The Island of Lost Secrets
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The Island Of Lost Secrets

The Island of Lost Secrets is the first book I’ve read by Rebecca Alexander.

Book Description

As she carefully folded the faded letter back up along its original creases, she found tears running down her face. Looking at the carefully preserved letters, everything finally fell into place. So, this was the secret they had kept all these years…

November, 1940: As a storm rages, the wild sea battering the rocks outside, young Patience Ellis is woken in the middle of the night by the body of a foreign soldier being carried into her cottage, saved from a U-boat attack. Patience knows she must do everything she can to save this beautiful stranger, but her heart is racing with fear… Can she trust him? Or will saving him be the biggest mistake of her life?

Present day: When Ellie Roberts discovers she’s inherited a cottage on the Scilly Isles, on the condition that she lives in it for a year, she’s shocked. She’s never heard of Patience Ellis, so why would she leave Ellie her legacy?

Overwhelmed with unanswered questions, Ellie leaves her failing relationship behind in London and travels to the isolated island. Windswept from the boat, salt spray still on her skin, she finds Patience’s whitewashed cottage hidden behind overgrown ivy. But as she stands in the living room, looking out at the sparkling sea, Patience’s home suddenly feels strangely familiar…

Searching for answers, Ellie talks to the islanders, and she soon meets the handsome, enigmatic Branok Shore, whose green eyes instantly charm her. As they work together to piece together Patience’s past, Ellie prises open Patience’s locked dresser, filled with letters dating back to the Second World War. Reading the notes, she discovers the shocking secret Patience was forced to hide – and the truth that will change Ellie’s own life forever.

As these two extraordinary women’s stories intertwine, Ellie wonders if she can follow in Patience’s footsteps. And, if she does, could she find love on this remote island?

An absolutely heartbreaking and unforgettable read, perfect for fans of gripping family dramas, and for those who enjoy the novels of Debbie Macomber, Fiona Valpy and Nancy Thayer.

My Review of The Island Of Lost Secrets

When Ellie Roberts inherited a cottage on the Scilly Isles, she’s a bit resentful about the condition she needs to fulfill to claim it – live in it for one year. She wonders why Patience Ellis left the cottage to her when she had relatives who lived right on the island.

While trying to make the cottage livable, Ellie begins to befriend the islanders and learn more about Patience Eliss.

As Ellie’s story goes on in the present time, the readers are treated to Patience’s life story. Her struggles and her choices are inspirational.

By the time Ellie reaches the same place as the reader, one is completely captivated by the characters in both times.

I completely enjoyed this emotional read with strong female lead characters and the loving and supportive community of the islanders.

Will be looking out for more books from Rebecca Alexander.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Author

Rebecca Alexander was born in Malta and grew up on the south coast of England, becoming a psychologist. She escaped parenting six children to study writing in 2011, and the Secrets series of novels was published in 2013. A Baby’s Bones and sequel followed. Rebecca lives in a haunted 300-year-old cottage in Devon where she grows fruit, paints, and bakes. She reads and writes all sorts of genres, from women’s fiction to fantasy to crime. She is married with four chickens, two grandchildren and a cat.

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I received a copy of this from Bookouture via NetGalley for a review.

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