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Island of Dreams by Patricia Potter

Island of Dreams (1991)

by Patricia Potter

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I read this concurrently with The Jekyll Island Club by Tyler Bagwell because most of the book takes place on Jekyll Island, one part in 1942 during the Club's last, abbreviated, season and the rest during 1963. Technically, this is a reread but it's been twenty+ years so mainly I only remembered liking it because I really liked the location, having visited the island a number of times in the eighties when it was definitely recognizable as the place Ms. Potter is describing.

The novel opens with Meara and her daughter attending the funeral of Sanders Evans, their husband and father. Her thoughts go back to the season on Jekyll of 1942 and her first meetings with Sanders and Michael. Meara had come to the island for several years with the Connors to look after their two children. Mr. Connors was a member of the Club and owned one of the Cottages and the two men were guests at the Clubhouse. Meara fell headlong into love with Michael with the intensity of first love only to be betrayed. Fast forward to 1963 and the consequences of that first love are still playing out. But being romantic suspense one can guess how it will end. The journey is the thing...

While I loved the descriptions of the island this time as much as before, I did tend to skim over some of Meara's obsessing over Michael in 1942 and her later "please don't let Lisa make the same mistake" thoughts in 1963. That said, it's an OK romantic suspense novel for one written around 1990 and the author managed to make her story reasonably plausible.
  hailelib | Jan 30, 2014 |
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Meara O'Hara Evans wished the tears would flow.
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While war rages in America, Meara O'Hara leads a safe and secluded life on Georgia's enchanted Jekyll Island, where she makes the grave mistake of falling in love with Michael Fielding, on the island to complete a secret mission. Reissue.

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