Disfigured by the
blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe
social anxiety disorder, the widow Mary McAllister spends almost sixty
years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill
River, Vermont. Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the
media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a
bedroom window with a view of the town below.
residents of Mill River consider the marble house and its occupant
peculiar, though insignificant, fixtures. An arsonist, a covetous
nurse, and the endearing village idiot are among the few who have ever
seen Mary. Newcomers to Mill River--a police officer and his daughter
and a new fourth grade teacher--are also curious about the reclusive old
woman. But only Father Michael O’Brien knows Mary and the secret she
keeps--one that, once revealed, will change all of their lives forever.
The Mill River Recluse is a story of triumph over tragedy, one that
reminds us of the value of friendship and the ability of love to come
from the most unexpected of places.