Monday, 11 August 2014

Island of Flowers, 1982

     The book starts with Laine Simmons's journey to Kauai islands where she hopes to establish a bond between his estranged father. It's been fifteen years that they have last corresponded. The onus of this estrangement lies on the shoulders of Vanessa, Laine's mother, who has used her own child as a security for her own future. But, the bad guy is dead, now. Kauai is similar to Laine. Both are beautiful, unexplored and primitive. She falls in love with the place and Dillon O'Brian, her father's business partner. Dillon is skeptic of Laine's visit to her father after fifteen years. But, who is he to judge? Nevertheless, he watches her like a hawk and monitors her every action.

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     For me, this book fails to create the magic. The purpose with which Laine visits Kauai somehow gets fulfilled but the effort shown is next to none. The establishment of a relationship with her father takes the back seat for Laine when she falls in love with Dillon; and this guy doesn't leave a chance to judge and mock her. Nothing major happens. The end seems foreign to me. After so many accusations, judgments and mockery, I couldn't get how she chooses to love and live with Dillon. Though we have been told that she spits fire, I am least convinced. Because I have read much written by Roberts, I can say this is not one of her best works.

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