The Plot (from Goodreads):
The Kellys are messy, loud, loving Australians. The Lees are sophisticated, aloof, buttoned-up Americans. They have nothing in common…except for the fact that their daughters are married. When a nearby volcano erupts during their short vacation to a remote tropical island off the coast of Queensland, the two families find themselves stranded together for six weeks.
With only two island employees making up the rest of their party, everyone is forced to question what—or who—they really want. Island Time is a sumptuous summer read that dives deep into queer romance, family secrets, ambition, parenthood, and a bird-chasing bromance. This sexy, sun-soaked paradise of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush rainforest will show you it’s never too late to change your destiny.
I don’t usually read descriptions before I pick up books, so I was fully expecting a travel romance based on the beautiful cover. Imagine my surprise when the tsunami hit and these families got stranded on their vacation! What I got was so much more interesting than a run-of-the-mill travel romance, though.
I loved both the Kellys and the Lees and how completely opposite they were. It was so fun to get each different character’s opinion on each scene.
I think Ludmilla was my favorite character. She was so buttoned-up and fancy at the beginning, and hardheadedly decided that she was going to become good at fishing just because Jules didn’t think she could. The two dads were my second-favorite part, with their unlikely friendship and bird-watching endeavor.
This story was certainly unique, and a very enjoyable read about family and living life to the fullest.
I loved that the audiobook featured a full-cast narration, which was extremely helpful in keeping these many characters straight. I thought all of the narrators were such good fits for their characters and was very glad I listened to the audio copy.
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