Thursday, June 16, 2022

Review: Island Time by Georgia Clark

Island Time
by Georgia Clark

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 412
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The Kellys are messy, loud, loving Australians. The Lees are sophisticated, aloof, buttoned-up Americans. They have nothing in common…except for the fact that their daughters are married. When a nearby volcano erupts during their short vacation to a remote tropical island off the coast of Queensland, the two families find themselves stranded together for six weeks.

With only two island employees making up the rest of their party, everyone is forced to question what—or who—they really want. Island Time is a sumptuous summer read that dives deep into queer romance, family secrets, ambition, parenthood, and a bird-chasing bromance. This sexy, sun-soaked paradise of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush rainforest will show you it’s never too late to change your destiny.

Kritters Thoughts:  A set of sisters, a married lesbian couple, both of their parents and two outsiders get stuck on an island and crazy is about to happen.  Matty and Amelia are the sisters.  Matty and Parker are the lesbian couple and the Kellys are Parker's parents and the Lees are Matty and Amelia's parents and while that sounds confusing, they are written so uniquely that is easy to keep them straight from page one.  

While I can't pinpoint one thing, I can just say that I just didn't love this book.  This is my second Georgia Clark read and I would like to read more before I make a full decision.  The characters in this one were fine and they had a good arc, but I can say it felt weird that they weren't more exasperated that they were stuck on this island.  I felt their response to their situation was underwhelming.  The pacing also didn't work for me and I know that is part of my own reading life right now, as my reading time is limited, I need books that are constantly moving and this one had quite a few quiet moments that for me fell flat.  

I will say the characters kept me reading and I was definitely invested in them and wanting to know how all the things would be resolved, so I am thankful that from the beginning I cared about the entire cast and there was no way I was going to DNF and not know all the resolutions.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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