The heart of this book is an island. It holds a different significance to our lead characters. Usually, in books like this, where the narrative revolves around emotional grounding to a particular place, it is the start of a series. In the first book, we get the entire story from the point of view of one sibling while every subsequent book highlights another. This is probably one of the few times I have seen all three siblings of a family brought together both in the sense of family feeling as well as in one volume.
First, we have the eldest, most responsible sibling: Miranda. She is bound to the island as a feeling of refuge. She has been engaged to be married for the longest time, and things are not going well for her at the beginning of the story. I then thought that this was going to be her tale of growth, but then we are shown Leo’s situation. A workaholic who is in charge of his daughters for the summer and hopes to hand them off to his parents at the island. This would enable him to continue his work undisturbed. This is Leo’s reason for coming back to an island he fled as soon as he could. Last but not least, we have Juliet, who is a predicament herself, and against all prior thought, home is the one place she wants to be.
The three siblings congregate at their childhood home and realise that they have to keep things going because their parents are not there. Each harbours some misgivings and fears about the interactions that must have with each other. The summer gets them closer to each other as well as dealing with their own personal fears.
The writing was smooth, and I felt that I spent enough quality time with each of the three (almost four) happily-ever-afters. I would recommend this to readers of the genre because it has the right parts to be an emotional as well as an entertaining read.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.