Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: Penguin (21st April 2016)
Holly Wright has had a difficult few years. After her mother’s death, she’s become expert at keeping people at a distance – including her boyfriend, Rupert.
But when Holly receives an unexpected letter explaining that an aunt she never met has left her a house on the Greek island of Zakynthos, the walls she has built begin to crumble. Arriving on the island, Holly meets the handsome Aidan and slowly begins to uncover the truth about the secret which tore her family apart.
But is the island where Holly really belongs? Or will her real life catch up with her first?
WOW! I was sent this book as a pre-release but as I had a mountain of uni work, I have only just managed to read it. It was so worth the wait.
The book starts in London, with Holly having just received a letter telling her she has been left a house in Zante by an aunt she never knew existed. Holly decides to fly to Greece to clear out the house to sell it and that’s where our adventure begins….
Holly’s mother died when she was 16 and she had never mentioned her aunt and Holly is intrigued to find out why that is. The book takes you on a journey around the island using a map her younger mother and aunt made as Holly tries to piece together her past.
The setting is beautifully described and it has made me so excited for my own summer holiday this year. The characters are all really likeable as well and towards the end, you really do start shouting at Holly to do the thing you want her to do (I hope that’s not too cryptic!).
I can’t say much more without giving the plot away but I will say this. Often, “chic-lit” or “women’s fiction” (or whatever we are now labelling writing by women, primarily for women) is trashed and dismissed as “predictable” and “obvious”. This book isn’t. YES you have the predictable boy meets girl, they fall in love, they can’t be together, they don’t express their feelings etc but this book doesn’t turn out that way! There were so many things that as I was reading I thought “oh, this will obviously happen” that DIDN’T happen. Brilliant!!!
I’d just like to add that by the time you get to the “my map of you” line – you will be in tears!!! I cried a lot at the end!
I can not wait to read Isabelle’s next book. This is definitely a poolside or beach read for your holiday this year!