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Islands of Time, Barbara Kent Lawrence

Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction

When Rebecca Granger falls in love with Ben Bunker she is only fourteen. In 1958 a summer girl is not allowed to love a year-round boy, son of a fisherman in Downeast Maine, and yet she does. When her father dies, loss and anger overpower her and she commits a sin, terrible at the time, that almost destroys her. She hides from her life in fantasies until she returns to Maine as an adult, and struggles to come to terms with the past. Islands of Time is a moving story of loss, pain, and growth, but also of unexpected forgiveness and love–celebrating the people and places of Downeast Maine. 

Islands of Time is a beautiful, moving and captivating novel that will charm, delight and move its readers with its emotive literature and compelling storyline. Islands of Time is the dream read for me, I love contemporary fiction that is laced with history, and I love even more when a character study is at the heart of the story. That is why I am so happy I have discovered and read Islands of Time because it incorporates all of this and is now one of my favorite novels. I understand that this may be a bold statement but I very rarely write this, only with books that are truly deserving and Islands of Time honestly is, and I will explain why in my review. If you are a reader who loves being taken on a moving journey that will make you feel a host of different emotions as well as provoke your thoughts and feelings, then you must read Islands of Time because this tale will move you beyond belief. It is a truly stunning piece of literature, and so I hope all of you lovely readers take my advice when I recommend that you read it.

Islands of Time is a novel that alternates between the present and 1958, and the narrator of the story is also the protagonist who is called Rebecca Granger. Islands of Time follows Rebecca through the story of her life, she is now much older than she was in 1958 as back then she was only fourteen. Throughout the book the reader will gain insight into Rebecca’s life and why she is where she is today. In 1958 Rebecca, a young girl who was born into wealth falls in love with a poor boy and although she loved him, they parted ways because being from a wealthy background and falling in love with somebody poor was frowned upon, and so reluctantly, they parted ways. To make matters worse for Rebecca, her father suddenly dies and when he does a whole host of confusing feelings and emotions will erupt in Rebecca, and when it does she will do something unspeakable, and her life is changed forever. The reader will follow Rebecca on her journey and how she grew up; the result of this is a stunning, honest and sensational journey that will charm its readers as well as inspire them and this book lovers is the premise of the incredible Islands of Love.

I was always going to love Islands of Time because it is a novel that weaves themes I adore in literature, it features a female protagonist who has personality, it features a romance at the heart of the story and lastly, it takes the reader back to beautiful Maine in 1958. The 50’s is an era I have always loved, it has fascinated me my whole life because it was such a pivotal time in history, but it was also a time when things were very different and these differences are flawlessly explored in Islands of Time by the phenomenal author Barbara Kent Lawrence.

Barbara Kent Lawrence is an exceptional author who is versatile as well as creative; Lawrence is both of these things because she manages to weaves themes flawlessly as well as describe the situations, places, and characters magnificently. The characterization of the protagonist of the novel Rebecca is incredible, she is a character that readers will easily be able to root for because she is damaged and so she will easily evoke sympathy in her readers. What I love about Rebecca is the fact that she is so wonderfully developed by Lawrence. Rebecca is a character who feels real, and this is because she has experienced pain (like everybody) and has real emotions which are so perfectly described.

As Islands of Time is an unforgettable, profound and beautiful novel that will inspire and delight you I, of course, have to award this gem of a book five stars… how could I not? If you are a reader looking to be compelled by a well-developed story then please do read Islands of Time as it is wonderful. Please also check back here in the next couple of weeks as I will be reviewing book two in this series which I am very excited about!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Islands of Time; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

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My thanks to you Aimee for this great review! I really appreciate the skillful way in which you traced the backbone of the story, but didn’t give away the ending, and I’m so pleased you understood and loved the book! This is a love story between two people from different worlds, but also of the people, places, and way of life in Maine and grew out of my experience and research. If you read “Islands of Time,” please let me know what you think of the book, and if you have questions I can try to answer. Thanks! Barbara

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