Death, Island Style

Death, Island Style

by Maggie Toussaint

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ISBN-13: 9781432825669
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 03/07/2012
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Death, Island Style 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Starting over is never easy and MaryBeth Cashour is living proof of that. After her husband’s tragic death, she discovers he left her with nothing but the shirt on her back. Recovering from that she goes home to struggle through the final days of her mother’s life. MaryBeth has been kicked, hard but she is going to be stronger from this she just knows that for sure. MaryBeth knows she can start life fresh in the small coastal town she now lives in, running the local craft store. The other thing MaryBeth knows is that there is a dead guy on the beach in front of her. Can things get any worse; probably she seems to be a magnet for trouble these days. The police think she is involved, her late husband may not be dead at all, the mob is coming after her, and the pharmacist next door really does present a nice view from the back. When nothing in life adds up anymore, you can always count on friends. The friends may be new but still good people helping MaryBeth out with some great advice and even better brownies. Trying to dodge trouble is proving harder than one might think. MaryBeth gets closer to some answers and yet further away from the facts that were the life she once lived. If her husband is not dead is she still married or maybe the woman in the other room is his wife now that MaryBeth had him declared dead? Too many questions lead to a headache and tears over a situation she has no control and is getting worse by the second. What a great ride Maggie Toussaint takes her readers on. This book has mystery, suspense, some romance, and a touch of daring all from our leading woman, MaryBeth!
Missy_Snark More than 1 year ago
Review by Gemma Juliana; x-posted by Melissa Snark. What a refreshing and delightful story. This book spoke to me on so many levels I hardly know where to begin. The author’s love of the ocean reeled me in. I was right there on the beach in the opening chapter, along with its shells, waves and tidal patterns. In the same way the tide rolls in and out, so too do the phases of our lives. What more perfect place for MaryBeth to reflect on her dysfunctional and broken life? MaryBeth Cashour’s theme of abandonment is evident in every aspect of her life. She is vulnerable and fragile when she arrives at Sandy Shores Island, deeply flawed with her self-confidence in the bucket. I want to be her friend, hug her and assure her everything will be fine. She’s honest to a fault, with herself and everyone else. She could lie, but won’t. Her innocence and honesty are endearing qualities. MaryBeth bought Christmas by the Sea – a craft-store – because it was her mom’s dream. She never had a dream of her own. The locals call her Mary Christmas… how endearing is that? As MaryBeth finds inner strength, she identifies with her store. The secondary characters are amazing. Daisy Pearl Washington just about needs her own book. This woman represents the cornucopia of plenty; the wise, loving goddess, always there for those she takes under her wing, like a lighthouse in a storm. Gabby the barber is a magical man. The kids in the craft class are hilarious. There is some deep wisdom on these pages, but not in a preachy way. A woman who obeyed her husband and always tried to please him must sink or swim (no pun intended) as she struggles to figure out who she is and where she fits. Each time the rug is pulled out from beneath her feet, MaryBeth explores her newfound independence. Some of my favorite lines…“My footprints were transitory, just like me.” And, “Oh, that I could drift through life again.” How many of us haven’t felt this way? When our carefree lifestyle shifts to one filled with challenges, we yearn for the times when ignorance was bliss. Russ Marchone is the hot hero, a guy who misses nothing. I like the way he plays out. The author’s ability to blend humor and necessity to conjure a vivid image in the reader’s mind is evident in such simple lines as, “I had a frozen dinner at home just begging to be nuked.” What a refreshing story this is. It reminds us that we can’t change our past but we are the authors of our future. An ARC was received.
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