Book Review #223: Close to Home


Author: Lily Everett

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Thriller

Language: English

Series, if any: Sanctuary Island, Book 5

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of publication: 7 February 2017

No. Of pages: 301

Synopsis: 

Tessa Alexander came to Sanctuary Island after leaving behind a marriage to a man who doesn’t love her the way she loved him. With the strength to move ahead, she found acceptance and friendship from her newly adopted home. What she didn’t expect to see was her soon-to-be ex-husband standing at the doorstep of her workplace. 

Johnny has been living the life of a crook for the last two years as part of his undercover job profile. The hope of seeing the smile on his wife has kept him alive and strong enough to complete his mission. He is shaken to corr when he comes home to find a Dear John Letter and a divorce people. He has never learnt to give up on those he loves, even if he can’t say those words. So he sets out to seduce his own wife. Will the Sanctuary Island give a home to two loving hearts?

Review: 

A beautiful book written with a simple and elegance that translates into a storyline that will captivate you till the very end. While the main element of romance has been given full reign to bloom, its the shadow of the suspense and thrill that gives a punch of flavor that made it a more interesting read. 

The lead characters can only be described as beautiful – with their strength of personality and multiple facets of behaviour, it becomes quite easy for readers to fall in love with them and root for their romance. However, though I understand the ourpose of introducing secondary characters, considering this is a series, I did not like the fact that a whole new plot was happening within the main plot and which in my opinion, was not required at all. 

While the title is perfect for the book looking at the characters and how they interact within the plot, the cover image does look more like a Nicholas Sparks book rather than reflecting its own identity. 

My opinion: A sweet and quick read that will make you want to start the complete series.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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