I have been reading and enjoying the novels of Erica James since 1996. I therefore consider myself a long-time fan of her style of escapism. Heart-warming, romantic stories which often tend to be emotional roller coasters.
‘Coming Home to Island House’ is no exception, with a period story, set just prior to the start of World War II, which is full of engaging characters. Island House is the family home of Jack Devereux and it here that he and his wife a successful author, Romily Temple, are when he is taken ill in the summer of 1939. His estranged family are summoned home and discover after his death that to meet the terms of his will, they must reconcile their differences. Far from an easy ask for siblings that have spent a lifetime not getting on, plus discovering they now have a stepmother! A family divided but united by the trials and tribulations they face as they suffer heartbreak and loss thanks to the horrors of war.
In conclusion this is a heart rending story with great character portrayals. Recommended for those that enjoy escapism, plus with this novel a good sense of historical background.