Two photographers, one working for a slightly seedy local photographic studio, the other tied to her family business. Both dream of escaping the small worlds they feel trapped in, one by expectation and tradition, the other by her absolute fear of crossing the water to get off the island. Repeatedly the top two contestants for the local photography competition, they can’t be anything but fierce rivals when the prize is a contact that would take them away from it all. Just how far will thy go to win the prize? And at what cost?
This is a witty, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable light-hearted romance. Olive is an extremely likeable character you can’t help but root for, hoping she wins the competition and overcomes her chronic phobia. The whole concept of a character born on an island with a deep longing to travel and an overwhelming fear of the ocean creates a great personal conflict.
Gabby is the less likable of the two, arrogant, over confident and a player to boot; while the rumours about her may not be totally true her behaviour at the end is almost unforgivable and severely dented my liking for her. But she is redeemed by having an absolutely hysterical, stereotypical Italian American family with superstitious Gran, overbearing Mother and a screaming hydra of sisters.
It’s extremely well written and edited, a wonderful and well developed cast of characters, excellent dialogue, extremely funny at times and with a warmth and humour throughout. It’s my first from this author but definitely wont be my last, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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