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The Drago Tree

 

“Her new skin hung like frock in a shop window, her own heavy memories standing like security at the shop door”

Ann Salter does what all women should do – she takes a holiday in the Canary Islands to escape a disastrous marriage. Lanzarote sounds beautiful on the page and as Ann learns about the history of the island, admires its geography and mingles with the locals, I can assure you that you will want to run away to it yourself. ‘The Drago Tree’ is essentially a romance. It features a sympathetic heroine, two equally intriguing heroes, bouts of sentimentality and a nostalgia for the past. However, I was surprised to discover that I breezed through the book without worrying about “enjoying” a romance, which as you, dear follower, would have guessed by now – I dread.

The success of ‘The Drago Tree’ perhaps lies in the fact that Isobel Blackthorn has been able to stray away from the patterned conventions of a romance. The narrative is more focused on atmosphere, the history and mysteries of Lanzarote, Ann’s battle with her own troubled past and a surprising twist to the story, which is not the usual outcome of a romance. That was all true till the last few pages of the book – which was disappointingly predictable. Nonetheless, this book is much much more than a simple romance.

Reader: *turns nose away from a romance novel*

Reader’s conscience: Don’t judge a book by its blurb

Reader concedes and is all the better for it

Why you should read it:

  • Introspective prose
  • Learn about a new place, its culture and people
  • If you’re looking for an unconventional romance/women’s fiction

Why you shouldn’t read it:

  • If romance is a big no-no for you
  • If you won’t enjoy reading a predictable and neatly ended book

 

Note ~ I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review

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