Wednesday, June 30, 2021

BLOG TOUR The Island Home by Libby Page


Lorna's world is small but safe.

She loves her daughter, and the two of them is all that matters. But after nearly twenty years, she and Ella are suddenly leaving London for the Isle of Kip, the tiny remote Scottish island where Lorna grew up.

Alice's world is tiny but full.

She loves the community on Kip, her yoga classes drawing women across the tiny island together. Now Lorna's arrival might help their family finally mend itself - even if forgiveness means returning to the past...

So with two decades, hundreds of miles and a lifetime's worth of secrets between Lorna and the island, can coming home mean starting again?

I was delighted when I was asked to be on the blog tour for this one, I’ve not read any of Libby’s work before but this one has been on my radar for a while. Thank you to Orion Books for my beautiful gifted copy.

So this book was just so good. I devoured it over a few days, reading pretty much the second half in one go. The book is old from two peoples perspectives: Lorna and Alice. Lorna and her daughter Ella live in London, they don’t have many friends, and no family so to speak. Lornas family all live on the Isle of Kip, and they haven’t spoken in around 20 years since she left. But a bereavement takes her and Ella to Kip for a trip and a funeral. Things are tense as she meets her brother again for the first time in years, meets his wife Alice and their daughter Molly for the first time ever. 

The island sounded amazing. It makes me want to pack up and move to a little island myself! The way Libby describes it made it so easy to picture in our mind while reading. The interchanging weather, they sound of the sea, the smell of the salty air. It just sounded beautiful. And the community there, they’re all so friendly, they all know each other and help out with whatever needs to be done! It just sounds ideal doesn’t it.

I loved both of the main characters, Lorna and Alice are so different, but fit together so well. Alice seems very sweet and eager to help out anyone, Lorna sounded quite level headed and knew when to make herself heard. I liked Jack,  Lornas brother and Alices husband. The relationship between the siblings was strained, and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with them, but there were little things throughout that showed the ways they did love each other, memories from being younger.

The book does go into detail of why Lorna left and never kept in touch with anyone, and I wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I will say no more as to not spoil it!

I loved this book, I do hope Libby writes. Sequel as I’d love to know what happens next and how the lives of both families move on.

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