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Oh, why can we only award five stars? I want to give this gorgeous, amazing story of Emma's TEN stars, or even more. I have read...and re read, most of her books and loved them, but this one goes to a whole new level. Upon finishing it, there was only one thing to do, really.....go back to the beginning and read it again!
I loved this story and I imagined myself in every scene and longed to be there. Emma writes fantastically and I like how my teen daughters can also enjoy Emma's stories that are rollicking whilst staying true to the storyline carrying the weight; no added in superfluous scenes. All of Emma's novels are a joy to digest.
I really enjoyed this book (especially as while reading it I was on the Scottish islands myself!) and can say that the setting descriptions and atmosphere created in this book is top-notch. I thought the book had an interesting premise with twists and turns, however, I’m wondering if I’m the only reader to be left feeling a little confused/weirded out by the ending. I don’t want to give anything away, but I found myself wondering how the characters could have a truly happy ending with the lies that had been told throughout, albeit lies told for a ‘good’ reason. I think my confusion lies in wanting the relationship between Alfie and Abby to be developed more in the present and not so based on events in the past. I didn’t ‘love’ Alfie myself, and I wish I did!!
All in all, a great book but perhaps more so for the cosy, feel-good factor (for me personally!)
The storyline is interesting but loose ends are left hanging, which was frustrating. Relative parts of the story end abruptly then recommence without portions of the previous narrative being explained or resolved. The biggest disappointment was not getting to read about the presumed confrontation between Abby and Coulson, the headmaster, which made it seem Beth's troubles were trivialised and that the bullying was not important enough to be given weight. Furthermore, what happens with Beth's singing? Did she get lessons? Did she follow a music career? Beth features heavily in this story so she it would have been great to know what her future held. After all, this story skips large periods of time so why not skip to the future to bring a satisfactory conclusion to the tale?
I liked all of the characters in this story apart from Cam, who was dishonest and used his best friend to achieve his objective.
It is well written with minimal editing or typo issues. A lot is covered in the twenty-five chapters but the cut off points in the narrative meant that the story did not always flow that smoothly. Overall, worth a read.
A great story with a twist, endearing characters, and beautiful scenery, what more could you want in a story? Half way through I ordered another copy to be sent to a friend as I wanted to share this book! Another winner from Emma.
Emma Davies’s books never disappoint. The Little Island Secret draws you in and doesn’t let go until the last page. The characters are so believable you instantly feel you know them and are willing everything to come right for them. I didn’t want the book to end and have my fingers crossed that a sequel will follow. I really want to know more about Abby and Beth’s new life.
Probably a good holiday book. Easy reading with a bit of a twist but doesn’t stretch one too much. Enjoyable but I wasn’t hooked and had to remind myself to finish it. However it was a sweet story with nice characters and not the typical happy ever after plot.
As I came to the end just now I was in tears. How do you do it Emma? This is so beautifully written in every aspect, so different. You draw us into the lives of your characters and you feel for all their emotions.