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Island in the Sea: A Majorca Love Story Paperback – April 12, 2016
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"With her magnificent descriptions of Majorca’s beauty and mouth-watering morsels, Anita Hughes takes you on a romantic journey that will leave you breathless. Island In The Sea: A Majorca Love Story is a decadent delight that must be savored!" ―Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Status Of All Things
"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
“The monuments, fashion and food in Rome in Love transport the reader immediately to Italy's Eternal City. It is both a modern fairytale and a touching homage to Audrey Hepburn.” ―Holly Peterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Manny on Rome in Love
“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
“Lake Como weaves an artful tale of family secrets, self-discovery, acceptance, and forgiveness. The pages hold a thoroughly decadent journey.” ―Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island on Lake Como
“A warm, sparkling and heartfelt novel that explores the power of second chances in life, in love and in following your dreams.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Market Street
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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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.
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.
I thought the author did a wonderful job describing the flora and fauna. I imagined myself back there. The story was an interesting one but it never held my interest as much as I would have liked. There was nothing wrong with the pacing of dialogue or even the characters, but somehow I wasn’t able to connect with them, especially the lead character, Juliet, as much as I would have liked.
While a good part of the story does take place in the present and in Majorca, there were constant flashbacks of Lionel and his relationship with a woman called Samantha. While it was interesting to read, it sort of took away from the present story and sometimes the switches were abrupt and short. I did like the storyline with native resident Gabriella and how loyal she was to her family.
All in all, it was an interesting read, and if you’re looking for something with a setting that will be new to you, I’d say give this a try.
originally posted at long and short reviews