How do you describe the perfect beach read?
Does it involve romance or a love story? Are their secrets and lies? A gorgeous beach setting of cool ocean breezes and hot drama? How about all of the above?!
The Islanders follows three total strangers on Block Island, a tiny sleepy beach haven off the east coast, and in the three short months of the summer season, we find their lives intertwined in the most dramatic and delicious of ways – just as a perfect beach read should be.
Anthony has come to the island to escape a literary scandal that has potentially ended his career while his superstar author father still casts a giant shadow over him, even though he’s miles and miles away.
Joy is the whoopie pie queen, baking up delectable desserts for the locals. Divorced with a teenage daughter and fiercely independent – this summer she fears a foreign food truck invading her island will threaten everything she’s worked so hard for.
Lu feels stuck on this island for the summer spending her day caring for her young sons as her surgeon husband saves lives in a fulfilling career on the mainland. She craves stimulation and adult conversation while harboring a HUGE secret that could tear her marriage apart.
Their stories are meticulously entwined with substantial secrets threatening to tear their families apart, relationships that prompt plenty of lies for fear of exposure, and difficult choices that must be made by everyone involved. The way these three lives tangle and weave together is a gorgeous display of storytelling and combined with the fact they every single main and secondary character is so likeable and relatable, I found myself tearing through this wanting to see how close this trio will become and how everything would turn out.
A really fun story for fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Liane Moriarty, and now, like me, fans of Meg Mitchell Moore!
The Islanders is available now for purchase!
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (June 11, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062840061
- ISBN-13: 978-0062840066
About The Islanders
• Hardcover: 432 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 11, 2019)
“One of my own favorite writers.” –Elin Hilderbrand
J. Courtney Sullivan’s Maine meets the works of Elin Hilderbrand in this delicious summer read involving three strangers, one island, and a season packed with unexpected romance, well-meaning lies, and damaging secrets.
Anthony Puckett was a rising literary star. The son of an uber-famous thriller writer, Anthony’s debut novel spent two years on the bestseller list and won the adoration of critics. But something went very wrong with his second work. Now Anthony’s borrowing an old college’s friend’s crumbling beach house on Block Island in the hopes that solitude will help him get back to the person he used to be.
Joy Sousa owns and runs Block Island’s beloved whoopie pie café. She came to this quiet space eleven years ago, newly divorced and with a young daughter, and built a life for them here. To her customers and friends, Joy is a model of independence, hard-working and happy. And mostly she is. But this summer she’s thrown off balance. A food truck from a famous New York City brand is roving around the island, selling goodies—and threatening her business.
Lu Trusdale is spending the summer on her in-laws’ dime, living on Block Island with her two young sons while her surgeon husband commutes to the mainland hospital. When Lu’s second son was born, she and her husband made a deal: he’d work and she’d quit her corporate law job to stay home with the boys. But a few years ago, Lu quietly began working on a private project that has becoming increasingly demanding on her time. Torn between her work and home, she’s beginning to question that deal she made.
Over the twelve short weeks of summer, these three strangers will meet and grow close, will share secrets and bury lies. And as the promise of June turns into the chilly nights of August, the truth will come out, forcing each of them to decide what they value most, and what they are willing to give up to keep it.
About Meg Mitchell Moore
Meg Mitchell Moore works as a non-fiction writer in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and three young daughters.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours #partner and William Morrow Books for the free book and having me on tour!