Islandport Press has announced that tomorrow, it will officially release the new Ardeana Hamlin novel “Abbott’s Reach.”

“Abbott’s Reach” is the sequel to Maine-native Hamlin’s beloved “Pink Chimneys, A Novel of Nineteenth Century Maine.” That novel depicts in glorious detail and drama the lives of three strong women during turbulent times in the state’s history — Fanny, a Bangor brothel-owner; Maude, a midwife; and Elizabeth, a seamstress and Fanny’s estranged daughter.

In the equally captivating “Abbott’s Reach,” Hamlin updates the lives of these characters and introduces Elizabeth’s now-grown daughter, the rebellious and melancholy Mercy Maude, or M, as she is known, as she prepares to embark on a honeymoon voyage with her sea-captain husband. What unfolds is a gripping tale of adventure and romance that takes readers from coastal Maine around Cape Horn to Hawaii and back home to Maine, according to a news release.

Hamlin grew up in Bingham in the 1950s and 1960s, back in the days of river drives, a veneer mill and woods operations. She is the daughter of a registered Maine Guide. She started working in the newspaper business as a freelance writer in 1985 and as a proofreader, copy editor, reporter and columnist in 2000. She is now an editor for The Bangor Daily News and lives in Hamden. In addition to “Abbott’s Reach” and “Pink Chimneys,” she also wrote the novel, “A Dream of Paris.”

For more about the book, contact Islandport at 846-3344 or at [email protected], or visit

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