The critically acclaimed historical drama of relationships and families challenged by class differences, betrayal and a shocking murder in a small resort town.

It was June of 1941, in a small Northern Michigan resort town when Jonathan McKendry first saw the beautiful new summer resident, Emily Compton, on the deck of the family’s magnificent yacht, the EmmaLee. Their affair would spark unimagined betrayal, heartbreak, death and destruction, yet the redeeming power of enduring love may well be their salvation.
Jonathan is the son of a local boatyard owner. His small-town life seems in fine order with good friends, a local girl who loves him and college on the horizon. When he finds himself suddenly caught up in the elite summer enclave of the wealthy families who come to this idyllic resort town every year, and he’s accused of a brutal murder, his dreams and family and relationships will be shattered.
In a parallel story in present day, Sally Thomason is a descendant of the Compton family who first owned the great ship, EmmaLee. When a new owner returns with the ship decades later, Sally is caught up again in the overwhelming emotions of a past family tragedy and torn between her love for her current partner and her attraction to the boat’s new owner, Alex Clark.
The Seasons of the EmmaLee plays out against a beautiful scenic backdrop and enduring historical context. It explores the deep and complex emotions of class differences, family betrayal, unexpected love and shattered dreams.

“… a super summer read.” Traverse magazine

“… our book of the month and top seller for the season.” Debra Lambers, The Book Nook

“… EmmaLee reads elegantly and is artfully crafted.” Lisa Jensen, Editor, Michigan Blue magazine


In this follow-up to the classic, best-selling story of THE SEASONS OF THE EMMALEE, Michael Lindley revisits the idyllic resort community of Charlevoix, Michigan.

THE SUMMER TOWN is the tale of two parallel stories, bridging time and a vast cultural divide.

In the early 1950’s, a scandalous assault late one night in the dunes along the beach sets off a series of events that pit lawyer George Hansen, defending a local Native American boy, against a group of elite summer residents of Charlevoix. At the same time, Jonathan McKendry, now married to physician, Emily Compton McKendry, finds himself desperately struggling to save his wife and a young family from a wretched and murderous father.

The modern-day story continues with George Hansen looking down from his passing into the next world to see the events that develop in the search for his killer, as well as the challenges faced by the Clark family as Alex Clark tries to save his business empire and his marriage, and daughter, Megan, lets her infatuation for a young local boy alienate the summer families who she thought were her friends.

Connor Harris also returns to create new problems with plans to develop an unpopular and ecologically unfriendly real estate development on the lake.

“… another stellar novel… even more compelling than EmmaLee.”

“… a great success… a delightful read.”

“… after falling in love with Seasons of the EmmaLee, this was a must read!”

“…Lindley is a masterful storyteller, effortlessly moving between past and present.”

“… a rising talent.”


GRAYTON WINDS is a story of lost love, betrayal and murder set in Prohibition-era Atlanta and the remote Gulf Coast village of Grayton Beach, Florida.

When Mathew Coulter seeks refuge in a small Florida beach town to escape his ruthless family who control the liquor trade in 1920’s Atlanta, he meets a ten-year-old blind girl, Melanee Dalton, who will lead him on a journey that may be the final salvation for her wayward mother and Mathew’s own haunted soul.

In Michael Lindley’s third novel, GRAYTON WINDS, ruthless gangsters, a killer hurricane and heartless lovers, all combine for a thrill ride of suspense and intrigue.



A South Carolina woman, struggling to endure the loss of her husband and financial ruin, finds an old journal from a distant grandmother who suffered a similar path of hardship and betrayal.

In LIES WE NEVER SEE, Hanna Walsh’s husband is found murdered in Charleston, South Carolina. His failed land deal leaves her family and finances in ruins. The FBI thinks she knows more than she’s letting on and a dangerous stranger thinks she’s hiding stolen money from the deal he wants back.

An old letter and journal found in the attic of the family’s beach house on Pawley’s Island reveals her distant grandmother, who owned the same house as a young widow during the Civil War, suffered similar travails of emotional loss and financial hardship. Her grandmother’s story chronicles the tragic loss of her husband in a senseless battle fought weeks after the war had ended and a mysterious stranger who has returned to tell of her husband’s needless death.  Hanna finds their journeys of redemption and recovery both depend on those they still hold close, but betrayal and deliverance come in many unexpected forms.

Michael Lindley’s new fourth novel continues his series of stories exploring love and relationships challenged by life’s many struggles with parallel storylines set in both present-day and compelling historical contexts.


Praise and Five Stars for Michael Lindley novels…

“… Lindley is a masterful storyteller, effortlessly moving between past and present.”

“… his work reads elegantly and is artfully crafted.”

“… beautifully merges storylines of then and now.”

“… a rising talent.”

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