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Help Yourself is a big, modern-day fairy tale that interweaves the stories of three engaging characters as they navigate pivotal passages in their lives.

Merry Strand spent all her days in a rural North Carolina mountain town before being lured to the Atlantic coast by the promise of an inheritance from the biological father she never knew existed. The windfall could save her adopted family from financial ruin, but in order to receive it she must earn it by completing a series of tasks.

Fritz Forth - Merry's late father's loyal attorney - promised to help Merry, but he would infinitely rather be back at home in London with his rock-star-wannabe lover. And Jack Morningstar, a Midwestern widower attempting to reconcile his memories of his late wife with his newfound knowledge of who she really was, numbly occupies the beach house next door.

An abandoned barrier island in the offseason is the setting for the poignant ups and downs and eventual transformations of these characters as they learn to help each other and ultimately to help themselves. The Dickensian supporting cast lends comic relief and additional pathos in the forms of a curmudgeonly dead Englishman, a crazy mountain-town radio therapist, a suicidal software engineer, a matchmaking dog, and possibly a ghost.

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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Help Yourself
Author(s): Rachel Michael Arends
ISBN: 1-62681-582-8 / 978-1-62681-582-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

May 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Help Yourself
Author(s): Rachel Michael Arends
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Help Yourself
Author(s): Rachel Michael Arends
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Help Yourself
Author(s): Rachel Michael Arends
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Help Yourself
Author(s): Rachel Michael Arends
Publisher: Diversion Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA