I had the great privilege of reading “The Island Villa” by Lily Graham recently. It was vivid, charming, engaging. It isn’t often that I lose myself in a book, so when I started reading this one I wasn’t expecting I would be so completely transported to a sunny island. It was just the sort of armchair holiday I needed.
In “The Island Villa” forty-five year old Charlotte loses her husband to cancer. Soon after he passes away Charlotte discovers he bought the house her grandmother grew up in; a house named Marisal on the tiny island, Formentera, off the coast of Spain. Charlotte follows her husband’s wishes and returns to her roots. She discovers a great-aunt she never knew existed and a group of friends who help her find joy again. As Charlotte begins to heal from her loss and learns to thrive on the island, she hears stories of her ancestors from her aunt. These stories are woven together with her own story.
This book was so charming. Absolutely enchanting! I adored every single one of the characters. It’s one of those books that I wish I could step into. Lily Graham has a gift for describing a place so vividly that you are left with the feeling that you actually visited the place. The only character who seemed flat was a minor character, Charlotte’s best friend. Besides encouraging Charlotte to go to the island, this character wasn’t necessary to the story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to escape to a sunny location. It really is an ideal book to read over the summer. I gave this 4 out of 5 ⭐️!
Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with an ebook review copy.