An atmospheric historical romance for teens, from a gifted and acclaimed author. Beautifully packaged with a foiled jacket. Anna is living a lonely life on a small island with only her ageing mathematician father and his helper Max as company. When Rob washes ashore after an accident, Anna’s world is turned upside-down. Is Max really devoted to her father? Is Rob the love she’s been waiting for? Could she really leave the island? Drawing inspiration from The Tempest, Jane Eagland has woven a rich and moving story of mystery, love and deception.Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic teens.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First of all, I would like to say that I do understand That this book is intended for dyslexic students/children at about a third grade reading level. I agree with that assessment. The material is easy reading, the language would be perfectly appropriate for the intended age group and the paragraph spacing and formatting is perfect for children that struggle with longer passages of text.
The story itself has a beautiful and somewhat haunting atmosphere. The young heroine finds herself in an impossible situation with an aging and ailing father who is extremely overprotective of her and wishes to keep her from life outside the island they inhabit. He guards her so closely that he refuses to even let her access books that describe life away from their home, although she gets them anyway.
The romance is sweet and does not come to much, so parents don’t have to worry about their child reading something that is too emotionally advanced for them. I liked the interaction between the main character and Rob.
While the writing was age appropriate and the over all story that was emerging was entertaining and piqued my interest, the ending was a somewhat disappointing. I did not feel that much of anything was resolved, and I felt that the book was setting up to be a series, but cannot find any indication that this is true. I don’t see anything anywhere that says “watch for book two coming soon” or anything else.
I found many parts of this book enjoyable, and think that kids age 10-14 would more than likely enjoy it, even with the end not resolving all of the issues raised in the story. My hope, is that there will be another book to follow soon.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher, Stoke Books.