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November 7, 2018

Solace Island by Meg Tilly ~ a Review

by MK French

Maggie was dumped the day before her wedding, so she retreats to Solace Island in the Pacific Northwest with her sister Eve. She doesn't need Eve trying to fix her up with their neighbor Luke, even if he is really handsome and the two click almost immediately. She absolutely doesn't need the black vehicle trying to run her down in the middle of town or the feeling that she's being followed, as well as discovering there's more to Luke than she thought.

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Solace Island
November 2018; Berkley; 978-0440000525
audio, ebook, print (304 pages)
women's fiction
Maggie is a young woman that immediately feels real and relatable. She goes through the betrayal and heartbreak in the first chapter and grieves the loss of a relationship she thought she had, as well as her own ideas and the sense of confidence she had about herself. Eve is a supportive sister, the kind everyone would want to have pulling them through a tough time. The novel progresses at a slow but steady pace, allowing us to get to know the sisters and explore the island as they do, including Maggie's meet-cute with Luke when she gets lost on her arrival to the island. Of course, there's chemistry right away, and they bond slowly; there isn't actual physical action between them for three-quarters of the novel because there's more focus on their friendship and getting to know each other first. I liked that about them, that they were able to bond and have their separate selves in addition to the budding romantic feelings they had.

I hadn't realized that Meg Tilly wrote novels until I saw this book. In addition to acting, she has written six prior novels to this one, and this is her first romance novel. The hints of suspense were woven into the novel from early on, making us think we know what's going on behind the scenes. It heightens the tension for the reader, knowing that there is a subtle menace while Maggie and Luke go about their day to day lives. I liked the twist in the story, as well as how everything was tied up neatly at the end. This book is listed as the start of a series taking place on Solace Island, and I would love to read the other stores that Meg sets in this town.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever. 

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