The Island Villa – Lily Graham

When Charlotte’s husband James tragically dies, he leaves her an unexpected gift – her grandmother’s beautiful villa, Marisal, on the Spanish island of Formentera.

As she begins to explore her new home, and heal her broken heart in the warm golden sunshine, Charlotte discovers that her grandmother Alba has been keeping secrets about her life on the island. Intrigued by her family’s hidden history, Charlotte uncovers a devastating love affair that put many lives at risk and two sisters torn apart by loss.

Can the heartbreaking truth of the island’s dark history finally be laid to rest? Or will the secrets of the past shake the new life and love that Charlotte is close to finding?



My review

When you loose someone you love very much, you feel like the world has come to an end. It’s hard to cope and then you receive his gift …
This story takes you on a journey to a Spanish island. No, it’s not a tale about sun, sand and beach. There is a lot more to it. You are taken back in time and brought back to the present. Little by little you fall back on your feet enveloped by the history of your ancestors and new friends. You realize you have a lot to live for and it’s your turn to keep the past alive. Even though you miss that one person you would like to share it with, he will always be with you, having secured that big part of your heart.
I liked the set up of the book and I was fascinated by the historical part. Although it happend several years ago, it is the base of who and what you are now. I truely enjoyed it. 5 stars.

Thank you, Lily Graham, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Lily has been telling stories since she was a child, starting with her imaginary rabbit, Stephanus, and their adventures in the enchanted peach tree in her garden, which she envisioned as a magical portal to Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. She’s never really got out of the habit of making things up, and still thinks of Stephanus rather fondly.

She lives with her husband and her English bulldog, Fudge, and brings her love for the sea and country-living to her fiction.