the present to chase her away?

About the Author

Ellen Block is the author (as Brett Ellen Block) of The Grave of God's Daughter and the Macavity Award-nominated novel The Lighting Rule. She lives in Los Angeles.

Praise For The Definition of Wind

"A breezy read with a charming heroine and a treasure-hunting mystery, this is the perfect book to go along on vacation with you."--Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Praise for the first Abigail Harker novel, The Language of Sand

“[A] book-club-friendly read that will have readers itching for a sequel.” —Booklist
“I found myself rooting not only for Abigail but for the whole community of Chapel Isle. Ellen Block manages to hold sass and heartfelt emotion in perfect equilibrium.”—Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader
“In subtle, graceful prose, Ellen Block gives us a tale both filled with longing and hope.”—Cathy Buchanan, author of The Day the Falls Stood Still