Sunset Island – AJ Adaire

Sunset IslandDr. Lindy Caprini has taken a years unpaid leave to write a book comparing fairy tales from around the world. With a grant and a small inheritance she hopes to be able to complete a book that will improve her academic standing and have time left over for writing her own fairy tale. She also hopes parents will read the book to their children so she wants to have it illustrated to represent the differences in the fairytales. Through a chance encounter with her friend Marie she hears about an artist who might be a perfect illustrator for her book.

Ren appears to have it all, a loving family, a healthy business running an Inn on a  wonderful private island. But beneath the thin veneer is pain; she has already found and lost the love of her life. She fills her spare time in the off-season with painting, photography and graphic design for local businesses.  She finds the concept of Lindy’s book intriguing and quickly decides that she would love to work on the project. As the Inn has plenty of space it also makes sense for Lindy to move in for a year while they work on the book together.

Both Ren and Lindy enjoy working together by email and phone. Both hope their friendship will develop while they work together on the island, but neither has any idea just how far their friendship could go.

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This is a charming and romantic tale set on a beautiful island in Maine where the two women with very different backgrounds can develop their friendship and their working relationship together.

Ren is a damaged soul who has already found the love of her life. She is struggling to regain her enthusiasm and zest after losing her beloved Brooke. Four years after the tragedy her friends and family despair of ever seeing the return of the Ren they know and love.

Lindy has always put work first and a series of unsatisfying boyfriends have not yet convinced her to change her priorities. Having left friends, family and finished her last relationship before she set out to the island, she is also at a turning point in her life.

The two women’s growing friendship is delightful to read. It restores faith in the simple pleasures that we too often forget in the hurly-burly of life. Ren’s peaceful island and the gentle routine the two women develop between them reminds us there is more to life than the rush-hour and the rat-race. Working together, exploring the island, running and cooking, provides both women with the opportunity to look into their own hearts and reassess.

AJ Adaire biogBeautifully developed, multi-layered people emerge from the page as the author matures both the main characters and a small number of family and friends. This is almost exclusively a tale about the interaction between the main characters. The other players, while well drawn, are essentially foils and triggers for our heroines development.

I read this as a precursor to AJ Adaire’s new novel and am absolutely delighted to have taken the time. This is a wonderful book in which almost nothing matters except the gradual development of mutual love and respect.

Product info:

  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • First published 2013
  • Publisher: Desert Palm Press (September 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FH027QI
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