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Island Passage [Kindle Edition]

Sherry Hartzler
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Summer sisters, Francine and Claudia, return to an island to confront the past. A novel about friendship, mothers/daughters and an old love. Devastated by her husband’s infidelity, Francine Durret flees her upscale suburban home with her angry fifteen-year-old daughter, returning to the island house, where she'd spent childhood summers with her best friend, Claudia Angelo. Francine hopes to heal a broken heart, re-connect with her daughter, and attempt to rediscover the simple, uncomplicated love she had known as a child.

Summer sisters return to an island to face the past. When Claudia arrives unannounced on the doorstep of the island house, the past comes to life. Claudia is rich, brash and stunningly beautiful, but unlike Francine, her childhood memories recall nothing but lies, poverty and neglect. For Claudia, the subject of her past is a dead issue. She comes to the island to repay a long-standing debt, rooted in deception.

Alan Bromsley grew up on the island, a free-spirited boy who'd lived a charmed life. He now operates a small island flight service. No stranger to grief, Alan is a loner, a man at war with himself. In this tender-hearted story, Alan is confronted by the two women he once loved and lost twenty years ago.

Island Passage unites three estranged friends, torn apart by unforeseen circumstances, and then brought together in a tragedy that inadvertently unravels an old secret—a secret that could ultimately destroy them all.

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About the Author

Sherry Hartzler lives in the beautiful Hocking Hills region of southeastern Ohio, with her husband, Tom. Her debut novel, THREE MOONS OVER SEDONA, has proved her to be a passionate artist in the genre of mainstream women s fiction. She invites you to enjoy ISLAND PASSAGE, a book of the heart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 992 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Rock House Publishing; First edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KSLX6C
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointment August 28, 2012
By Basil
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Maybe I expected too much of this story, because I read another book by this author and really loved it. With this one, there were too many places that rambled. I began skimming through because I wanted to see how it all turned out, but it just didn't hold my interest. Then there was that one scene early on with the teenager, Matthew. His sister and her friend were listening to him through the wall -- what did that have to do with the story? For me, it was like finding a hair in the food. You know it was probably harmless, but you wish it hadn't of been there because it spoiled the enjoyment of the meal. Also, I didn't like the main character.

The novel jumped from present to past and back quite often, which was confusing. I can only read for a short time in order to work it in throughout my days, so it was difficult to keep track of when the events happened. There were a lot of names in the book as well -- the young teenage girl interacts with her mother, then as an adult, she interacted with her daughter -- I would have to stop and think, "is this taking place when she was a kid, or as an adult," because the time period jumped around so often.

I do recommend her other book, "Three Moons over Sedona." Every page held my interest, and really enjoyed reading it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Bow To The Author Simply WOW February 6, 2012
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Let me preface this review by stating I felt the writing itself was just about flawless I cannnot find anything I would critique about it. This book brought my emotions to the fore front for sure. I so related to the h and her teen daughter's behavior you didn't know whether to kiss or kill her, the same goes for the h mother....I wanted to duct take her mouth more than once and also cry for her pain. I will say that for those of you that cannot take death and depression this book is not for you it is reality personified at times. The story was realistic about coping with young peoples as well as old folks deaths, divorce, lost love it was very painful to read. I cried buckets full of tears for this one. There was deceit, lies, love and hate you name it this book had it. You will want to rip peoples hair out and kick others in the crotch when their down. You will want to hug, kiss and take others pain from them it just drags every emotion out of you. I just wanted to help the characters healso badly. I pride myself in solving Claudia's secret within the first 33% of the book and really hated her for the way she handled. It's the next day after reading the book and I still am mad at her and the ones she confided in. Wild horses couldn't keep me from revealing that kind of secret to one of my loved ones no matter what pain it may cause they had the right to know. Lies and secrets tend to come back and bite you in the back I look forward to a sequel and hope this is addressed somehow. My thanks to the author for the nights entertainment I stayed up untill 2am to finish it, then couldn't sleep thinking about it finally at 4am I snoozed. Happy Reading, Enjoy as I did.

P.S. Sorry for typing issues I have a broken finger and hard to navigate... no I didn't break it while reading this. lol

I highly recommend it and was soooo happy to have been able to download it for free. Cudo's to you author for this work of art.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars women's Fiction - Another Winner December 10, 2011
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After I read THREE MOONS OVER SEDONA, I had to read ISLAND PASSAGE. Ms. Hartzler has a way of touching one's heart with her words. I loved the setting of Middle Bass Island, one of the Lake Erie Islands.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "woman's woman"...keep 'em coming... November 3, 2011
So much about Francine and Claudia's friendship, summers on the island, that struck a personal chord for me as I think it will for all women who read this fine book...connections of the sort that are neither severed by the passing of time nor distances that separate...a line from the book is now permanently etched in my mind: " acute awareness that life never gives anyone the chance to live one moment of it over again" true...carpe diem, grab the bull by the horns, and "face the music"...all there! Bravo!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more from you, Sherry January 17, 2012
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This book was just as good as Three Moons over Sedona. I love the characters, the recipes, and your style...Now I want more....please
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters; a nice light read October 6, 2012
By Ellen
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The author does a really good job writing from women's perspectives, be it 15 year old girls or 40+ women. No sugarcoating, no political correctness, just an honest story with of course a bit of romance (okay, quite a lot of romance) in it.
I downloaded it because I wanted a break from reading tons of technical material and statistics (for work), so I wanted something that wouldn't be too heavy and I was not dissapointed. It could have done with a bit of humour, because it was all quite serious, but I really liked the way the author described how relationships developed: very realistic and (I think) very recognizable for a lot of women. Job well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming February 9, 2012
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This is the first book by this author that I've read. I was delighted by how real the characters felt. So many women depending on each other for love, understanding and at times a shoulder. Sweet
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, could not put the book down! January 8, 2012
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After reading Three Moons Over Sedona, I could not wait to read Sherry's next book Island Passage. This book did not disappoint once again! I'm sure most women can relate to the storyline. Australia is looking forward to your next book Sherry :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy read
Good escape
Not too many characters to follow which I prefer
Simple uncomplicated story line
I would recommend this book
Published 6 months ago by Elaine Santana
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good a Three Moons over Sedona
Not as good a Three Moons over Sedona, but a quick, easy and romantic read. Three Moons shows that Ms. Hartzler's writing is improving and I am eager to watch her style develop.
Published 9 months ago by Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it to anyone interested in family dynamics
found this very interesting as the story revealed the generations and the setting. I recommend it to anyone interested in family dynamics.
Published 10 months ago by Clara Saulitis
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
I was excited to read this because I had so enjoyed Three Moons Over Sedona. What a let down. I didn't even finish it & I generally make it a rule to always always finish a book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by love2read
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Nice story to read anytime of year, not just a summer book. I will definitely read other books by this author.
Published 12 months ago by Tbirdlady
4.0 out of 5 stars island passage
good story line, kept my interest, liked the receipes that were included. Kind of short ending, maybe there will be a sequel.
Still a fast and easy read.
Published 13 months ago by LINDA Kobylanski
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey....
I think the story covered a woman going through a divorce very well. It also covered a lot of other life issues, a teenage daughter , a best friend, a mother getting remarried and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Debi
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Well written and good story of love lost n found. Not my normal choice of stories to read but was to good to put down. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert Baden
5.0 out of 5 stars island passage
The author of island passage wrote a really good book. It kept your interest .I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read
Published 16 months ago by sheri henderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Just fair
This is not a 5 star read but it is ok. There is some repetition and flashbacks that didn't seem to particularly add much to the storyline. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Lewis
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Sherry Hartzler is a novelist, gifted in the art of mainstream women's fiction. Granddaughter of another storyteller. Sherry, as a child, was always captivated by her grandmother's recollections of immigrant families in the early 1900's who struggled to make a living in the coal-mining region of Republic, Pennsylvania. Memories of her grandmother's stories, coupled with the life lessons she learned from the many strong women in her life, led Sherry on her own path of storytelling.

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