Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Island Home by Libby Page. My thanks to Ellen Turner at Orion Books for my place on the tour and a review copy in exchange for an honest review. The Island Home by Libby Page is out now in hardback and ebook. It’s a perfect feel-good summer book.
Do check out the other stops on the tour too, I’ve dotted the 3 tour posters in the text below.
My Review: The Island Home by Libby Page
This book is told from the perspectives of Lorna, who lives with her daughter in London having left the tiny island of Kip twenty years ago and Alice a yoga teacher on Kip who is married to Lorna’s brother. I really like that the story unfolds from two perspectives because as the plot develops the reader begin to fully appreciate the family history. It helps the reader understand the feelings and motivations of the characters in the present day.
It’s quite a long book but I feel that this serves well to develop the characters fully. There is a diverse range of characters and I feel now as though I actually know them personally. There are also fantastic descriptions of the scenery. This has made me genuinely wish to visit the Hebrides and see the community for myself.
It’s the first book by Libby Page that I’ve read. I’m now want to read her other work as Page’s writing has a genuine warmth. I very much enjoyed the themes of family ties, trust, home and trying to reconcile with the past. The characters and their stories felt genuine and although it’s quite a feel-good book it doesn’t feel sappy, instead it’s hopeful.
Cover Blurb: The Island Home by Libby Page
Lorna’s world is small but safe.
She loves her daughter, and the two of them is all that matters. But after nearly twenty years, she and Ella are suddenly leaving London for the Isle of Kip, the tiny remote Scottish island where Lorna grew up.
Alice’s world is tiny but full.
She loves the community on Kip, her yoga classes drawing women across the tiny island together. Now Lorna’s arrival might help their family finally mend itself – even if forgiveness means returning to the past…
So with two decades, hundreds of miles and a lifetime’s worth of secrets between Lorna and the island, can coming home mean starting again?