Can one woman’s marriage survive her best friend’s divorce? Veronica Henry meets Erica James in this summer’s must-have read.Octavia Shelton thought she’d have a different life. One where she travelled the world with an exotic husband and free-spirited children in tow.Instead she’s married to safe, reliable Jonathan, and her life now consists of packed lunches, school runs and mountains of dirty washing. She’s not unhappy. It’s just that she can barely recognise herself.So as Octavia watches her best friend’s marriage break up, it gets her thinking. What if life could be different? What if she could escape and rediscover the person she used to be? Escape back to the island she visited years ago? And what if the man she used to love was there waiting for her?
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Kerry was brought up in Peterborough. She now lives in Surrey with a very tolerant husband and two children. She studied at Bath University and speaks fluent Italian, Spanish and French. She also trained as a journalist at City University, then went on to write travel guidebooks for Thomas Cook.After landing her dream job working on women’s magazines, she discovered that she hated writing about real people in case their families got upset.The Writers’ Program at the University of California helped her move from fact into fiction – the perfect forum for exploring human emotions without worrying about some poor mother weeping over her son’s account of his childhood.
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The Island Escape, by Kerry Fisher, is the story of the decades long friendship of Octavia and Roberta. They met while in an elite school, Roberta by circumstance, Octavia by scholarship. What drew the two very different girls together no one knows, but their friendship is tried and true. Roberta has reached a crossroads in her verbally abusive marriage. Events have occurs from which there is no turning back. This lands Roberta and her teenaged daughter Alicia on Octavia's doorstep on Christmas Day. During the same period of time, Octavia's husband Jonathan has been made redundant. Now their family of five is dependent on what Octavia makes running her nursery school. Both women are at turning points in their lives. Roberta is somewhat envious of Octavia's stability. Octavia is feeling envious of Roberta's new found freedom. And neither woman is prepared for what the next six months will unfold. Written with wit and charm, this study of midlife turning points will touch your heart. You will find yourself chuckling at their foibles and tearing up to their hurts. Ms. Fisher has written this novel from each lady's perspective, alternating chapters in each one's voice. A fine and engaging novel, I recommend this book.
The Island Escape had one of the best openings of any chic-lit type book I've ever read. Having absolutely adored Kerry Fisher's After the Lie, I knew immediately I was in for another winner, but I was still expecting a humorous, light-hearted chic-lit beach-type romance story. Don't get me wrong, there is lots of humor in Kerry Fisher's writing, but the plot was a lot deeper and more serious than I had anticipated. In fact, nearly halfway through the book, I was still wondering when the promised feel-good factor would appear. I found a lot of this story quite heartbreaking and went back and forth between feeling sorry for some of the characters and getting angry with them. Definitely a very engaging and emotional read! Despite the title, two-thirds of the plot actually take place in Surrey, England. Told in alternating chapters from Octavia's and Roberta's points of view, we are privy to the disintegration of their marriages. Octavia and Roberta have been best friends since their school days though they could hardly be more different. Their friendship was lovely to follow, as they were always there for each other even if they didn't always agree. In Roberta's words, "Octavia was like family, just nicer". Roberta fell pregnant whilst at university and did the 'responsible' thing and married reliable, parsimonious Jonathan, the father of the baby. Sixteen years later, she is the busy mother of three kids, runs her own nursery school, has a predictable marriage, and is wondering what happened to the free-spirited girl who was going to travel the world. But she just gets on with her mundane life. Octavia rebelled against her parents and married the 'love of her life', but her marriage didn't turn out as she had expected. Having completely lost her own identity and self-confidence over the years, Octavia is a shell of the person she once was. I hated her husband Scott with a vengeance. In case you're wondering, the feel-good was there after all and I couldn't put down the last third of the book and finished it with a great, big smile. Kerry Fisher has a real talent for creating believable characters and putting them through poignant and convincing situations, all delivered in an amusing and charming style. She now has a firm place on my must-read author list. 4.5 stars. My sincere thanks to Bookouture for my copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Island Escape is the story of two women and how life can change with the blink of an eye. It also has one of the best first lines ever written, "I was wearing the wrong bra to be sitting in a police cell". I mean, is there really a right bra for jail? Roberta comes from a rich, snooty family and Octavia was a free spirit scholarship student when they met in elementary school. They became lifelong best friends, even though they are polar opposites. When Roberta's husband has her arrested for (justifiably in my opinion) hitting him with a pan, the first person she calls is Octavia. Octavia's husband is no prize either, but at least he's not an abusive bully. As the book progresses we watch both women deal with their changing lives. I really liked this book and found myself reading until very late, because I had to know what was going to happen nest. It was interesting to read about people not so unlike every other middle-aged woman I know, who try to do the right thing, but aren't always successful. The author billed this as a feel good romantic comedy, but I'm not sure that is how I would describe it. There is a lot of hard time before either Roberta or Octavia get the happy ending they deserve. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.