Title : Redemption Island
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Cover Design: Shanoff Formats
Welcome to the island.
This is no fantasy.
You’ll face fears.
You’ll face travesty.
You’ll face yourself.
One deserted island.
Two heinous crimes.
Two convicted hearts.
When decent people do bad things,
there’s only one place for forgiveness:
The island knows what you’ve done.
4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF
I’ve not read LB Dunbar’s work for a while, her last few releases were simply not for me, so it was with great excitement that we signed up for Redemption Island. I was needing my fix of this author. The blurb to this book is perfect; it’s enticing and beckons you easily. The cover needs mention too; for it’s simple, understated graphics again, draw you to the book. LB Dunbar has definitely got those two fundamental components absolutely right.
Whilst I love this authors writing, I often find it difficult to initially settle down into any book she writes. This is in no way a criticism, it just takes me time to become immersed in her style of writing. Redemption Island was no exception, it took a few chapters to become re-acquainted with the unique way she writes. Once I’m in though, it’s all good from there. I found it difficult to put this book down.
I had a little wobble with Tack. I guess the nature of his crime is an unforgivable one, no matter the circumstances. Any justification that was thrown at me just didn’t seem enough and the glimpses of the man he was, out with the Island, weren’t particularly endearing to me either. I certainly understood some, but it didn’t make it okay with me and I had a hard time connecting with him for a long while. My sympathies lay squarely at Juliet’s feet for much of the book. But, I think in hindsight – that is so far removed from what this book is even remotely about. It’s not about his crime, or her crime. Redemption Island is about so much more.
LB Dunbar questions the reader, not in a traditional sense, but more of a – what would I do, how would I cope – kind of sense. Introspective and challenging are the words I would use. I always love these kinds of books, they push and pull at the emotions. There are so many intermingled themes running through this book, all connected in one way or another, yet clear as day. I think LB Dunbar did a fantastic job putting those topics into words and ‘touching’ the reader. I’ve no doubt many a discussion will be had about the contents of this book, the subjects approached. Dark and heavy and beautiful all at the same time.
I enjoyed the narrative, until the author threw me for a loop. I’m still not sure how I feel about those chapters to be honest, not sure if they worked, can’t make my mind up on that. The fact I’m not hating them I guess counts for something. This has been one of the harder reviews for me to write and I have kept my views as vague as possible, with minimum reference to plot line, intentionally. Redemption Island should not be spoiled, the blurb gives you enough. And I’d recommend this highly – but it’s not a beach read. It’s a hunker down somewhere with no distractions kind of read. Cannot wait for the conclusion, which I do believe is coming in October. Enjoy!
About the Author
Avid drinker of Coca-Cola, L.B. Dunbar loves the sweet things in life. Her affair with all things romantic began with her first book at the tender age of six: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One can never forget her first! From there, the reading journey includes a deep love of fairy tales, medieval knights, regency debauchery, and alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack Russell terrier. Accused, yes, that’s the correct word, of having an over active imagination; to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over a dozen novels, she’s created small town worlds, rock star mayhem, and MMA chaos. Her other duties in life include: mother to four growing children and wife to the one and only.
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