Review – Beach Plum Island – Holly Robinson

18 Mar

beach plum islandBeach Plum Island
Author: Holly Robinson

Review Copy Provided by Author via STB on Goodreads

“Your brother should know the truth.”

These are the last cryptic words that Ava Barrett’s father says before he dies. But Ava doesn’t have a brother, as far as she knows, so how can she tell him the truth? She dismisses the conversation and dedicates herself to bringing her family together for her father’s funeral. This is no easy task, since her sister, Elaine, has been estranged from the family and still harbors resentment against their stepmother and half-sister, Gigi. Ava, on the other hand, is a single mother who sees Gigi as a troubled teen in need of love and connection.

Ava, too, could use more love in her life and finds it where she least expects it. But the biggest surprise of all is that Gigi holds the key to the mystery surrounding her father’s dying words, and joins Ava in uncovering a secret that rapidly unravels the very fabric of their entire family…

When I got my first look at the cover for Beach Plum Island, my immediate thought was that it would whimsical, flirty, a light kind of read. But having previously read Holly Robinson’s work, I knew that wasn’t going to be the case – she manages to find that story that tugs at the heart-strings. And Beach Plum Island was no different, although I will admit that it wasn’t as angsty as her previous book – not that I’m complaining!

I was sucked in to the story of Ava, Elaine and Gigi from the very beginning – there is something about Holly’s writing that makes the relationship between the women so real – I mean, I felt like I was watching three sisters interact, there were happy moments, sad moments, moments where I wanted to hit one (or all three of them) upside the head. There is definately plenty of angst between the three of them, from Ava/Elaine and the sisters who grew up together, to Gigi, the interloper, trying to figure out where she fits in the family. Added to that the last words from their dying father, about a brother no one knew existed. The mystery of finding their brother played out well through the book, it wasn’t like a wham bam solve the mystery ma’am, but rather a gradual release of clues and discovery leading to the ultimate discovery. There was definately a feel-good ending to the book.

This was one of those books where you think you are just going to read a chapter or two, and then next thing you know its 2am and your alarm clock is going to go off in 2 hours…(yeah, it most definately got snoozed that morning). Its hard for me to say which authors are similar to Holly Robinson, maybe Kristin Hannah with her female relationships, but I think that Holly’s books tend to be more final at the end, whereas sometimes Ms Hannah’s leaving me feeling not quite done.

Overall, I gave Beach Plum Island , 4.5 stars, but rounding down to 4 on Goodreads (and up to 5 on Amazon).


Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Book Review


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7 responses to “Review – Beach Plum Island – Holly Robinson

  1. Melinda

    March 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Sounds like a nice read! love the cover too

    • Dee

      March 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      It’s def. an emotional read but really good

  2. Holly Robinson (@hollyrob1)

    March 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my book! This is a scary time for any author, as a book is about to launch, because you never know how your “baby” is going to fare out in the big world by itself–I held my breath as I was reading this, I admit. Book bloggers like you help writers keep going, because you give as a savvy audience we aim to please.

    • Dee

      March 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      It was my pleasure Holly!

  3. Suzanne DeWitt

    March 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I’m reading it right now and am completely enjoying it. I agree with your summary about the believability of the characters and relationships, but I think the language itself is what has me captivated. Holly regularly slips in gorgeous, lyrical thoughts that make you stop and reread for the pure enjoyment of both sound and meaning. Beach Plum Island is a must-add for summer reading lists!

    • Dee

      March 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      That’s a great way of describing it! I had issues last night trying to describe it

  4. Holly Robinson (@hollyrob1)

    March 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Ah, Suzanne, you’re so wonderful to say such nice things! Thank you so much!


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