Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Enchanted Isle by Melanie Dobson

In the spring of 1958, Jenny Winter embarks on a two-month adventure to one of the most enchanting places on earth, a quaint village in England’s magical Lake District. With a new camera and an eye for capturing the beauty others miss, she can’t wait to explore the heathery fells and mystical waters. Adrian Kemp, a handsome and enigmatic local, makes the sightseeing even more beguiling—and he’s about to invite Jenny into one of the area’s most enduring legends.

When Adrian shows Jenny his late father’s abandoned dream, a deserted island amusement park, she glimpses a kindred spirit in this reckless, haunted young man. Yet as she opens her heart to Adrian, the two stumble into a labyrinth of mystery leading back a generation to an unforgettable romance and an unsolved murder that still casts a shadow over the lakes. As long-held secrets come to light, it’s left to Jenny and Adrian to put the past to rest and restore a lost dream.


About The Author

Writing fiction is a fun excuse for Melanie to explore ghost towns and old houses, travel to unusual places, and spend hours reading dusty books and journals. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction with threads of romance and suspense.

Melanie is the award-winning author of seventeen historical romance, time-slip, suspense, and contemporary novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order. Three of her novels including Chateau of Secrets have won Carol Awards, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon's work, the Dobsons have finally settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn't writing or researching, she enjoys line dancing, biking, and making up stories with her kids.

More information about her and her books is available on her website at www.melaniedobson.com.

My Review

Be ready to get lost in the late ‘50s in England in a quaint village in the lakeside district, and remnants of a past time of fun adventure.
Through the eyes of the author we are able to glimpse a place where magic happens in an island amusement park. We are transported back to pre WWII, and then fast-forward to 1958 and a new generation get a look at the ruins.
When a young woman comes from Cleveland to visit her mothers old friend in England, a new and wonderful time is about to begin, and it circles around and back to her mother.
There is a bit of everything here, and we get to enjoy the fells and the beautiful countryside through the eyes of a first time visitor Jenny. There is also a lot of guilt carried by several of the people we get to know, and a lot of it you won’t see coming. The unfolding of long held secrets, and finding forgiveness and allowing the acceptance to forgive, yes there seems to be a lot of blame for oneself here.
Come and help solve an old crime, relive an old love affair, and welcome new love.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Waterfall Press, and was not required to give a positive review. 

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