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1049 Club Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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Kim has written a number of books now and this is probably one of her best, and the best one to start with if you have never read one of hers before. Well worth the read!
Well done Kim!
This is essentially a story of survival on a desert island following a plane crash but the author does a fabulous job of drawing you into her characters and making you care about them. As time passes with no rescue in sight the 6 very different personalities begin to gel and rely on each other – they become each other’s “Island Family”. The two men are complete opposites – one gorgeous and very gay and the other an extremely straight and homophobic Texan. There’s also a 16 year old who has to grow up fast, a veterinarian who becomes a mother-hen to them all and finally Denny and Rachel. Rachel is an extremely successful novelist of romantic adventures (whose marriage is going belly up) and Denny is in a solid relationship with her girl back home, Hannah. Rachel and Denny find themselves drawn to each other and Denny, in particular, has to fight her desires. If they are never to be rescued then she may as well be with Rachel, but, what if they are?
We are also treated to well-drawn stories of those left behind – how they deal with their grief in believing that their loved ones have perished along with so many others and how they gradually begin to put their lives back together.
The worst thing about this book was that I really did have trouble putting it down and at over 500 pages I was tied up on my sofa avidly reading as the household chores were ignored! I felt slightly grumbly about the Epilogue (which I felt went in the wrong order…) and I also would have liked to have known what became of Tiffany. Other than that though, I loved this and it was well worthy of a pretty rare five star rating from me!
P.S If you like survival stories like this, then you could try Blayne Cooper’s “Stranded” and Julie Cannon’s “Rescue Me” as well…
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