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Island in the East

Narrated by: Emma Powell
Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
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Summary

With a sizzling love affair playing out against sisterly rivalry and epic family drama, Island in the East is the perfect read for fans of Victoria Hislop, Dinah Jefferies and Tracy Rees. 

Two great loves. One shattering betrayal. A war that changes everything.

Singapore, 1897

Harriet and Mae Grafton are 20 year-old identical twins born from a scandalous affair. They grew up in India slighted by gossip and ostracised from polite society. They had each other and that was enough. But when their wealthy benefactor sends them to Singapore, they meet the mysterious Alex Blake and their relationship fractures with devastating consequences.

1941

Ivy Harcourt is posted to wartime Singapore amid the looming threat of Japanese invasion. Ivy knows the island will be a far cry from war-torn London, but she is totally unprepared for what awaits her: strangers from her grandmother Mae's past, an unstoppable love affair and a shattering secret that's been waiting to be uncovered.... 

Vivid, authentic and utterly beautiful, Island in the East is evocative, atmospheric and romantic historical fiction at its very best.

©2018 Jenny Ashcroft (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic reviews

"Beautifully written and impressively researched, Island in the East is a stunner. Emotional, evocative and enthralling." (Kate Furnivall)

 

"Completely entrancing - the humidity and social tensions of a bygone Singapore rise from every page. Perfect escapism, beautifully written." (Emma Rous) 

"Island in the East is that rare thing: a dual narrative novel in which both strands of the story are as engaging and compelling as each other...it's impossible to put this book down." (Kate Riordan)

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Struggled with this book, but YOU might not!!

Starts of good and the story seems very interesting. However it constantly jumps from one year to another and unfortunately I found that due to this it was difficult to follow. Especially if i hadn't listened for a few days i would forget who the characters were.
If you as a listener can cope with the above and want a story with a difference listen to this.

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Absolutely loved this!!!!!

This book is beautifully narrated - one of the best I've heard, then the content - the story is gripping, exciting, moving and holds your attention with every turn. I couldn't put it down! I listened to it everywhere I was! I highly recommend it and I'm downloading another by this author. 6 stars!

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Brill!

loved listening to this. well written and a truly moving story. well worth a read!

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A well told story

Really enjoyed this. Switches between two historical periods, and one or two mildly iffy aspects, but basically a great listen. Recommended.

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Wonderful book!

I really enjoyed listening to this book right from the off and I am so delighted to have found another by the sme author which I am looking forward to hear.

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Outstanding book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I would highly recommend it. Very talented author. Fantastic parallel storylines cleverly woven

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Not to be missed👍

This kept me spellbound from the start transported me as though I was living the tale the reader's voice was wonderful an excellent read or should I say listen🎆

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  • JC
  • 08-08-18

Loved it

This is Jenny Ashcroft’s second book. I have them both and have enjoyed them both. I could feel the stifling heat of Singapore as she describes everything beautifully. I can’t wait for book number three

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  • 23-03-18

Pretty good for romantic historical fiction

Pretty good for escapist reading. There are a LOT of plotting i probabilities, and the big twist is blantantly obvious, but somehow it all works. The author writes very evocatively of Singapore, and that is a big part of what makes this book so entertaining. Also, this narrator was perfect for this story.

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