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Island in the Sea: A Majorca Love Story Paperback – April 12, 2016
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"What a delicious book. Anita Hughes' writing is so rich in detail that you can practically taste the almond cake and smell the sea as you turn the pages. An absorbing read and an utterly delightful escape." ―Cristina Alger, author of This Was Not The Plan and The Darlings
"Island in the Sea is both a sunny escape to a sumptuous Spanish Island and an exploration of the pull of a career against the heady intoxication of love." ―Beth Harbison, author of One Less Problem Without You
"Hughes’ novel will make you feel all warm on the inside, and you may even think the ocean is lapping at your toes with this exotic travel romance. The descriptions throughout will almost have readers feeling like they’ve taken the trip to Spain themselves, and the romance is fierce." ― RT Book Review
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“French Coast is the kind of novel I sink into, a story soaked with glamour, family loyalty tested and love's resiliency proven....Anita Hughes combines a lush setting, family mystery, love and longing in one enchanting story of three beautiful women who are tested and endure.” ―Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer and Coming Up For Air on French Coast
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About the Author
ANITA HUGHES is also the author of French Coast, Lake Como, Monarch Beach and Market Street. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing Program, and has taught Creative Writing at The Branson School in Ross, California. Hughes lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel.
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I feel like “Island in the Sea” is a bit mediocre. Hughes didn’t spend a lot of time setting up the setting for the reader. It is the reader’s assumption that the story takes place in Majorca. I don’t feel like Hughes achieved transporting a reader into the story. I feel like this part was missing. This is a book that I was on the outside looking in and just didn’t find myself falling in love with the story.
I think the story would be so much better if there wasn’t so much name dropping. That really was a big turn off for me. I feel like the focus was more about author names and brand names that there wasn’t much of a story to focus on. It would have been nice to become more familiar with the setting and the characters than what clothes they were wearing.
Although the book is described as a romance, the relationship between Lionel and Juliet is prickly. He has major beef with her boss, who did him wrong and caused much heartache. He doesn't want to write any more love songs to enrich the man who stole his one chance at happiness. Juliet is career driven and won't give up on her task. She has a brief flirtation with a tennis star but doesn't feel strongly enough to commit to him.
What this book is mainly about is labels. Lionel is incessantly described in detail by what ridiculously expensive clothing he's wearing. I learned more about designers of men's blazers and shoes than anyone needs to know. The women are described by their dresses (colored or floral) and their sandals.
Every character has either brilliant blue or stunning green eyes. The women have long legs, full breasts and tiny pink mouths. I lost track of how many times "Juliet stood on the balcony." And the details of every meal consumed, which are many, were better suited to a recipe book than a romance novel.
In short, the promised romance was drowned in unnecessary details about everything and everyone. I couldn't relate to any of the characters. The repetition of certain phrases and descriptions became mind-numbing after a few chapters.
The one saving grace for this story was the location. The beauty of Majorca and the friendliness of the people there made me want to visit. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to save this book.
"Being in love makes your stomach turn but not being in love."
Twenty-eight year old, Juliet Lyman is a senior executive at Yesterday Records. She's sent from headquarters in Los Angeles to Majorca with one purpose, to get the company's once songwriting ATM to write a dozen songs that are past due or to payback the $166,000.00 advance he was handed over by Yesterday Records.
Lionel has no intention of writing any songs or giving anyone any money back. It dates back to something that happened years ago between Lionel and Gideon, head-honcho of Yesterday Records. Lionel talks Juliet into giving Gideon the run-around back in LA, while he explains what happens.
ISLAND IN THE SEA is like a delicious meal. You start with a beautiful location, add a beautiful character named Juliet, two gentlemen, Lionel and Gideon then a really cute blond professional tennis player named Henry, Gabriella who sings like an angel and finally the all-knowing, Lydia and you have all the ingredients for a page-turner - a love story. Ah, it all works out, but Anita always writes a lovely story.
You better get your passport up to date, because Anita has two other books coming out this year in addition to ISLAND IN THE SEA this year. In August we're going to Greece and in October, Paris! Talk about a busy, busy lady!
Thanks to Anita and St. Martins/Griffin, we have one copy of ISLAND IN THE SEA to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just tell us which island you would like to visit. We'll pick a winner on Tuesday, April 12th, PUBLICATION DAY!
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