"One of my own favorite writers." –Elin Hilderbrand
Named a Best Beach Read of Summer by Vulture, PureWow, She Reads and Women.com
J. Courtney Sullivan’s Maine meets the works of Elin Hilderbrand in this delicious summer read involving three strangers, one island, and a season packed with unexpected romance, well-meaning lies, and damaging secrets. Anthony Puckett was a rising literary star. The son of an uber-famous thriller writer, Anthony’s debut novel spent two years on the bestseller list and won the adoration of critics. But something went very wrong with his second work. Now Anthony’s borrowing an old college’s friend’s crumbling beach house on Block Island in the hopes that solitude will help him get back to the person he used to be.
Joy Sousa owns and runs Block Island’s beloved whoopie pie café. She came to this quiet space eleven years ago, newly divorced and with a young daughter, and built a life for them here. To her customers and friends, Joy is a model of independence, hard-working and happy. And mostly she is. But this summer she’s thrown off balance. A food truck from a famous New York City brand is roving around the island, selling goodies—and threatening her business.
Lu Trusdale is spending the summer on her in-laws’ dime, living on Block Island with her two young sons while her surgeon husband commutes to the mainland hospital. When Lu’s second son was born, she and her husband made a deal: he’d work and she’d quit her corporate law job to stay home with the boys. But a few years ago, Lu quietly began working on a private project that has becoming increasingly demanding on her time. Torn between her work and home, she’s beginning to question that deal she made.
Over the twelve short weeks of summer, these three strangers will meet and grow close, will share secrets and bury lies. And as the promise of June turns into the chilly nights of August, the truth will come out, forcing each of them to decide what they value most, and what they are willing to give up to keep it.
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)|
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There are so many feelings I have about this book. Never have I ever connected with so many characters in one book before! Anthony Puckett is the son of a best selling author. Wanting to follow in his fathers footsteps he becomes an author as well. Soon he finds himself hiding away on Block Island to escape the terrible events that have unraveled in his life. Sad and alone, he tries to rebuild himself to the man he used to be. Joy Sousa is divorced and raising her daughter Maggie on the island. Joy has built up her business from the ground up after her husband left her with dreams of becoming a rockstar. All while raising Maggie alone. Lu Trusdale is a former lawyer, now stay at home mom, who is spending her summer at her In-Laws vacation property while her husband commutes to work everyday by ferry. Lu, struggling with only being a mom, started a secret project a few years ago which has now started making her money and demanding more time and effort to put in the work. Maggie Sousa is spending her summer commuting to her dads in the city, helping her mom with the bakery, and crushing on an older boy. She gets hired by Lu to be a “mother’s helper” a few times a week to help with Lu’s two boy. The story starts with a death which kind of reminded me of Where The Crawdads Sing (especially some of the descriptions of the island) It doesn’t tell you who dies either so I spent most of the book wondering who was going to end up dead and hoping it wasn’t certain people. I loved all the characters and how all their lives intertwined at some point in the story. I also loved that no matter how many times I tried to predict the ending, it didn’t turn out any of the ways I expected it to! This is a release that is going to go big this summer!
The Islanders is a great novel with interesting, complex characters and a captivating plot. The lives of three people on Block Island cross then diverge over the summer to create an engaging plot driven by their individual problems. Each has turmoil in their lives to deal with. No easy or pat solution is readily available to them. How they help each other is engaging. The rotating perspectives move the story smoothly forward. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.