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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.
The pain of losing a love often drives us to the places that we shared to help us remember. In this case Abby is taking a journey to a place she had only imagined through the stories that the man she loved told her. She has come to his island to find some peace for her and her daughter, but will she find more than she could have ever thought possible?
Emma Davies brings the reader an emotional tale set against a stunning backdrop on a remote Scottish island that has been brought to life in such vivid detail, you also feel part of the landscape. Its warmth was definitely what I need needed whilst my hometown is in the middle of a cold winter and another lockdown. It really was the perfect escape.
This is a beautifully written tale and just cements even more my love of Emma Davies’ work. I’m a psychological thriller and crime fiction fanatic at heart, but it is surprising how easily her style within this genre has taken up a place in my heart. After finishing her most recent book, I now wait impatiently for the next.
The Little Island Secret is a must read for fans of the genre. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, it will stay with you long after reading the final page.
Oh my goodness, I got completely swept up in this tale of Abby and Cameron and the island of Kinlossay.
I have long had a soft spot for all things Scottish, having married a Scot after all, so this story was right up my alley.
Abby is living with her daughter above the bookshop that she owns. She loves her life but she has her challenges too. One day, she gets an order from Cameron and before she knows it, her life has changed irrevocably.
This is really a story about hopes and dreams, family and friendship, and love in all its guises. It is real, quite heartbreaking at times, but overall it is a beautiful story that I just wanted to continue reading.
Loved, loved, LOVED the islanders of Kinlossay. It made me homesick for Scotland all over again.
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.
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!)
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.