When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?
What I Thought:
As I sit here on a very dreary day writing this review, it’s nice to be looking at a book with a bit of sunshine in it! Island in the Sun has a really welcoming, sun-filled location which is ripe for intrigue, romance and forgiveness and the story definitely delivers all of those and more.
I find these days I am reading more and more romantic fiction, as a bit of escapism and basically something where you be fairly sure there’ll be a happy ending, but I also found that Island in the Sun was quite complex in its use of the now-deceased Aunt Kate’s diary entries interwoven with Isla’s return to Pearl Island, and her own flashbacks to the days before she had to leave. Each of those elements cleverly built the story towards the final, dramatic moments and there was some echoing of the inital chapters at the end.
The real strength in this book though, is the author’s vivid description of the setting and I can only assume that this is enhanced by her own travels around the Caribbean (Janice is otherwise known as The Backpacking Housewife) as you really get a sense of the smells, sounds and cloying humidity as you you read – all of which somewhat made me wish that Pearl Island was real!
Aunt Kate was a really intriguing character and getting inside her head with her diary entries was a great way to let her speak from beyond the grave and also allow Isla to learn more about her Aunt and how she became the way she was.
The romantic elements of the story are built up very well, with lots of unexpected turns and Isla and Leo are a nice pair of people separated by circumstance. But will they work through it and find each other again?? Haha! Read and find out…
Island in the Sun is independently published.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.