Today I’m pleased to share my review for this beautiful book by one of my favourite authors. I’ve read Isabelle’s latest three books and loved them, so decided it was time to read some of her earlier books too, starting with this one published in 2016. Thank you to Penguin Books UK for this paperback copy – I’ve been taking part in book surveys via their reader panel for a couple of years and won a £50 book voucher last year to spend on their books (it did take a few hours to decide which books to pick!).
Holly Wright has had a difficult few years. After her mother’s death, she’s become expert at keeping people at a distance – including her boyfriend, Rupert.
But when Holly receives an unexpected letter explaining that an aunt she never met has left her a house on the Greek island of Zakynthos, the walls she has built begin to crumble. Arriving on the island, Holly meets the handsome Aidan and slowly begins to uncover the truth about the secret which tore her family apart.
But is the island where Holly really belongs? Or will her real life catch up with her first?
Sometimes when you discover an author a few years after their writing career started, you go back to read their earlier books and are slightly disappointed. I’m pleased to say that this definitely wasn’t the case here – I loved the story and the story telling.
Holly is a complex character, she needs to deal with a lot of issues, including the guilt she feels for not being there when her mum died and not knowing who her father is. Aidan was my favourite character – kind, caring, and trying to encourage Holly to be honest with herself.
The story moves backwards in time repeatedly, as we slowly discover why two sisters went from being close to never speaking to each other again. It is difficult to say much more without giving away any spoilers.
I have visited Greece four times but haven’t visited Zakynthos. Isabelle Broom brought the island to life for me, the scenery, the people and the food – I could almost taste the Greek salad and pastries. If it wasn’t for the global pandemic, I would have booked a holiday there next week.
This is another 5 star read and I loved escaping to Greece with Holly.
Author bio (from Amazon):
Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before a 12-year stint at heat magazine. Always happiest when she’s off on an adventure, Isabelle now travels all over the world seeking out settings for her escapist fiction novels, as well as making the annual pilgrimage to her second home – the Greek island of Zakynthos. Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a cottage with her two dogs and approximately 467 spiders, Isabelle fits her writing around a busy freelance career and tries her best not to be crushed to oblivion under her ever-growing pile of to-be-read books.
If you like pictures of dogs, chatter about books and very bad jokes, you can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @Isabelle_Broom or find her on Facebook under Isabelle Broom Author. To find out more about her books, visit her website http://www.isabellebroom.com.