Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas

5 Star

This little island has some big secrets...

Isla's got her dream job as head stylist at the most exclusive salon in Edinburgh. The fact that she's been so single-minded in her career that she's forgotten to have a life has completely passed her by - until disaster strikes.

Out of options, she heads to the remote island of Auchenmor to help out her aunt who is in desperate need of an extra pair of scissors at her salon.

A native to the island, Finn is thirty-five and reality has just hit him hard. His best friends are about to have a baby and everything is changing. When into his life walks Isla . . .

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Kathryn - 5 Star

Wildflower bay is the first novel I've read by Rachael Lucas and I loved it. It's exactly the feel I needed from a story when I was reading it and I appreciated the ease with which I was immediately immersed. 

The nature of the island lifestyle and the inhabitants was felt across the pages and made me utterly content. When I was little we used to visit my great-aunt on an island off of Scotland and I pictured it as the same sort of place. The people were friendly and happily expected to help each other when needed.

I loved Isla. She was the right mix of together and uncertainty and though a little prickly and rigid at first I warmed to her right away because I knew she was genuine. Her friends and family were also immensely likeable and the whole story had a simple reality to it that I enjoyed from start to finish.   The loveable Ruth is both wise and witty and she nurtures Isla when she needs it the most- without being insufferable. I also quite fell in love with Isla’s father who was a man of many hidden strengths in his quiet way. Though the romantic nature of the plot is apparent with Finn, there is also a clever progression to their relationship that was a little bit different than the norm and I liked it.  I also appreciated that Rachael Lucas gave plenty of history to the supporting characters and followed them through in the plot.

There are books before this one and some after that relate to characters from the island and I have itchy buying fingers to buy and read some more.

Thank you to Pan MacMillan for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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