By: Elizabeth Dawson
Isle of Dreams is quite the novel.
It’s a Harlequin romance novel, so what do you expect?
But actually, I didn’t think this was too bad for a Harlequin, hence the two-star rating. Sure, it’s terribly predictable and the premise is so cheesy, but it wasn’t overly sexual (granted it’s a 1974 novel…) and it was kind of fun to follow along with.
Like I said, the premise is awful. It involves amnesia, a scorned woman, a love triangle, a paradise island, and a plump aunt for comic relief. And it is a Harlequin, so it definitely has a strange way of bringing up sex.
But it’s British, so I enjoyed reading it in a British accent. And there is some sense of mystery, though you know who she’s going to end up with by Chapter 1.
All in all, if you’re going to read a trashy romance, this isn’t a terrible one to go for. It’s a super short, quick read. There are no big words, no complicated plotlines or character development.
So have fun with it. But don’t expect anything spectacular.
If you liked Isle of Dreams, try this:
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka by Roald Dahl
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy