Sunday, June 23, 2019


Mira Books
April 30th, 2019
Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Paperback ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 Hearts

For Lauren Delaney, people assume her life is magical and perfect. She had the perfect life with a solid career, a great marriage and two daughters who she is so proud of. But for Lauren, her life isn’t perfect and on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary, she makes a decision that will change everything in her life. Now on a path of her choosing, away from the controlling husband that mistreated her throughout her marriage, she finds the strength to move forward into a life of her choosing. She meets a man who is her kindred spirit and is also going through a similar ending of an unhappy marriage. Even as Lauren enjoys her new life she has made; darkness is on the horizon. Her soon to be ex-husband is determined that he get his perfect life back…at any cost.

THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND is Robyn Carr’s latest standalone novel and it was good but not, in my opinion, a great read. It might have been the mood I was in when I read it, but I couldn’t connect with Lauren right away and it took till chapter four for me to enjoy her journey and the rest of the book. The author does a great job in capturing Lauren’s journey to her new life as well as her relationship with her family, friends old and new and a new love interest. Ms. Carr delivers a solid story that will keep you interested until the very end as well as well root for Lauren to get her very own happy ever after in any way she can. What I loved after I got into the story and Lauren’s journey was how the author wrote Lauren’s relationship to Beau in such a believable way. Friends who are fed up with their spouses, someone that knows what they are feeling and going through with the demise of their marriages and someone to support what they are going through as well.  Ms. Carr did a really good job in writing how their friendship slowly evolved over time and turned over to romance. I really enjoyed Beau and Lauren together. Their friendship seemed so natural and the romance that came naturally for them.

THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND is a bit darker than her past books and deals with mental, physical and emotional abuse so if those are your triggers than you might not enjoy this one as much. I really thought the author did a great job in capturing Lauren’s journey and the secondary characters where a wide range of personalities that gave the story some great moments. If you enjoy Ms. Carr’s past books then try her new one today and enjoy a darker story that is filled with hope, love in all its forms and a woman’s journey to the person she is meant to be. I look forward to seeing where Ms. Carr goes next for her readers to enjoy.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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