How are you guys doing today? Today I bring you a review of a book I was very curious about.
“Island of Secrets“, written by Diane Demetre, a Romance Mystery novel published 14th October 2018.
Thank you Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Diane for the eCopy of the book and for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and give my honest review.
A captivating story of love, mystery and hope
Two love stories separated in time. Two women following their dreams. In a paradise littered with painful secrets, will love turn the tide?
1973. Cecilia “CiCi” Freemont has a restless soul and the voice of an angel. Leaving her privileged upbringing behind, she chases her dreams to the sandy beaches of an unspoiled Hawaiian paradise, Harbor Island. But life takes an unexpected turn when she falls for the island’s young heir-apparent and her newfound adventure becomes too much to bear…
2017. Investigative journalist Tina Templeton has dedicated herself to the pursuit of truth. But when she inherits Harbor Island, her career plans take a confusing twist. Managing the sprawling island estate is tough business even with the help of aging cabaret singer, CiCi Freemont. Especially when a massive ecological disaster threatens to destroy her beautiful beaches—and the responding coast guard captain steals her heart.
As the investigation into the disaster reveals a 40-year-old mystery that could change their lives forever, will Tina find love among the secrets, or will CiCi’s painful past dash her dreams on the rocks?
Island of Secrets is an epic love story. If you like generations-spanning drama, characters with hidden pasts, heart-warming romance and intrigue, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s powerful romantic mystery in paradise.
Diane began her career as a school teacher before moving into the entertainment industry as a choreographer, director, event manager, dancer and actress, working in television and live theatre, and managing multi-million dollar productions.
Following her onstage career, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist, keynote speaker and presenter, appearing on national radio and television.
When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016.
Her romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.
When I read the blurb I was very curious about the book because I haven’t read that many books that follow different time periods, but this one was fun because both characters were interesting and there was mystery and romance, combined with a beautiful setting and many little things that just made the book feel real.
I won’t give any details about the book, but you will get that I liked several things about it. Many elements of this book made it interesting and it caught my attention, sometimes I wanted something more, but the more I read the more I wanted to know about the book and how everything would turn out.
If you read the blurb, you know this books is set in 1973 and 2017, following CiCi and Tina. They are both quite intriguing character, with different but strong personalities, but to whom I could feel empathy. I loved all the connections and to know more about them both as I kept reading the book. And learning about them and their lives, as well as uncover the mysteries, was what made me turn each page eagerly.
Besides the amazing main characters and the plot, I loved the descriptions. They gave some flow to the plot and the mystery and romance, plus the descriptions made the setting very visual to me. I have never been to Hawaii, but every time I read a book and I read the beautiful descriptions of the nature and it gives out this paradise feeling, I get curious. So the descriptions that Diane Demetre wrote were some of my favorite aspects in the story.
Overall, I loved the book. I loved the connections between both time lines and the characters. I loved the setting because it made it more intriguing, and I loved every thing aspect of the plot, from the romance (and everything that comes with it) and the mystery.
If you want to read a book that is set in two different time periods, and are curious about this book, go read it. Enjoy it!
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