Sanctuary Island-Lily Everett

Sanctuary Island
Lily Everett
St. Martin’s, Jul 30 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250018373

In DC Ella Preston decides hormones must be messing with her pregnant sister Merry’s brain as the latter wants to reconcile with their alcoholic estranged mother Jo Ellen. Merry plans to drive to Winter Harbor to catch the ferry to Sanctuary Island, Virginia with or without her sibling. Ella wants nothing to do with her drunk of a mother preferring to work 24/7, but accompanies her beloved sister knowing as always she will need to be there for Merry when, as always, disaster strikes.

On Sanctuary Island, Ella and handyman Grady Wilkes are attracted to each other beginning with their initial meeting. Grady shows her the healing island he fled to following a horrific injury during a search-and-rescue mission. As they fall in love, their respective traumas leave their relationship in peril.

Sanctuary Island is a tender relationship drama as love may not be enough to overcome past hurts and traumas. Dr. Fairfax sums up the deep tale when he says: “… life is going to be messy and painful, but it’s not complicated.” Readers will enjoy this tale and look forward to Merry’s magic.

Harriet Klausner

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