The Island Home by Libby Page

Thank you to Orion Books for this beautiful hardback copy of The Island Home I won in a Facebook prize draw. I’ve enjoyed reading The Lido and The 24-Hour Cafe over the past couple of years and was thrilled to have the opportunity to read Libby Page’s new book this week.

Synopsis:

Lorna’s world is small but safe.

She loves her daughter, and the two of them is all that matters. But after nearly twenty years, she and Ella are suddenly leaving London for the Isle of Kip, the tiny remote Scottish island where Lorna grew up.

Alice’s world is tiny but full.

She loves the community on Kip, her yoga classes drawing women across the tiny island together. Now Lorna’s arrival might help their family finally mend itself – even if forgiveness means returning to the past…

My mini review:

I’m pleased to say that this is another wonderful book from Libby Page. Lorna and Alice are related as sister-in-law’s but have never met each other because Lorna left the island at the age of 18. However after the death of both her parents, Lorna travels back to see her brother and attend the funeral.

Libby shares the story between Lorna and Alice, each taking an alternate chapter. We start to find out why Lorna left suddenly, and why she felt she couldn’t return to visit the friends and her brother that she left behind. We also find out why Alice feels so strongly for the island that has become her home, and why she is worried that island life could change adversely if the local school has to shut.

This is a book full of great characters who need to work together to face up to the past and look forward to the future. The story covers some difficult issues in family life, and is a reminder to anyone working with children that we need to act if we think that something isn’t quite right at home, to help our young people.

I loved how the friendship between Lorna and Alice developed, and how Lorna rediscovered how the community worked to look after each other. This is a non spoiler review so I don’t want to give away the story. This is an uplifting read, with friendship and community at the centre of the story.

I’m happy to recommend this book to readers of my book review blog, if you enjoyed The Lido, then I believe you will love this book too.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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