Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Island of Secrets by Diane Demetre. It’s a tale of empowerment, about rising above oppression and a family who keeps their secrets buried deep beneath decades of lies.
About the Author
Diane began her career as a school teacher before moving into the entertainment industry as a choreographer, director, event manager, dancer and actress, working in television and live theatre, and managing multi-million dollar productions.
Following her onstage career, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist, keynote speaker and presenter, appearing on national radio and television.When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016.
Her romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.
About the book
A captivating story of love, mystery and hope. Two love stories separated in time. Two women following their dreams. In a paradise littered with painful secrets, will love turn the tide?
1973. Cecilia “CiCi” Freemont has a restless soul and the voice of an angel. Leaving her privileged upbringing behind, she chases her dreams to the sandy beaches of an unspoiled Hawaiian paradise, Harbor Island. But life takes an unexpected turn when she falls for the island’s young heir-apparent and her newfound adventure becomes too much to bear…
2017. Investigative journalist Tina Templeton has dedicated herself to the pursuit of truth. But when she inherits Harbor Island, her career plans take a confusing twist. Managing the sprawling island estate is tough business even with the help of aging cabaret singer, CiCi Freemont. Especially when a massive ecological disaster threatens to destroy her beautiful beaches—and the responding coast guard captain steals her heart.
As the investigation into the disaster reveals a 40-year-old mystery that could change their lives forever, will Tina find love among the secrets, or will CiCi’s painful past dash her dreams on the rocks?
Island of Secrets is an epic love story. If you like generations-spanning drama, characters with hidden pasts, heart-warming romance and intrigue, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s powerful romantic mystery in paradise.
The story is about two women decades apart who are both connected to a special place called Harbor Island. In a way it is about them finding their own voices, paths and strength to overcome any obstacle in their lives.
It starts with the story of Cecilia, a young woman who ends up on Harbor Island after finally coming to the realisation that the free-love phase of the 70s is a lot more messy than she thought it would be. She hears about a job on a nearby private island working for a wealthy family, which is the beginning of her discovering what she wants in life.
Over three decades later Tina returns home to the same island that defined the life of her family and Cecilia. Perhaps it’s time the secrets were allowed to breath and infiltrate the family life, which has been built on lies, fraud, pain and the need to please one selfish man.
It has the feel of a family dynasty with plenty of secrets and drama. The characters have a flair for the melodramatic and equally for very serene thoughtful moments. In one moment Cecilia will be pondering her insecurities and how she has overcome them, and in the next moment she exits stage left with a flounce and a hair flip.
It’s a tale of empowerment, about rising above oppression and a family who keeps their secrets buried deep beneath decades of lies. Demetre gives the story an exotic, tropical feel, and infuses the imagery with her own love of the beautiful surroundings. Her love of Hawaii is evident, despite Harbor Island being a fictional place.
It’s perfect for readers who enjoy romance, intrigue, family feuds, plenty of secrets and a colourful cast of characters.
Publisher: Luminosity Publishing LLP; pub date Oct. 2018