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Women’s Fiction | Island in the Sun | Janice Horton

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Janice Horton’s travels around the world are certainly having a fabulous impact on her writing.  I really enjoyed The Backpacking Housewife (which I read last summer – inspirational!).  In my opinion, Island in the Sun is even better.  I’m delighted to be on tour sharing my thoughts today.

Island in the Sun by Janice Horton (book cover)

When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

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Island in the Sun was a really quick read for me.  The mystery and secrets drew me in and kept me turning those pages.

I loved the format of this story.  Through Isla’s narrations we experience the present as well as 10 years ago.  The move between timelines is seamless with the flashbacks associated with something in the present time (for example the first time we head back into the past is through her 16th birthday photo).  Leo also has a narrative and this helped me to see and understand so much more.  Isla reading through Kate Rocha’s journals take us back to a time of glamour in the fashion/celebrity industry and what it was like on Pearl Island with the small community and their way of life.  Secrets are slowly revealed …

I have to be honest, I didn’t like Isla.  I understood why she acted like she did but I just couldn’t identify with her.   I didn’t know what choices she would make, meaning that I was as anxious as Leo was in the hotel!  I did warm to Leo and wanted life to work out for him.   My favourite character, even though no longer alive, was Kate.  Vibrant, adventurous and spontaneous, I wanted to be her friend and confidant.  I had so much empathy for this woman.  I think I would have made the same choices!

It was so easy to imagine myself on Pearl Island.  Such a beautiful setting!  I like to learn something new in the fiction I read and the processes on the pearl farm fascinated me (it is obvious Janice Horton has researched).  Not only that, I was so intrigued about the partnership, trying to figure out why.   

The hurricane represents more than destruction of homes and the ecosystem, uncovering a vital piece of information that ties everything together.  Such a poignant scene that had me in tears.  My heart ached for Leo.  The tension and conflict are fabulous. 

Island in the Sun is a story that will take you away from the mundane into a life of glamour, secrets, shipwrecks and sun.  You’ll experience the darkness that comes with lies and untruths but also the completeness when those come to light.  It’s a story about the lengths we are prepared to go to when we need to protect our own but also realisation that we need to put right our mistakes.  I’ve loved every minute of it.  Highly recommended!

Janice Horton

Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

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Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.


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