The Island We Left Behind by Kate Hewitt

Happy Tuesday! Today is a big publiciation day with a LOT of books being released. I wanted to share with you a book I was thrilled to read when the publisher contacted me. Thank you to Bookouture for providing an advanced copy for my thoughts. The Island We Left Behind is the fourth book in the Amherst Island Series. This series follows Ellen, a once-orphan girl from Amherst Island in the 1920's as she follows her dreams. The series was originally meant to the a trilogy but I'm glad another book was added.

This story is ten years after the last book and Ellen and her husband Lucas live in New York City. Lucas is a successful businessman and Ellen takes care of their two children. Their youngest son, Jamie, suffers from lung issues and the cold in New York City is not good for him. The doctor recommended he spend the winter in a warmer climate. Lucas could not get away from work but Ellen, her children and Gracie, Ellen's cousin, move to California for three months.

This book can be a standalone or read with the series. It is set in 1929, ten years after the prior book. If you have read the series, this book has a different tone to it. There are references to things in the other books, but they are explained so the reader is not lost. I enjoyed the 1920's writing and language. "Bee's knees, capital idea, modern woman, are just a few examples of the 1920's language. Its fun to read the language and thoughts of that time.

This is a quick read that I would recommend to someone who likes 1920's books, books about family, and people finding out who they really are.

Author Info:

Kate Hewitt is the author of many romance and women's fiction novels. A former New Yorker and now an American ex-pat, she lives in a small town on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and their overly affectionate Golden Retriever. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling stories that tackle real life issues and touch people's lives.


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