Lady in the Window (Hardcover)

By Maryann Ridini Spencer

Select Books (NY), 9781590794074, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 9, 2017



Pretty Kate Grace, 30, is a successful, respected lifestyle writer for the popular New York View Magazine. She has everything she could want -- a loving family, a marriage-bound relationship with a handsome real estate developer, and great friends. Life gets even better when she is given the plum writing assignment of interviewing top talk show host, TV producer and philanthropist, Olivia Larkin, a 40-year-old black woman who has successfully navigated the glass ceiling creating her own dynamic life. However, when Kate takes her first trip to Kauai to interview Olivia in her seaside Princeville estate on the Garden Isle of Kauai, little does Kate know that this trip is part of divine providence's plan. For when Kate arrives back in New York, her life takes an immediate downward spiral. The man she has dated for five years tells her that the marriage they have talked about and believed in, will never be. Then, just as Kate is about to emerge from this traumatic loss, she suffers another, the death of her dear mother. As these unforeseen, life-altering events disrupt Kate's raison d'etre and life, as she has known it, her new friend Olivia comes to the rescue, offering her respite as her guest in a seaside garden cottage rental in the ancient, magical paradise that is Hanalei, Kauai.

The angelical "otherworldly" occurrences that begin to transpire are too synchronistic and too poignant for Kate to ignore. Kate believes, somehow, that her mother's death bed promise to her, to help guide Kate find her way in this life, is indeed the answer to these mystical occurrences. As a result, Kate begins to look at her choices and the world differently. Allowing life to unfold naturally, close to nature, and with a new perspective proves to ignite both Kate's spirituality and creativity. It also aligns Kate to meet her true soul mate, Kai, a young Emergency Room doctor with a passion for nature and gardening, who has also suffered his own share of disappointments as well as the heartbreak of losing his mother in a tragic accident that has caused a family riff. Together, with Olivia's friendship, and a little divine "motherly" direction from above, both Kate and Kai help themselves and their families to heal, and in the process rediscover all the beauty and joy that life, love, and Ohana ("family") has to hold.

About the Author

Maryann Ridini Spencer is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, author, journalist, TV host, and president of Ridini Entertainment Corporation, a Content Creation, Public Relations/Marketing and TV & Film Production Company. A multi-scholarship winner, she received her degree in Communications from New York's Hofstra University and soon afterwards became a producer/writer for Cable News Network in Los Angeles, later serving as Senior Vice President at several Hollywood Studios and firms. A member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild West, Maryann has executive produced/produced movies and series for such networks as Showtime, SyFy, The Movie Channel, USA Networks, Time Warner Cable, and the foreign theatrical market, and is celebrated for co-producing/writing the teleplay for the Hallmark Hall of Fame CBS-TV World Premiere of "The Lost Valentine" (based on the novel by James Michael Pratt), starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Upon it's debut in 2011, the award-winning film won CBS-TV the night in ratings with over 15 million peopled tuning and became Hallmark Hall of Fame's highest rated film in four years. Now considered a Hallmark Classic, the film airs each year on the Hallmark Channel and is part of Hallmark's Gold Crown DVD Collector's Edition. Maryann is also the creator, writer, producer, and host of the award-winning healthy living TV cooking series (and cookbook), "Simply Delicious Living with Maryann(R)," which is broadcast on the PBS-TV station KVCR in Southern California, DirecTV, DishTV, and to a global audience on Roku, YouTube and Maryann's blog at Throughout her career Maryann has worked as a freelance writer and/or contributing editor for such publications as Los Angeles Magazine, Palm Springs Life and Desert Magazine. Her "Simply Delicious Living" print and video column as well as the environmental news program she created, produces, writes and reports, "Sustainable Ventura News," is broadcast on local television in Ventura County, CA, and on the news and lifestyle pages at Maryann lives with her husband, Dr. Christopher Scott Spencer, between Southern California and Hawaii, where she is at work penning the screenplay and sequel book to "Lady in the Window." Visit her online at: