In Islands of Time, Becky Granger, the daughter of a prominent New York family visiting Maine for the summer, told her story about falling in love with Ben Bunker, an islander from a family of Maine fishermen.
Now, in the sequel, Ben tells his side of the story. Ben’s account deepens our understanding of the characters and events in Islands of Time but stands as a compelling story on its own. Ben, now a fisherman and a marine biologist, also shares his experience and perspective on the changing fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, and the ways in which these changes affect his family and community, as well as all of us who share this planet and its oceans.
A short while ago I read and reviewed an incredible book which is now one of my favorite titles; the book is called Islands of Time, and it is written by the phenomenal and talented author Barbara Kent Lawrence. My thoughts on the book were that it is a dramatic, poignant and stellar read that every reader should have the pleasure of reading and so already I hope you lovely readers take my advice and read Islands of Time. Upon finishing Islands of Time I instantly wanted to pick up and read the sequel thanks to me being addicted to not only the story but also the authors mesmerizing literature. The Other Island: Ben’s Story is the sequel to Islands of Time and wow what an exciting and eye-opening read! Already I have to implore you readers to read the first book and the sequel because it is a series that should not be missed.
Before I let you lovely readers know about the wonderful story of The Other Island: Ben’s Story I first have to update you on the first book because the sequel, in my opinion, definitely has to be read after reading the first book. Islands of Time is a novel that alternates between the present and the year 1958, and the narrator of the story is Rebecca Granger who is also the star of the book. Islands of Time follows Rebecca throughout her life, with a focus on her childhood in 1958 which is the year she fell in love with a poor boy. Rebecca you see is from a wealthy background and falling in love with somebody poor is not allowed and so they departed ways despite their obvious love for each other.
In The Other Island: Ben’s Story the reader is not reunited with Rebecca Granger but instead reunited with Ben Bunker, Rebecca’s love in Islands of Time. The reader has already heard Rebecca’s story and her version of events but this time the reader will get to read Ben’s side of the story and learn about what he thinks and feels about the topics that unfolded and this book lovers is the premise of the incredible sequel.
The story of The Other Island: Ben’s Story charmed me from the start; to be honest I was always going to love this story, I loved Islands of Time so much and so I was desperate to get my hands on this sequel and to read a fresh perspective. How often is it book lovers that we get to read the male perspective in a romance story? Very rare and so I was thrilled that I would be able to have my reading desire fulfilled. Upon reading The Other Island: Ben’s Story I was instantly charmed by the same style of writing I had encountered in the first book; Barbara Kent Lawrence truly is a phenomenal writer and all readers should be graced by her literature.
Barabara Kent Lawrence has managed to write a stellar sequel, but I admit, I was nervous that the sequel would not live up to my expectations! I loved the first book so much so I really wanted The Other Island: Ben’s Story to be as great as the first and now that I have finished the book I can happily write that it was! It was sensational, and this is thanks to the beauty of Lawrence’s words and her incredible evolution of a beloved story.
The expansion of the plot and the different perspective is refreshing and will delight readers. I am impressed that Lawrence even took this approach with the sequel, many authors tend to stay away from writing a different perspective but not Lawrence; instead, she is a risk-taker and wow did it pay off!
The Other Island: Ben’s Story is sensational, moving and a compelling story that I love so of course, I have to award the book five stars! It would be insane for me not to. Please do have a read of Islands of Time and the sequel The Other Island: Ben’s Story because you will not regret it!
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 The Other Island: Ben’s Story; 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!
P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book.
Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads
Barbara Kent Lawrence: Barnes & Noble