Christmas on the Island: A Novel
Flora lives and works on the island of Mure in Scotland. A remote little place, itâs a tight knit community where it can be very difficult to keep a secret. Flora finds that she has a rather big secret to keep, her pregnancy. It isnât that she doesnât want to tell the father, but heâs an emotionally tender person who has been through the foster care system and bears some scars. They love each other, but she fears the baby might not be the kind of unexpected surprise he can handle.
The book also follows the stories of Floraâs brother and his dying husband, as well as her best friend who pines for the sad refugee father of two that has taken over the position of town doctor.
The book gives the indication of being a cozy Christmas story set on an idyllic Scottish island, however, there is less cozy holiday sentiment and more deeply scarred relationships. It was a difficult book to get through because it definitely didnât deliver what the cheery cover promised. The relationships in the book all carried their own dysfunction and emotional trauma. Each set of characters were raw and hurting. A good book, but not what it looks like.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||352 pages|
|Publisher||William Morrow Paperbacks|
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