Jo Ann Simon of Camden, the award-winning author of the time-travel books “Love Once in Passing” and “Love Once Again,” has republished her best-selling novel “Beloved Captain: A Nantucket Love Story” via Maine Authors Publishing in Rockland. She will sign copies of her book Saturday, May 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Beyond the Sea, 74 Main St.

In the novel, Catherine Sternwood retreats from her busy life in California to the Nantucket home she inherited from her grandparents. The 200-year-old house brings her the serenity she craves — and something more. Catherine soon learns she is sharing the house with Lucien Blythe, a wealthy merchant captain who had lived there a century and a half earlier before vanishing without a trace. Yet here he is, seemingly a man of flesh and blood, turning Catherine’s measured world upside down with both fear and attraction. The ghostly love story straddles the Nantucket that Catherine knows and loves and the much older island where Lucien lived and worked.

Simon is the author of more than 30 best-selling novels and the recipient of several awards including Best Time Travel novelist for “Love Once in Passing” and “Love Once Again.” Writing as Joanna Campbell, she also is the author of numerous young adult novels including the internationally published Thoroughbred Series (Harper Collins) about girls and horse racing. “Beloved Captain” was originally published by Avon Books. Simon’s books have sold well more than one million copies.

The downtown Beyond the Sea is one of the hosts of the Belfast Bound Book Festival, which will be held July 27 through 29;  Simon will appear at the festival. Her book also is available at

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