Thursday, February 09, 2023

Blog Tour: An Island in the Sun by Kate Frost

Tabitha Callahan is a successful songwriter. Because she can work from anywhere, she also travels around from location to location pet sitting. This time, her travels have bought her to the Portuguese island of Madeira. It sounds like a free-spirited and idyllic lifestyle, but the reality is that Tabitha is running away from her past life - a broken relationship and more.

She does have another reason for coming to Madeira. Her former best friend, Ollie, owns a luxury villa on the island but they haven't spoken in years after he betrayed her on his way to global stardom. Can Tabitha and Ollie repair their relationship or is it too late now?

When Tabitha moves into the luxury villa for three weeks, she doesn't expect an intruder. I mean, who does? But this intruder is actually the son of the owners. The son that they didn't even mention and therr is no evidence of anywhere in the house. Raff is currently in the process of selling his home and so is a bit short of cash, so he decided to crash at his parents house while they are away.

Both Tab and Raff clearly have personal issues they need to deal with. Tab needs to deal with her grief and Raff needs to deal with his parental issues. Maybe what they need is each other. When sparks fly between the two, it could be the start of something, but they both need to let down the barriers to have any hope.

I don't know about you, but we always have a holiday that we are planning. I started reading this book while we were in Italy, and I was already thinking about how I could convince my husband that a trip to a Portuguese island wouldn't be a bad idea for when we next go to Europe. And I definitely was thinking a portuguese tart wouldn't go astray either.

I hadn't read Kate Frost before. I enjoyed lots of aspects of this story. I did find there was the odd moment that I was wishing the story would move forward a bit quicker. Overall I enjoyed it and I will read more from Kate Frost at some point.

Thanks to Rachels Random Resources and Netgalley for the review copy

Rating 4/5

About the book:

Running away is what Tabitha Callahan does best until saying goodbye becomes too hard…

When successful songwriter Tabitha Callahan swaps a summer of sadness for pet sitting around the world, she intends to use the time to heal her broken heart.

Tabitha can’t believe her luck when she picks up a housesit on the rugged and beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira.

The villa is luxurious, the views breath-taking and her charges, a gorgeous but aloof cat and two cute and friendly Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, are perfect companions while she works on some new material and attempts to reconcile her past.

However, her peace is shattered when an unexpected house guest puts paid to her much-needed time alone, forcing her to confront not only her feelings but what she actually wants from life.

New friends and old dominate her time on the island, along with deep-rooted regret and unspoken sorrow.

Will a year of running away be enough to put the past to rest and allow someone new to inch into her heart.

About the author

Kate Frost is the author of several bestselling romantic escape novels including The Greek Heart, and The Love Island Bookshop. She lives in Bristol and is the Director of  Storytale Festival, a book festival for children and teens she co-founded in 2019.



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