“Maybe it isn’t the specific thing that happens to you that’s important, but instead just having anything happen to you.”“The Island of Palm Trees”, by Michael Walsh-Rose
I was delighted to join the Blog Tour of “The Island of Palm Trees” by Michael Walsh-Rose. Many thanks to Vic of Insta Book Tours and of course the author for organising the tour and gifting me a (signed!) copy of the book.
Most people come to the Scarlett Grove Hotel in Roquetas De Mar to enjoy a luxury hotel, sun, sea and sand.
But the characters in Michael Walsh-Rose’s novel, “The Island of Palm Trees” all have a different reason. Aspiring writer Tom wants to escape the boredom of living at home and the memories of his father, and find inspiration for his novel; Sarah is trapped in an abusive marriage with partner Richard, and is mourning the loss of a child; Gabriella is desperate to salvage her family business; and Joy is hiding from a past she can’t seem to escape.
As Tom gets sucked into each of the characters’ dangerous worlds, he may not only fail to come away from the island with a novel – he may lose his life.
What a great debut novel! I really enjoyed reading this one. I don’t know how much the author followed his protagonist’s theory that you should ‘write what you know’, but I found Tom to be a believable and likeable main character. The author has a quirky and direct style of writing that really appealed to me. I have huge admiration for independent authors, and I hope this book is the first of many from Walsh-Rose.
Published: 10 July 2021