Dreaming Under an Island Skye is a beautiful and emotional story set on the beautiful island of Skye. Skye is one of those places I haven’t visited for a while and of course this book has me longing to go there again.
Lisa Hobman had me almost in tears in the first chapter. Having just met the wonderful Laurie in the prologue, I was so sad to find that just eight years later, Juliette was a widow having lost Laurie to cancer. There were many moving moments throughout this book but don’t worry, it’s not all about grief and sadness, rather is is a lovely story of finding happiness after different kinds of loss. As the front cover says, you can take your memories anywhere and sometimes the right thing to do is to make a fresh start. That was certainly the case for Juliette who takes the opportunity of a long break from her work to move to Skye for a few month, to the village where her mother was from.
The characters in this book are just wonderful and the emotional development was so well done. The way Juliette began to come to terms with the loss of her husband was beautifully described, not just quickly and unrealistically glossed over. She had wonderful support from her friend Millie and her brother Dexter and was quickly welcomed into the community of Glentorrin, especially when she took over guardianship of the local Lifeboat Museum. She has difficulties initially with grumpy single dad Reid McKinnon but I loved the way she supported him and didn’t give up when she recognised in him the emotions she had experienced. Reid’s young son and Evin and his mad dog Chewie went straight to my heart. Of course, not all of the community were pleased to welcome the incomer and there were a few troubles caused by one or two of the villagers!
There are some difficult themes addressed in this book including grief, depression and loss. I really liked the message that it is okay not to be okay. However, this is balanced beautifully with themes of love, friendship and support from friends, family and community making for a really uplifting read.
With this book, Lisa Hobman has gone straight onto my list of must-read authors! I really loved this gorgeous book and will definitely be keen to read more from this author.
Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part in the blogtour and for my review copy of the book. Dreaming Under an Island Skye is published by Boldwood Books and is available now. Buying Link – Dreaming Under an Island Skye
From the back of the book
Is there really such a thing as a second shot at true love?
After three wonderful years of marriage, librarian Juliette Fairhurst’s heart is shattered when her husband, Laurie, is taken from her much too soon. Devastated, Juliette decides to take a sabbatical and reconnect with her mother’s birthplace, the village of Glentorrin on the picturesque Isle of Skye.
Welcomed by most of the villagers, Juliette throws herself into an idyllic community life, taking on the role of temporary summer guardian at The Lifeboat House Museum; a role that offers her the perfect escape from the tragedy of her real life.
During her time on the island, Juliette clashes with brooding single dad and artist, Reid Mackinnon and is befriended by his son Evin and dog Chewie. It’s clear that divorced Reid is struggling and scarred by his own painful experiences.
Can these two lost souls find a lifeline to rescue each other? Or will their pasts scupper their second chance at real happiness?
About the author
Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories.
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