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Anita Hughes' enchanting 6th novel explores the importance of love, the pain of loss, the beauty of music, and the adventure of self-discovery for young and old alike on Spain's beautiful island.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
ANITA HUGHES is also the author of French Coast, Lake Como, Monarch Beach and Market Street. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing Program, and has taught Creative Writing at The Branson School in Ross, California. Hughes lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A record executive goes on a trip to reign in a song writer and get him to send in his latest work. Upon arrival in Spain and meeting Lionel the song writer, Juliet realizes that this will be the trip where she probably finds herself and reevaluate her priorities. For my first Anita Hughes experience, I feel like I may have had high expectations and I was let down just a little. I had put her in my mind as a women's fiction author and the amount of romance/sexy times in this book were way more than I thought it would and the plot for me was just ok. Don't call me a prude - I don't mind sexy times when there is a good plot behind it, so for this plot to be less than for me the sexy times really stuck out. I will still give Anita Hughes another chance, I actually own a few and am a little more intrigued to read them to see if this was a one off book or if this is her usual. Have you read Anita Hughes? Does she always have a lot of sexy times?
Juliet worked for Yesterday Records. She was a senior executive, her boss was Gideon. He had sent Juliet to Lionel Hardling who was 6 months late with his songs. Lionel had until the end of the month to get his songs to Gideon or a check for the amount of one hundred sixty thousand dollars and sixty seven cents as this was how much advances Lionel had been given. Lionel was broke and owed everyone. Juliet had worked for Yesterday Records for ten months before that she had worked with Sony Records for six years. Gideon had talked Juliet into switching labels by telling her who she maybe working with.Lionel had told Juliet Gideon had done something extremely bad to him but Juliet didn’t believe him. Lionel said he would tell Juliet the whole story about Gideon if she then thought Gideon deserved the money he would somehow come up with it. I just couldn’t get into this story. I felt it was dull and dragged. I tried to force myself but just couldn’t finish it. I just did not like it. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review
Juliet is sent to make sure Lionel fulfills his overdue songwriting contract, but as she comes to know Lionel and his story, she finds her assignment is not as simple as she thought. As Lionel tells his life story in chronicles, Juliet sees another side of him. While staying on the island, she befriends a local young woman, dates a tennis star, dines on the fine seafood, shops and explores Majorca, and somewhere along the way Juliet and Lionel fall in love. Juliet must decide if she can trust her heart and learn to forgive in order to have a relationship with him. A beautiful story!
Favorite Quotes: “You’ve had eighteen months to complete twenty-four songs and you sent Gideon a haiku and a limerick.” “That’s what’s wonderful about children; they can be mischievous and innocent at the same time. Yesterday I discovered Abigail wearing her mother’s Prada suit; she said she was tired of being eight and wanted to get an important job.” “Being in love is like drinking absinthe, your mind clears and you think you can achieve anything. I remember my first proper date with Samantha, I felt like Clark Kent becoming Superman.” “Do you know why people can tell you the name of the song they listened to when they fell in love? Because music is more seductive than girlie magazines and X-rated movies. Girls hear a song on a jukebox and think they’re in love with the boy with the bad haircut sitting opposite them. They get married and play ‘their song’ at the reception. It’s not until their first anniversary when the guy can’t get up to turn off the telly and the garbage never gets taken out she realized she was never in love, she just got swept away by George Michael crooning ‘Careless Whisper.’” “How I miss the first bud of a romance, when you’re sure you are going to spend the rest of your life rappelling on the Amalfi coast or motoring through Provence. Then you realize hanging off a cliff is bad for your knees and the butter they use in French restaurants will give you heart disease.” My Review: Island in the Sea is my initial read from this talented author, but I have since added her entire Goodreads listing to my TBR. I greedily want to consume ever word ever penned by this clever woman. It is an understatement to say that I am in total awe of her word craft. The story weaves back and forth over an eighteen-year period as a despondent and washed-up songwriter relates his history to the record company employee who was dispatched to prod him along. His story is rife with melancholia, yet swings back and forth through the emotional scale as he imparts his memories. The writing is lushly detailed with beautifully chosen words that depict richly appointed scenes. I was right there. I could feel the Mediterranean sun on my face, hear the cathedral bells, smell the flowers, and taste the food. Her depictions of the characters, their dialogue, the scenery, and their elegant wardrobes; played like colorful and crisp movie scenes in my head. I felt as if I had experienced an expensive luxury vacation and had shopped in the boutiques, eaten at the iron tables under striped awnings in the little outdoor cafes, and walked the narrow cobblestone streets of the village. Ms. Hughes expertly pens an absorbing tale with fascinating characters, clever banter, and a sly and smart sense of humor. I could happily read her words all day, every day. Sigh.
A beautifully written story about record executive Juliet Lyman who is sent to Majorca to meet with Lionel Harding to convince him to write the songs he was supposed to have finished months ago or give back the money that he was advanced. Juliet's job is on the line if she can't get Lionel to comply. Lionel is a stubborn man who drinks and smokes too much, but him and Juliet form a close friendship during their time together. Lionel has his reasons for why he is the way he is and Juliet is about to find out. Juliet makes several friends while on Majorca and spends her free time with them. Gabriella works at her family restaurant and has dreams of marrying her boyfriend and opening their own restaurant. Lydia, Gabrielle's grandmother, gives Juliet some advice that she really needs to hear. She also meets Henry, a tennis player, who she gets very serious with. When Juliet realizes she is in love, but it isn't with Henry, she stops seeing him and gathers the courage to confront her true love. Will Juliet finally find happiness and love or will it all come to an end when she returns to Los Angeles? This is the perfect escape in a book. It had everything that I love in a story, great writing, an exotic setting, realistic characters and a story that you never want to end.