Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes

Posted April 12, 2016 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Island in the Sea by Anita HughesIsland in the Sea: A Majorca Love Story by Anita Hughes
Published by Macmillan on April 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: St. Martin's Press

Juliet Lyman is a senior executive at Yesterday Records. Music is her passion and she's very good at her job. That's why her famously philanthropic boss Gideon sends her to Majorca, Spain to work with a very tortured, but talented client. Lionel Harding is one of the best song writers of the 20th century, the multi-Grammy award-winning lyricist of the third most recorded song in history. But now he's 42 and six months overdue on the his latest paid assignment. Juliet is not leaving Majorca without either new lyrics or a very large check. To Juliet, business comes first. Emotions are secondary, and love isn't even on the menu. But to Lionel, love is everything, and he blames Gideon for his broken heart. He's determined to show Juliet that nothing is more important than love, but Juliet is just as determined to get Lionel to create the music that made him famous. If she can sign up local talent, even better. Her new friend Gabriella has a voice like an angel, but she's not interested in fame. Her grandmother, Lydia, wants the world for Gabriella, and she wants Juliet's help to give it to her. As her professional and personal lives start to mix for the first time, Juliet is forced to reevaluate her priorities. Gideon hasn't been totally honest, and love may be the only thing that gives them all what they need.Island in the Sea is Anita Hughes' captivating sixth novel, filled with exotic descriptions of food, fashion, and romance.

“Island in the Sea” by Anita Hughes was good but not as good as the past books that I have read by Hughes. I was a big disappointed on all the product names. It seemed to be more products pushing than anything else. I get that Lionel was supposed to be super famous and all but all the brand name products was unnecessary. I was really looking forward to this book because I have really liked the past novels by Hughes.

I feel like “Island in the Sea” is a bit mediocre. Hughes didn’t spend a lot of time setting up the setting for the reader. It is the reader’s assumption that the story takes place in Majorca.  I don’t feel like Hughes achieved transporting a reader into the story. I feel like this part was missing. This is a book that I was on the outside looking in and just didn’t find myself falling in love with the story.

I think the story would be so much better if there wasn’t so much name dropping. That really was a big turn off for me. I feel like the focus was more about author names and brand names that there wasn’t much of a story to focus on. It would have been nice to become more familiar with the setting and the characters than what clothes they were wearing.



About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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