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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    Beach Plum Island begins with three sisters--Ava, Elaine, and Gi

    Beach Plum Island begins with three sisters--Ava, Elaine, and GiGi--mourning the loss of their beloved father. The three women are as different as people can be. Or are they? They grieve by alternately acting out against each other, themselves, and unsuspecting strangers. But ultimately coming together as a stronger, more self-aware, and loving family. Exactly as their father would've wanted. An uplifting family drama!

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    Beach Plum Island by Holly Robinson is about family ties, blende

    Beach Plum Island by Holly Robinson is about family ties, blended families and the trials they go through to become one loving family, the loss of parents, and family secrets. 
    When Ava Barrett’s father dies, she convinces her sister Elaine to come to his funeral where they both will have to face his wife, their stepmother.  Elaine still resents her father leaving their mother to marry Katy and is not afraid to show it. She directs her anger at Ava for including Gigi, their half-sister, in the family. Their father told Ava and Gigi to find their brother and tell him the truth.  Ava was confused because she didn’t have a brother.  What truth was she to tell him? While trying to solve this mysterious directive of their father, Ava, Elaine, and Gigi have a Herculean task before them, made more difficult by guilt and secrets of Ava and Elaine. What will they find in the end? Can they become one happy family?
    Holly Robinson’s vivid descriptions of Boston, Beach Plum Island, and surrounding areas transport you to the setting of the book. Her characters are complex and well developed, involving you deeply in their struggles, their lives, and their loves. I loved every single one of them.
    This is perhaps one of the best novels I have ever read.  I could have finished it in one sitting, but as I neared the half-way mark, I was already starting to mourn the end of the story. I wanted it to go on. I started to read just a chapter at a sitting trying to stretch it out. I didn’t want it to come to the end. 
    This is an excellent read anytime and anywhere, but you will surely want to tuck it in your beach bag for a lazy summer day. I give Beach Plum Island and Holly Robinson five stars! 

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

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    Like Holly Robinson's first book, Beach Plum Island is mostly a

    Like Holly Robinson's first book, Beach Plum Island is mostly a story about family, in this case siblings. Ava Barret is the oldest of the sisters, a potter by trade, and the divorced mother of two teenage boys. All her life she has been the one to "take care of things". When her father passes away from cancer, he tells he to "tell her brother the truth." The only problem is, as far as Ava knows, she only has two sisters, Elaine, the sister she grew up with, and Gigi, her half-sister from her father's second marriage. 

    Beach Plum Island is one is part mystery and one part family drama, with romance thrown in for good measure. I like the way the clues for the mystery part of the story are revealed slowly, as the story progresses, allowing the mystery to be engaging without taking over the entire plot. Unfortunately, although I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the brother, and the ensuing search for him, this part of the story had it's flaws for me. In the beginning, it seemed like it was going to be just as complex as the rest of the story, but the conclusion of this story line seemed a bit to easy and didn't quite ring true. To say anymore would be to include spoilers, but I would have liked this part of the story to be a bit more real. 

    It is the family drama part that Iiked the most, and where I think Holly's writing really shines. The relationships between the characters are both complex and flawed, as are the characters themselves. I love that all of the characters, from the major protagonists all the way down to the character with the smallest part in the story, have demons in their lives that they are dealing with. Not a single one of them is totally positive or negative. At times I loved them and applauded their actions, at other times I wanted to yell at them and tell them to grow up, or think things through before acting. Exactly the way I am with my real life siblings, which makes the story all the more enjoyable to read. 

    As I read the book, I found myself turning pages, not wanting to stop reading until I found out how Ava was going to pull the family together, or how Gigi was going to fit into the family without her father around as a buffer, or even whether Elaine was going to decide that a one night stand didn't equal a relationship. This feeling lasted all of the way to the end of the book and beyond. Although the end of the book was perfectly satisfying, I still found myself wondering what was next for the members of the family. This type of feeling is what I have come to expect from Holly's writing and I am looking forward to her next project. It is also what makes me recommend this book to all my reading friends. 

    Thanks to Holly for making this book available through the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book on Goodreads in exchange for my review

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

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    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    I really liked this book. I swept up right away and didn’t want to put it down. In fact, I would get so engrossed that I would not notice the passage of time. Before I would know it, several hours would pass and tasks I had intended to complete were left undone.

    There were many aspects to this story and Ms. Robinson did a fantastic job in blending it all into a cohesive unit that flowed very well. It did not feel fragmented or distracting as sometimes happens when there is a lot going on in a story. Each character had a personal journey as well as the collective mystery of finding the lost brother. It all came together nicely for a satisfying and believable conclusion.

    I really loved the character development in this book. The three women were complex, flawed, and so very realistic. I particularly liked the way their relationships with each other were portrayed. I felt Robinson did a good job of demonstrating the complex and unique relationship between sisters.

    I would definitely recommend this book. I really appreciated Robinson’s writing style in this book. I have to say that I liked this book a lot better than her last book. I see a refinement of style that impresses me. I will be looking forward to her next creation.

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