Publication date: May 25, 2021
Pages: 368 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆
Strengths: Charming locale and characters
Weaknesses: Some loose ends
I dare anyone to read this book and not want to visit Frick Island! The charming descriptions of the quirky residents and their delightful lil town kept me reading to find out what would happen to them all.
While the bones of the story seem pretty predictable (guy goes to dreaded boring island for work, meets odd woman and becomes attached in a peculiar sort of way), the telling of it gave it so much more. Like the struggle for the residents of a small town to keep their way of live, vs making the changes to help it stay environmentally sustainable and economically successful. And can true love differentiate between what people want and what they really need?
There were a few red herrings that could have sent the story in different directions. While they helped lead my imagination down other possible paths, by the end they seemed like unnecessary distractions. But sometimes that's how life goes, so the loose ends didn't bother me too much.
Overall, I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It would be a great book club read or summer escape. The relationships between all the characters was a bit more than romantic fluff, but not too heavy either. Also greatly appreciated the author's words after the book about her inspiration for Frick Island.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my advance electronic copy of the book. Receiving it for free did not influence my review.