What they say:
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?
The Review: I’ll tell you I normally start a review, get sidetracked, and one of my over used phrases is ‘but I digress.’ (What can I say, I’m a bit predictable!;)) Here, however I have to start at the beginning, with the cover.
The cover (which incidentally I don’t think matches the book at all, just putting it out there!), could not have prepared me for the absolute beauty of the words within. From the beginning where we visited a very beautiful, reverent and sad setting I was absolutely taken by the beauty of the surroundings of the island we found ourselves in. The descriptions were mesmirising and reminded me of something akin to historical fiction (which I don’t read a lot of, but when I do I’m pretty taken with it!)
The tragedy recedes and we move to meet Isla in the present day who is approached by a mystery man with some news. The timeline and povs alternate in this book, although it is mostly Isla we hear from and we are taken through the story of a rift, memories of a doomed romance and shown mysteries that are solved through Isla’s reading of a diary.
I’ll be honest if I’d have read the book based on the cover I’d have expected something more holiday like and sunny (even though this was a light read at times), but reading outside of the box worked this time and I very much enjoyed. Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.
Author Bio –
Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.
Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.