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Island of Secrets
A captivating story of love, mystery and hope
Two love stories separated in time. Two women following their dreams. In a paradise littered with painful secrets, will love turn the tide?
- Cecilia “CiCi” Freemont has a restless soul and the voice of an angel. Leaving her privileged upbringing behind, she chases her dreams to the sandy beaches of an unspoiled Hawaiian paradise, Harbor Island. But life takes an unexpected turn when she falls for the island’s young heir-apparent and her newfound adventure becomes too much to bear…
- Investigative journalist Tina Templeton has dedicated herself to the pursuit of truth. But when she inherits Harbor Island, her career plans take a confusing twist. Managing the sprawling island estate is tough business even with the help of aging cabaret singer, CiCi Freemont. Especially when a massive ecological disaster threatens to destroy her beautiful beaches—and the responding coast guard captain steals her heart.
As the investigation into the disaster reveals a 40-year-old mystery that could change their lives forever, will Tina find love among the secrets, or will CiCi’s painful past dash her dreams on the rocks?
Island of Secrets is an epic love story. If you like generations-spanning drama, characters with hidden pasts, heart-warming romance and intrigue, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s powerful romantic mystery in paradise.
Well, I can certainly say that this novel swept away any winter blues and took me to the far off shores of Hawaii on a beautiful journey.
I adored this book and loves the two stories of strong, fierce women although I have to admit my favourite was CiCi’s. The main characters are very likeable and it’s difficult to not be taken on their journey with them.
CiCi’s story focusses on a young woman’s journey to find herself and her place in the world. Feeling unable to return home to her parents, and realising it’s time to move on from group she was travelling with, she finds her home on Harbor Island working for the Reginald family. Despite a feeling of uneasiness and a little mystery, it’s here that Cecilia makes friends and falls in love. But love isn’t always that simple and she’s left with an impossible choice. I love how this part of the story reflects the time in which it is set and the mindset you would likely find on a small, sheltered island.
Tina’s story is a little more different. After inheriting the island Tina has choices to make about her own life and how dedicated she is to making Harbor Island successful and ecological. During her research, she is confronted by some disturbing facts that put the island’s survival in danger. When Captain Jack Homes is thrown into the mix, Tina gets more than she bargained for from the island.
The island itself has a story to tell. A story of generations of Reginalds and their dark secrets from the past, stories of love, families, loss and grief and stories of the future.
Diane Demetre has a great talent for bringing beautiful settings to life. The description in the book is breath taking and fully immerses you into the setting from the dlear waters, the beauty of Rainbow Falls, the local way of life and the scent of the flowers from the garden.
If you love family sagas spanning generations, stories of adventure and romance and books set in beautiful locations then I highly recomment this novel.
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Diane began her career as a school teacher before moving into the entertainment industry as a choreographer, director, event manager, dancer and actress, working in television and live theatre, and managing multi-million dollar productions.
Following her onstage career, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist, keynote speaker and presenter, appearing on national radio and television.
When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016.
Her romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.
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