Victoria Walker is a relatively new author, to me. I recently reviewed another of her books and you can read my thoughts by following this link, Snug in Iceland. She writes engaging romantic fiction that I enjoy.
I am grateful to Rachel’s Random Resources for my digital ARC copy which was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. You can read my thoughts below.
Welcome to Bramble Island! Find breezy, sunshine-filled days, shaded woodlands, glittering sea and a summer of love…
Maggie Cassidy is the new park manager of Bramble Island in Dorset. A job on an island where she is the only year-round inhabitant is the perfect fresh start for her. But when she’s torn between the job she came to do and the island she has grown to love, can she hang on to her perfect new life without compromising her dreams?
Charlie Mackenzie is the forester on Bramble Island. He is a loner full of secrets, burnt out by the life he left behind in San Francisco. When his past catches up with him can he finally face what he has spent three years running from without jeopardising everything that healed him?
Bramble Island lulls them both into an idyllic existence but when the outside world bangs on their door, is history about to repeat itself for both of them?
I loved the setting for this story, I recently visited the Studland Bay area of Dorset and could imagine the scenery as I read. The Island sounded idyllic, and I found that I was a little incensed at the idea of deforestation for the sake of holiday accommodation.
Maggie and Charlie are a wonderful couple and I found myself willing them to discover a happy ever after. Of course, nothing in romantic fiction ever runs that smoothly and, as they each start to metaphorically unpack their personal baggage, things become incredibly complicated.
Charlie’s character captured my imagination, he sounded like the perfect outdoors kind of guy. A real hands-on woodsman in touch with nature and with a look and build that reflected his active lifestyle. I had some degree of difficulty reconciling that image with his actual background but managed to overcome my issues. After all, not all geeks need to fit into a stereotypical look, do they?
Maggie was an easier character to imagine, and I found that she was so well developed that she was like a friend. I felt for her as the story saw her travel to America and experience the other part of Charlie’s persona. However, I never stopped hoping for them to find a common ground, navigate their way past the obstacles that their respective exes through into their paths and sail off into the sunset. Yes, I just used a whole clutch of nautical terms, and if you read this book, you’ll understand why.
There’s a lot going on in this story, but it is well worth the journey as the ending is particularly romantic.
Escape to an island in Dorset and discover these wonderful characters.
Author Bio – Victoria Walker has been writing romantic fiction since a visit to Iceland in 2014 inspired her first novel. As well as writing, she spends her free time dressmaking, knitting and reading an inordinate amount of contemporary romance, occasionally punctuated by the odd psychological thriller and saga.
In the past she has worked as a cinema projectionist, a knitting and sewing tutor and has owned a yarn store, all things which will no doubt appear in her books if they haven’t already.
Victoria lives in the Malvern Hills with her husband and two teenage children.
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