The Island Villa
by Sarah Morgan
Publisher: Canary Street Press
Release Date: May 2, 2023
Reviewed by PJ
One of Morgan's many skills is the creation of her characters. Each of the main characters is vital to the journey traveled in this book. They are all complex, fully developed, and have individual growth arcs as well as contributing to the interwoven dynamics of the family as a whole. I enjoyed how Morgan took her time with them, especially with estranged sisters Cassie and Adeline. The events of their early years plus their years apart have molded them into vastly different people. It was obvious they would need time to come to terms with certain facts, get to know one another as adults, and, hopefully, form new bonds. I appreciated that the author gave them that time, skillfully navigating them and their relationships - both romantic and familial - through a series of unexpected peaks and valleys, especially in regards to secrets that their mother has been keeping from them, both in the present as well as the past.
If you're looking for an immersive story (I turned the final page around 2:00 AM), set in a beautiful location, brimming with family drama, reunion romance, stunning secrets, second chances, healing, and love, add The Island Villa to your summer reading list. I highly recommend it.
Note: if you're in the UK, be advised that this book has a different cover and title (Summer Wedding) but is the same story.