Blog Tour and Review: Dreams of the Island by Kate Hewitt @bookouture

Posted December 18, 2020 by sinfully in Blog Tour, Historical Fiction, Review / 0 Comments


Buy Link: Amazon


Henry McAvoy leaned forward. “I have been looking for an artist just like you—a diamond in the rough, so to speak. And really, Miss Copley,” he said gently, “what do you have to lose?”

1911, Amherst Island, Canada: When a chance encounter takes Ellen Copley away from the beautiful island she has called home since she was orphaned as a child—she believes it is the new start she has been waiting for.

She settles into an exciting, creative new life in Glasgow, feeling like she’s finally finding her independence. And even though she left a part of her heart back on the island, she’s flattered by the attentions of her handsome, charming benefactor, Henry McAvoy.

But tragedy strikes their fledgling relationship, and soon after war looms over Europe. Emboldened by all she has loved and lost, Ellen leaves Scotland to become a nurse on the front line. And, as she finds herself having to choose between love and duty, desire and bravery, her courage is tested as never before.

The war rages on—and familiar faces appear on the front line, including her childhood sweetheart Jed Lyman and his brother Lucas. Coming face-to-face with her past, Ellen will learn what she is made of. But can she finally decide where her heart truly belongs?

Previously published as On Renfrew Street.


My Review:

Dreams of the Island is the second book in the Amherst Island series by Kate Hewitt. Ellen Copley is back where it all Scotland after leaving her island home for a new opportunity. Ellen, now a young woman, is still trying to figure out life and find her place in this world after a heartbreak. In Glasgow, she slowly starts to find herself and makes some friends along her journey of self discovery. Here is where she finds a new potential love interest, but it is not long before Ellen is tested again when war breaks out and she finds herself on the frontlines putting her nursing skills to good use. But after the war is over, will Ellen finally be able to find where she truly belongs?

Kate Hewitt’s writing is simply amazing and I always find myself drawn into each of her stories and the Amherst Island series is turning into some of my favorite books from this author. Hewitt paints such a vivid picture whether it is in describing Amherst Island, Scotland and even the people themselves. She also makes you feel as if you are growing up with Ellen as she goes through life trying to find a place where she belongs. I can’t help rooting for Ellen as Hewitt has made her into such a compassionate and loveable character. The storyline just flows so effortlessly and I found myself reading it slowly so I could savor everything about the story. Let’s face it, I didn’t want the story to end and I know once I read the third book in the series, Return to the Island, I am going to be completely heartbroken when it is finished.

If you love a sweeping Historical Fiction story with a character you can’t help but love, then you definitely will want to start this wonderfully amazing series.

Author Bio:

Kate Hewitt is the author of many romance and women’s fiction novels. A former New Yorker and now an American ex-pat, she lives in a small town on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and their overly affectionate Golden Retriever. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling stories that tackle real issues and touch people’s lives.


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