My next novel, The Island Child, a seasonal story set on the stunningly beautiful, but sparsely populated Åland Islands, will be out early next month. Today, I can reveal a little more about the plot, but there are no spoilers, don’t worry.
Love on the Island Series
I’ve long wanted to set a story on the Åland Islands, where I spent many years as a ‘summer islander’. However, I couldn’t quite decide what the books would be about. When I found Alicia, the main character, I could finally start writing about the folk living on the starkly beautiful islands, situated in the Baltic ocean between Finland and Sweden.
Alicia, who grew up on the islands, is a tragic character in the first book. She has lost her 17-year-old son in a motorcycle accident. Six months later, when holidaying on the islands, she and her surgeon husband, Liam, decide to separate. She finds solace in the arms of a blond, blue-eyed Swede, Patrick. But their passionate affair is far from smooth sailing.
The books also tell the stories of the loves and lives of Alicia’s feisty mom Hilda, her best friend from school, Brit, and her late son’s girlfriend, the strong-willed Frida.
Hilda, who left her husband when Alicia was a baby holds a huge secret, which she reveals in Book 3, The Island Daughter.
In Book 2, An Island Christmas, we meet Brit, who after sailing the seven seas while working on Caribbean cruise liners, settles back on the islands in very much the same way as Alicia.
Frida, on the other hand, appears in all of the books. Her life is full of tragedy. First, her mom is in a home, suffering from dementia. Then she loses her beloved Stefan, Alicia’s son. Lastly, a good friend, a Romanian youngster perishes in a fishing accident at sea. In Book 4, An Island Summer, Frida finally finds love.
A Love Triangle
In all the books in the series, Alicia is torn between her husband and her lover, as well as trying to come to terms with the death of her son. Her life is further complicated by a certain Russian villain, whose claws reach far closer to her life than she could imagine …
LOVE ON THE ISLAND SERIES:
The Day We Met (Prequel short story – get it for free here)
The Island Affair (Book 1)
An Island Christmas (Book 2)
The Island Daughter (Book 3)
Love on the Island Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
An Island Summer (Book 4)
The Island Child (Book 5)
All the books in the series can be enjoyed as stand-alone reads. Travel by book to these stunningly beautiful Scandinavian islands and get lost in the drama and intrigue of the Love on the Island Series.
I’m now writing the last book in the series (yet unnamed). I have the plot in broad terms set out, and I’m really enjoying writing about my characters. They keep getting themselves into such trouble!
The Island Child Plot
The Island Child, Book Six in the Love in the Island Series sees Alicia struggle with her emotional choices, but at the same time, an old adversary appears, making her decisions even harder.
A Christmas baby should give hope and joy to everyone on the starkly beautiful Scandinavian islands …
While Brit awaits the arrival of her first child, a visitor to the islands threatens to reveal an uncomfortable secret from her past. To add to her woes, her partner, Sea Captain Jukka, runs his cruise liner aground the night before Christmas, just as the baby decides to be born.
Meanwhile, Alicia’s ex-husband, Liam, has made the leap of faith and moved to the islands from London to rekindle their relationship and start an exciting new business venture with her. However, a small part of Alicia’s heart still belongs to the Swedish journalist, Patrick. Two years ago, they began a passionate affair.
Alicia knows she can’t trust Patrick – his betrayals have been heartbreaking and destructive, but when Patrick is rushed to hospital in Stockholm she races to his side. Liam fears this means she still has deep feelings for the journalist.
But unbeknown to Liam, a threat hangs over Alicia and everyone she loves. With Patrick in hospital, her best friend, Brit, alone and vulnerable, how can Alicia say no to an offer made by an old and powerful nemesis?
Talk about impossible choices …
The Island Child is now on pre-order. The novel will be out early December priced at $4.99. If however, you preorder the Kindle copy today, you can get it for just $2.99! Not only do you get the brand new novel at a ridiculously low price, but it will be dropped onto your eReader on the day of publicaiton without any effort from you. Thus saving time and removing yet another thing from your to-do-list before Christmas.
Now, that’s what I call service. 😉
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