Island of Heartache

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Henry and Elizabeth were part of a team going on 2 month a business trip to New York and Australia. Henry’s marriage was troubled, and Elizabeth was single. Chemistry developed between them, both professional and personal, but Henry suppressed his desire for her because of his love for his wife. This was exacerbated when stranded on a remote island with 9 other survivors. More

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Words: 53,680
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301244386
About Sam Clark

Avid reader of classical literature, adventure and fantasy novels, but will read many other genres too.

I live in Pembrokeshire, the jewel of Wales, a land of inspiration and mythical essence, but have a love of North Wales too; Snowdonia and the Conwy valley.

I enjoy walking and camping, and often combine the two activities, but never go anywhere without several books and my Kindle.

Reviews

Review by: Reginald Bunsworth on June 23, 2013 :
First off, this is not what i was expecting. It's an idea we have all seen several times but what really makes this book stand out is the writing; the way Sam Clark focuses more on the emotions and reactions of the characters, in particular the tension that builds between the characters and none more so than Henry and Christine, and Elizabeth. Thankfully, he doesn't put too much detail into the descriptions of the island, etc, just enough to paint a picture in your mind before you're drawn into the story. This is very much about how different people cope with disaster and despair; some better than others, and it really does show the nature of humanity. I won't go into the plotline too much (don't want to spoil it for you) but i must say, i found it very hard to stop reading. An excellent debut here.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Melodie Ramone on May 18, 2013 :
Island of Heartache was not quite what I expected. It was better than I expected. Filled with realistic characters taken far from their comfort zone and forced to use their instincts to survive, it pits loyalty against reason and self-denial over indulgence, showing the true test of a human being's endurance. It's difficult to review this book without giving many spoilers, but suffice it to say I enjoyed it very much and would suggest it to anybody looking for something a little different, with twists, turns, lovable characters, and an ending that will leave you with a happy and satisfied sigh.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Bev Spicer on Jan. 05, 2013 :
I was attracted to this book primarily by the style of writing, which I found to be elegant and rather reserved. I was drawn into the relationship between Henry and his rather unlikeable wife and his undeniable attraction to Elizabeth, whom he knew vaguely from his place of work. When the plot took a dramatic turn, I was riveted, wanting to know what would happen to the people on the plane.
Island of Heartache is a book about relationships but also about difficult moral dilemmas. I enjoyed following the characters as they chose their own courses of action, and was satisfied by the ending. (Don't want to give it away by saying too much!) Recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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