Apr 11, 2016

| ARC Review | Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes - Summer Lovin'


Title: Island in the Sea
Author: Anita Hughes
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Juliet Lyman is a senior executive at Yesterday Records. Music is her passion and she's very good at her job. That's why her famously philanthropic boss Gideon sends her to Majorca, Spain to work with a very tortured, but talented client. Lionel Harding is one of the best song writers of the 20th century, the multi-Grammy award-winning lyricist of the third most recorded song in history. But now he's 42 and six months overdue on the his latest paid assignment. Juliet is not leaving Majorca without either new lyrics or a very large check. To Juliet, business comes first. Emotions are secondary, and love isn't even on the menu. But to Lionel, love is everything, and he blames Gideon for his broken heart. He's determined to show Juliet that nothing is more important than love, but Juliet is just as determined to get Lionel to create the music that made him famous. If she can sign up local talent, even better. Her new friend Gabriella has a voice like an angel, but she's not interested in fame. Her grandmother, Lydia, wants the world for Gabriella, and she wants Juliet's help to give it to her. As her professional and personal lives start to mix for the first time, Juliet is forced to reevaluate her priorities. Gideon hasn't been totally honest, and love may be the only thing that gives them all what they need.





Hughes' latest contemporary novel will sweep you off of your feet and take you into an exciting and romantic journey through the streets of Marjorca that you certainly won't forget!


Island in the Sea tells of Juliet Lyman, a senior executive at Yesterday Records, who is sent down by her boss Gideon, to the beautiful island of Majorca to try and work with their talented, yet haunted artist, Lionel Harding. For Juliet, business will always come before love or pleasure. However, that isn't the case with Lionel. Absolutely nothing is more important to him than love, but he places blame on Gideon for his messed up, broken heart. Yet, that doesn't stop Lionel for going out of his way to show Juliet that love is everything. 

Juliet's personal and professional lives soon begin to mingle and she is forced to reassess her priorities. Later on, she finds out that Gideon hasn't been straightforward and honest with her and soon they both realize that love may be the only option that can give them what they truly need... 

Straight up, Hughes' writing style was one of the many aspects that I enjoyed about this novel. Detailed and sweet, I was easily able to picture every little description she wrote, from the food the characters were eating, to the scenery of the beautiful Majorca island - it was as if I were in the pages of the book itself, waltzing down the beautiful streets of Majorca and devouring the delicious foods and drinks!

With the cast of characters, I found them to not only be intriguing, but also easy to connect with. Juliet, one of our main characters, was caring, loyal, fun, and confident, which were just some of the things I loved about her. Hughes' created a heroine that I'm positive all readers will love and connect with, due to the fact that she is not only charming, but also because she is a realistic, enjoyable and most importantly, a breath of fresh air in the world of literature. With Lionel, our hero and love interest, there are no words to express how much I enjoyed getting to read his POV! His attitude as well as his point of view on things made me smile and it always piqued my interest when we got to know more about his past. All in all, both of these characters got a standing ovation from me and I'm crossing my fingers that we get to see more of them in the future!

From the magnificent descriptions of Majorca’s scenery, to the mouth-watering dishes of food, and the exotic travel and romance, there is absolutely no denying the fact that this novel will leave you wishing you were on a trip as spectacular as the one Hughes' wrote! From the very first page, I was entranced and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I am most definitely going to be keeping my eye out for what Hughes's has planned next! 




What are your thoughts on this novel? Will you be picking it up just in time for the summer? What else will be on your summer reading list? Let me know down in the comments below - I'd love to hear your thoughts!



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