Island In The Sun by Janice Horton – Blog Tour

Island In The Sun

Thank you to Rachel at for organising this tour and to Janice Horton and Thornhill Print for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

My Thoughts

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Beautiful location – check!

Multi narrated -time line; past and present – check!

A second chance at romance with the love of your life – check!

What more could you want?

After the death of her Aunt Kate, Isla returns to her childhood home where she lived until she was sent away for her choices as a teen.  Upon her return, she begins to realise that all was not as it seems when she left.

This story is told from several character perspectives and across several time lines.  I really loved how Kate’s diaries are used to reveal several secrets.  The voices of each character come through clearly and as each person’s story unfolds, you can’t help but fall in love with them.  Not all the characters are warm and fuzzy but have a depth to them that gives insight to their actions and thoughts.  For me, the use of less than perfect characters is always a bonus – I love to be able to identify with some aspects of the people I am reading about.

Janice Horton’s creation and description of Pearl Island transports you to the Caribbean.  Every taste, smell and sight is described with such richness and passion that you cannot help but lose yourself in it.  The vocabulary is just vivid and stunning.

I’m a sucker for a location read and the added bonus of multi-perspective narrative really made this novel for me.  It’s the first novel by Janice Horton I have read but I am certain it will not be my last.  I cannot wait to see what other treasures she has for me to indulge in.

Author Bio – Janice Horton

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Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

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  1. Kerry – thank you SO much for this review of Island in the Sun – and also for reading and taking part in my book tour. I’m delighted you enjoyed the story and the characters and the island and thrilled that you will now check out my other books. Thanks again, Janice xx

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