Friday, January 12, 2018

Coming Home to Island House by Erica James - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

It's 1939 and there's more and more unrest in Europe. Romily is a famous author. She writes thrillers, she can fly a plane and she's a daredevil behind the wheel of a car. Romily is happily married to her true love Jack, who's quite a few years older, and after a trip to promote her latest book she can't wait to go home. However, when she arrives she instantly knows something is wrong. Jack doesn't greet her at the door. He's slumped in a chair, barely alive. The only thing Romily can do is respect Jack's last wishes and that is to convince his children to come back home.

Jack and his children are estranged and it's up to Romily to put the family back together again. Will she be able to pull off this difficult task? While political unrest is making everyone's lives less certain Romily tries to be there for Jack's two sons, daughter and niece. There are family secrets, feuds and conflicts. Will the family unite in such terrible times or are Romily's efforts to create peace entirely in vain?

Coming Home to Island House is a beautiful story about family and friendship. Romily is a strong woman. She's smart, fierce, loyal, kind and honest. I admired her courage and resilience. She never gives up, she's levelheaded and dignified. Slowly she turns her household into a place where people feel at home and want to come for shelter, which was amazing to witness. Romily wants to help others, but there's so much to do that it isn't easy to be there for everyone all the time without forgetting herself and I was impressed by the way she tackles this challenge. This made the story incredibly impressive and hard to put down.

Erica James has a gorgeous heartwarming writing style. Her stories always manage to mesmerize me from beginning to end. I admire how she skillfully sets the atmosphere, describes her settings into great detail, so they come to life in a fantastic way, and explores every possible emotional layer. I love how fascinating her stories are and how she constantly manages to surprise me with the directions she chooses. Coming Home to Island House is a terrific captivating book, it's another absolute must-read by Erica James.


If you love historical fiction and like a good story about family you should definitely read Coming Home to Island House.

About Erica James

With an insatiable appetite for other people’s business, Erica will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother’s compulsion.

The author of nineteen bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestseller, The Dandelion Years, Erica divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she now strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

2006 – Erica wins the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for her novel Gardens of Delight.


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  1. Coming Home to Island House sounds like a complex and absorbing story about family truths and hidden secrets.

  2. would love to give this a read, it looks fascinating xx

  3. I love historical fiction. Sounds like a great book

  4. Love the sound of this book! Many thanks for the chance to win x

  5. I do like historical fiction and this sounds like a great, captivating book.

  6. This sounds so good and I can't wait to meet Romily. I enjoy reading about women who break the mold. Such a lovely cover too!

  7. Thank you for the lovely review Suze :)

  8. This sounds like a very good read that I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  9. Such a wonderful cover. I'm so excited to read it.

  10. I really want to read this wonderful book. Sounds amazing! And the cover is lovely. Thanks for giving people the chance to read this x

  11. Romily sounds like an incredible woman & I'd like to read her story.

  12. The book sounds very interesting! I like the cover too! :)
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    Good luck :)