September 30, 2019I normally read three or four books at the same time. I started Hermit and put the others aside until I finished. The story of a very interesting man told in a different format. Read it!
— Amazon reviewer
This was such a great read. I couldn’t put it down. For something written about the late 1890s to 1950s, it was really enjoyable and I kept wanting to know what happened and learn all the secrets. I’m glad I read it. I also wasn’t expecting photos in the end; it was a nice touch. Reading this book has made me want to visit this place for the views.
— Goodreads reviewer, San Francisco, CA
When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. Almost 130 tears later, we still don’t. A world traveler that spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something—enough to make even the FBI eventually come looking. But even the Feds couldn’t imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died. Based on the true story, Hermit follows one man’s quest to discover all he can about Whyte’s secret life before it’s too late.
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Published by: Maine Authors Publishing
Release Date: July, 2019
Genre: Creative nonfiction
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Also available at the following New England locations:
Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops (5 locations)
Gulf of Maine Books - Brunswick, Maine
Monson Historical Society - Monson, Maine
Devaney Doak and Garrett Booksellers - Farmington, Maine
I couldn't stop reading it! This is a great read! I thought I'd read a chapter or two when it first arrived and ended up reading the whole thing in one go. It's been a while since I was that engrossed in a story.S Fletcher
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A book you can't put down! From the outstanding beautiful cover to the back page, this is a book so riveting you can't stop reading. Jeff obviously has done extensive research on the life and times of Jim Whyte and skillfully shares this knowledge.Swede Girl