Whenever I pick up a novel by Libby Page I know I’m going to be treated to some beautifully descriptive and warm writing, a story about lovely people and the connections they make that make their lives better, and a strong sense of place. The Island Home gave me all of this and more in the most gorgeous island setting on the remote Scottish Isle of Kip.
Lorna’s world is small but safe. She loves her daughter, and the two of them is all that matters. But after nearly twenty years, she and Ella are suddenly leaving London for the Isle of Kip, the tiny remote Scottish island where Lorna grew up.
Alice’s world is tiny but full. She loves the community on Kip, her yoga classes drawing women across the tiny island together. Now Lorna’s arrival might help their family finally mend itself – even if forgiveness means returning to the past…
So with two decades, hundreds of miles and a lifetime’s worth of secrets between Lorna and the island, can coming home mean starting again?
After having read The Lido and The 24-Hour Cafe, both of which feel very London-centric, The Island Home felt like a bit of departure for this author. What was the same, though, was the slow-burn build of affection that eventually made me care deeply for every character.
This is certainly not a pacy read, rather one to read slowly and savour. One or two scenes made me so emotional that I was almost moved to tears, and these are the moments that stand out to me as typifying Libby Page’s wonderful skill as a writer.
The Island Home will be published by Orion on the 24th June. With thanks for this gifted e-copy to review.