Barnes & Noble
Ghosts from the past,
And the relentless momentum of time...
On September 8, 1900, a hurricane unlike any
previously recorded hit Galveston, Texas. To
this day, an exact death toll cannot be
confirmed, but the harrowing storm continues
to be known as one of the worst human and
geographic tragedies in America’s young
In the midst of all the destruction, faith
saved a fisherman from a vicious sea. Over a
century later in the very same post
office-turned-restaurant where the
impossible occurred, his story lives on.
The restaurant is now an historical site
preserving the mail slot that accepted his
letter to God when he thought he would never
see his beloved family again. Called Vita
e Spezie tourists from everywhere come
to see where the miracle took place—and
sometimes post their own letters of
desperation, loneliness, and need.
The Italian family operating the
third-generation establishment is dealing
with their own crises. Health issues, past
mistakes, and daily stress are wearing them
down, and there are signs the business won’t
be around for another generation.
Then the arrival of a gifted pastry chef–and
hours later—a son thought lost, changes
everything. Suddenly, the family that
believes they took on a burden too great
when they promised to honor the past,
discovers their future is a gift from
the past. And from it flows an ultimate
Perhaps there are no accidents.