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From bestselling author Sarah McCoy, a sun-splashed romp with a rich divorcee and her two wayward daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world's most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and scandals stayed hidden from the press... From bestselling author Sarah McCoy, a sun-splashed romp with a rich divorcee and her two wayward daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world's most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and scandals stayed hidden from the press...


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From bestselling author Sarah McCoy, a sun-splashed romp with a rich divorcee and her two wayward daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world's most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and scandals stayed hidden from the press... From bestselling author Sarah McCoy, a sun-splashed romp with a rich divorcee and her two wayward daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world's most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and scandals stayed hidden from the press...

30 review for Mustique Island

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    3.5 stars! Quick thoughts: Mustique Island jumps off the pages in Sarah McCoy’s newest novel. It also has a rich cast of characters and loads of scintillating drama. You may recognize this location, and Princess Margaret, from The Crown. I love to armchair travel, and this was a fascinating and entertaining trip back to the 1970s! I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader 3.5 stars! Quick thoughts: Mustique Island jumps off the pages in Sarah McCoy’s newest novel. It also has a rich cast of characters and loads of scintillating drama. You may recognize this location, and Princess Margaret, from The Crown. I love to armchair travel, and this was a fascinating and entertaining trip back to the 1970s! I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Calling all fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid. Try this tempting tale of Willy May, a Texas transplant, and her two daughters--set against the backdrop of an exotic island. By the way, this island is the stomping grounds for Princess Margaret and other notables like Mick & Bianca Jagger. It is a story about motherhood and loss; of roots and ramblings; of the traditional and unconventional. What Willy May discovers about mothering by watching her own children become mothers is a revelation in and of it Calling all fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid. Try this tempting tale of Willy May, a Texas transplant, and her two daughters--set against the backdrop of an exotic island. By the way, this island is the stomping grounds for Princess Margaret and other notables like Mick & Bianca Jagger. It is a story about motherhood and loss; of roots and ramblings; of the traditional and unconventional. What Willy May discovers about mothering by watching her own children become mothers is a revelation in and of itself. Pour yourself a cool iced tea, put your feet up, and escape Mustique Island. Oh, and don't forget your mosquito repellant! Thank you to William Morrow and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    2.5 So I decided to try to read a few lighter books, mentally needed at the present time. I found, however, I'm not the right audience for these types of books. I found I'm okay with lighter reads if they are different or quirky. This book dragged for me in places, too much of a soap opera quality. My favorite part was the setting and a few appearances of Princess Margaret, who did actually have a home here. There was really nothing objectionable to the story, the characters were okay, but nothi 2.5 So I decided to try to read a few lighter books, mentally needed at the present time. I found, however, I'm not the right audience for these types of books. I found I'm okay with lighter reads if they are different or quirky. This book dragged for me in places, too much of a soap opera quality. My favorite part was the setting and a few appearances of Princess Margaret, who did actually have a home here. There was really nothing objectionable to the story, the characters were okay, but nothing really totally drew me in. Read and learn, I guess. All different books for all types of readers. Just not the right audience but it's the reading that counts.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah McCoy

    I’m thrilled to invite you on a summer voyage to MUSTIQUE ISLAND. 🌈 A gracious bookseller called this novel ‘a literary rainbow'. I love that description. Rainbows usually appear after storms. In the aftermath of the pandemic, I think we’ve earned a rainbow read, don’t you? Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of British royal scandal (Princess Margaret had plenty!) and celebrity intrigue. That said, I hope readers come for the island escapades and leave full of heart treasures— what it means to be worth I’m thrilled to invite you on a summer voyage to MUSTIQUE ISLAND. 🌈 A gracious bookseller called this novel ‘a literary rainbow'. I love that description. Rainbows usually appear after storms. In the aftermath of the pandemic, I think we’ve earned a rainbow read, don’t you? Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of British royal scandal (Princess Margaret had plenty!) and celebrity intrigue. That said, I hope readers come for the island escapades and leave full of heart treasures— what it means to be worthy of love and family and all the riches that can’t be bought. Thank you for reading and being exactly who I choose to be on my literary island.🏝 xo, Sarah

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Imagine this.. it’s the early 70’s ☮️…a private Caribbean island that is invitation only…if you would like to live there you must be approved…by the owners..😬 There are 3 requirements: Must be wealthy 💰 …attractive 👱‍♀️👠…and able to keep your lips sealed 🤐..What happens at Mustique Island 🏝 stays there! 🤫 Your neighbor is a Princess 👸… your other neighbor is a rock star… did someone say Mick??? Yes..that Mick!! 😍😳🤭 Well this all fit the bill for a newly divoriced Willy May. After a messy divorce.. Imagine this.. it’s the early 70’s ☮️…a private Caribbean island that is invitation only…if you would like to live there you must be approved…by the owners..😬 There are 3 requirements: Must be wealthy 💰 …attractive 👱‍♀️👠…and able to keep your lips sealed 🤐..What happens at Mustique Island 🏝 stays there! 🤫 Your neighbor is a Princess 👸… your other neighbor is a rock star… did someone say Mick??? Yes..that Mick!! 😍😳🤭 Well this all fit the bill for a newly divoriced Willy May. After a messy divorce.. and the death of her ex husband..🤔😬…Willie Mae was ready to escape the speculations and gossip. Luckily she had an “in” to Mustique Island and off she went. 🏝 This book was fascinating!! I will admit I had never heard of Mustique Island 🏝 so I immediately hit Google after reading this. Wow!! I highly recommend looking this up! Not only is the island gorgeous… but the history is amazing!! It sounds like @sarahmmccoy captured it perfectly!! 😍 So if you too want to wisk away to Mustique Island 🏝… you can!! Publication date was May 10th!! 🏝🐢🍹 🏝🏝🏝 Would you be able to live on a private island?? Have you traveled 🧳 to somewhere exotic like this?? How gorgeous is this cover?!! Loveee it!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you to Suzy Approved Tours, William Morrow for this gifted copy

  6. 4 out of 5

    Martha Kelly

    I loved every minute of my trip to glorious Mustique Island-hanging out with Princess Margaret, strolling the white sand beaches and just living life with the fabulous former Texas beauty queen Willy May. Sarah McCoy's writing is just like the island-so warm and luscious. It lets you feel the warm breeze on your skin and has you rooting for the fabulous Willy May, such a beautifully drawn, strong woman. I couldn't wait to jump back into this fascinating world each night and once I finished, I Go I loved every minute of my trip to glorious Mustique Island-hanging out with Princess Margaret, strolling the white sand beaches and just living life with the fabulous former Texas beauty queen Willy May. Sarah McCoy's writing is just like the island-so warm and luscious. It lets you feel the warm breeze on your skin and has you rooting for the fabulous Willy May, such a beautifully drawn, strong woman. I couldn't wait to jump back into this fascinating world each night and once I finished, I Googled Mustique hoping to go to that glorious place one day. But until then I feel like I've already been there. And so glad I went.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    This is a historical fiction set in the 1970's on Mustique, an island in the Caribbean (and yes it's an actualy real island!) It's written in the points of view of Willy May, a wealthy divorcée who's a former beauty queen and her two daughters Hilly and Joanne. The story starts with Willy May who moved to Mustique Island and is building a home there. The quirky owner of Mustique, Colin Tennant, introduces her to the rich and famous who come to the island to party and do whatever they want withou This is a historical fiction set in the 1970's on Mustique, an island in the Caribbean (and yes it's an actualy real island!) It's written in the points of view of Willy May, a wealthy divorcée who's a former beauty queen and her two daughters Hilly and Joanne. The story starts with Willy May who moved to Mustique Island and is building a home there. The quirky owner of Mustique, Colin Tennant, introduces her to the rich and famous who come to the island to party and do whatever they want without the media constantly being on top of them, which even includes Princess Margaret. When Willy May's daughters arrive on Mustique, with who she had somewhat of a troubled relationship with, the story shifts and starts centering about their bond as mother and daughters. This book ended up as such a pleasant surprise for me. It did take me a couple of chapters to warm up to the characters and really get into the story but it wasn't long until it all had me hooked. I was always very much looking forward to picking up my e-reader again and continuing the story to find out where it would take Willy May, Hilly and Joanne. I felt really invested into their lives and what would happen next, which I hadn't expected when I first started reading. And those are the best kinda stories I think, the unexpected ones. I always enjoy a historical novel that has people who actually existed in it and this book definitely didn't disappoint with that. I already mentioned Princess Margaret and Colin Tennant but there was also even Mick Jagger! It's safe to say that the author handled the fiction mixed with facts perfectly for me. But what I loved most was the relationship Willy May had with her daughters, Hilly and Joanne. It was what really made this story so beautiful and worth it. It all made me emotional even, especially at the end which I absolutely hadn't expected but last pages gave me tears in my eyes. Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy is in one word: splendid. Come for the glamor and stay for the poignant emotions the story invokes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    It’s the time of year where I’m drawn to books that feel like a mini vacation themselves. I want to be swept away to a new location and bonus points if it’s exotic. This one totally fit that for me, I mean just look at that gorgeous cover! Besides a lush and well described setting this explores mother daughter relationships through the eyes of mom Willy May and her daughters, Hilly and Joanne. It’s set in the 70’s and follows all three women as they start a new chapter in their lives and I was w It’s the time of year where I’m drawn to books that feel like a mini vacation themselves. I want to be swept away to a new location and bonus points if it’s exotic. This one totally fit that for me, I mean just look at that gorgeous cover! Besides a lush and well described setting this explores mother daughter relationships through the eyes of mom Willy May and her daughters, Hilly and Joanne. It’s set in the 70’s and follows all three women as they start a new chapter in their lives and I was wholly invested in all of them. There’s lots of glamour and intrigue, ideal for a summer read and one that I had fun with!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    This cover just screams summertime! ❤️ Mustique Island gives you those nostalgic 70’s vibes along with the heat & humidity, floral & fauna and exotic animals of a tropical oasis. ☀️🌊🏝🦜🌺🥂This island truly is out of the lifestyle’s of the rich and famous. The story follows a wealthy divorced Texan Willy Mae and her two daughters as they navigate through their own family drama while living on the island. This is very much a story about family dynamics, mother/daughter relationships; -love, healing This cover just screams summertime! ❤️ Mustique Island gives you those nostalgic 70’s vibes along with the heat & humidity, floral & fauna and exotic animals of a tropical oasis. ☀️🌊🏝🦜🌺🥂This island truly is out of the lifestyle’s of the rich and famous. The story follows a wealthy divorced Texan Willy Mae and her two daughters as they navigate through their own family drama while living on the island. This is very much a story about family dynamics, mother/daughter relationships; -love, healing and moving forward. 3.5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    TITLE: Mustique Island AUTHOR: Sarah McCoy PUB DATE: 05.10.2022 Now Available Glorious Glamorous Gutwrenching McCoy certainly transported me to the lives of the uber wealthy and the gorgeous Mustique Island, in this decadently written historical fiction set in the early 1970’s, where royalty and rockstars escape the public eye. The story is focused on Willy May and her two daughters, Hilly and Joanne - these women are incredibly resilient and their stories and distinct voices is masterfully crafted TITLE: Mustique Island AUTHOR: Sarah McCoy PUB DATE: 05.10.2022 Now Available Glorious Glamorous Gutwrenching McCoy certainly transported me to the lives of the uber wealthy and the gorgeous Mustique Island, in this decadently written historical fiction set in the early 1970’s, where royalty and rockstars escape the public eye. The story is focused on Willy May and her two daughters, Hilly and Joanne - these women are incredibly resilient and their stories and distinct voices is masterfully crafted by McCoy. In a few sittings, I was devoting this novel and honestly I could have read another 100 plus more pages. I just loved the setting, the characters, and all the intrigue. In the core of this luxurious façade is a story about mothers and daughters, family, love, loyalty, and resilience. The writing was easy to get lost in, immersive, rich in historical detail, and had just the right pacing and the plot moved quickly. This is the perfect escape read to take on vacation, read by the beach or pool, or if you just enjoy stories that are well written with character depth and heart. Loved this!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie Petzel

    I was immediately intrigued by this book! It checked off a lot of good boxes - exotic and remote island, rich and prestigious guests, and the promise of scandal and secrets. This book takes place in the 70s for the perfect retro feel. Willy May is a divorced mother of two daughters who wants to start over and she moves to the very exclusive Mustique Island. The island is the host to a range of unique visitors from Mick Jagger to Princess Margaret. Over time, her two daughters join her on the isl I was immediately intrigued by this book! It checked off a lot of good boxes - exotic and remote island, rich and prestigious guests, and the promise of scandal and secrets. This book takes place in the 70s for the perfect retro feel. Willy May is a divorced mother of two daughters who wants to start over and she moves to the very exclusive Mustique Island. The island is the host to a range of unique visitors from Mick Jagger to Princess Margaret. Over time, her two daughters join her on the island and we get a look into family secrets and island scandal. I had a lot of high hopes going into this book and it was a bit of a slow read for me. It was more of a family dynamic theme rather than the spicy island scandal I was hoping for. I loved that the POV changed between Willy May and her daughters - this gave insight into the secrets they were holding onto and the family troubles that ensued. I found myself often hoping for more when I was reading this - more drama, more scandal, more spice. The relationship that grew between a mother and her daughters and then the bond between sisters was good. I also thought the real characters that were integrated into it were interesting and actually, a lot of it was true when I looked up the history after reading. If someone wrote nonfiction about the history of Mustique - that would be a book I would be interested in. Overall, I found this to be a 3-star read for me. Nothing really drew me into the storyline and there wasn't that much scandal on the island. I think with some more drama and a thriller twist that this would have been the perfect summer read. Although, if you want to read a book about the bond of a mother and her daughters that takes place on a remote island in the 70s - give it a shot! Personally, it just didn't have enough to want me to binge read it. For more book reviews, check out my Instagram: www.instagram.com/spellboundbooks_ Want a fun book surprise? Check out my Etsy for Blind Date with a Book, Bookish Apparel, Accessories and more! www.etsy.com/shop/spellboundbooksshop

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I love a fast paced reads and I really love mother -daughter stories. McCoy has give us another good one to devour. You will enjoy this one its a good beach read be sure to pack in your beach bag. 4 stars and I hope you enjoy as much as I did. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Frosty61

    Just an OK read for me. I found myself putting it down, picking it up later in the hopes that it would become more interesting or intriguing. No such luck. At first I was caught up in the island descriptions and the cast of characters who lived there. Then, it just became boring -with celebrity cameos, weird dress-up parties, and very little action. Not for me. Quote: "She wondered if every woman grappled with the gnawing feeling that she could've been a better daughter, a better wife, a better mo Just an OK read for me. I found myself putting it down, picking it up later in the hopes that it would become more interesting or intriguing. No such luck. At first I was caught up in the island descriptions and the cast of characters who lived there. Then, it just became boring -with celebrity cameos, weird dress-up parties, and very little action. Not for me. Quote: "She wondered if every woman grappled with the gnawing feeling that she could've been a better daughter, a better wife, a better mother...just better."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    Sarah McCoy, the author of “Mustique Island has written an intriguing and captivating novel. I would love to pack my bags and travel back in time to this pleasurable and mysterious Caribbean destination, with amazing views of the seascape and seashore to the tropical paradise, where the ” beautiful” and “unique” people would vacation and live. I love the vivid descriptions of the island, plants, trees, and colorful people that Sarah McCoy has provided. The genres for this story are Historical Fic Sarah McCoy, the author of “Mustique Island has written an intriguing and captivating novel. I would love to pack my bags and travel back in time to this pleasurable and mysterious Caribbean destination, with amazing views of the seascape and seashore to the tropical paradise, where the ” beautiful” and “unique” people would vacation and live. I love the vivid descriptions of the island, plants, trees, and colorful people that Sarah McCoy has provided. The genres for this story are Historical Fiction, Mother-Daughter/s Fiction, and Sister Fiction. The timeline for this story is set around 1972 and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. Famous celebrities such as Princess Margaret, Mick Jagger, and others would live and play on Mustique. Colin Tennant went the extra mile to have lavish celebrations that discouraged the press and encouraged privacy. The people who lived on Mustique had homes with special names. Willy May is searching for something and finds Mustique. Recently divorced and widowed, she builds a home and wants to reconnect with her two adult daughters. She feels the background of this island will make a perfect setting for her family. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking and entertaining novel to others!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jodie (Geauxgetlit)

    Prepare to be swept away to the private and exotic Mustique Island in the Caribbean. The story is set in the 70’s, however, the warmth and depth of the writing and storyline this could have been written in multiple eras. A mother’s love will always remain, no matter the circumstances or the age and differences of their children. Tender, tenacious and filled with vivid imagery, this is a must read to take you away this summer.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

    It's 1972 and Willy May Michael is a wealthy divorced woman with the desire to start over, for not only her, but her two grown daughters. She has her sights set on the Caribbean island of Mustique. We aren't talking some boring tropical hideout. This is Mustique - it's exclusive, wealthy, beautiful, lavish, and did I mention private? Some of its residents include Princess Margaret (yes, Queen Elizabeth's rebel sister) and the Jaggers to name a few. The owner of the island is Colin Tennant, a Bri It's 1972 and Willy May Michael is a wealthy divorced woman with the desire to start over, for not only her, but her two grown daughters. She has her sights set on the Caribbean island of Mustique. We aren't talking some boring tropical hideout. This is Mustique - it's exclusive, wealthy, beautiful, lavish, and did I mention private? Some of its residents include Princess Margaret (yes, Queen Elizabeth's rebel sister) and the Jaggers to name a few. The owner of the island is Colin Tennant, a British aristocrat, who desires to turn Mustique from a mosquito infested island full of fishermen to a hideaway for rich people, especially Princess Margaret. He hopes it will become a place where she can truly unwind without being in the spotlight and the residents will be her "court." Willy May, an American, starts building Firefly, a beautiful home on Mustique, but she wants to find some peace here and isn't necessarily interested in socializing constantly. Her focus is on her two daughters: Hilly and Joanne. Both daughters are dealing with their own issues and when they arrive at Mustique, they will find things aren't always one big vacation on the island. There's aristocrats to deal with, never ending dinner parties, rock stars (no, really...Mick Jagger!), problems that won't go away no matter how far you travel, and temptation that will test them. Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy is a great escape to the lifestyles of the rich and famous in the 1970s, but it's also a tender story about the importance of family. Read the rest of my review here: www.confessionsofabookaddict.com/2022...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Miller

    This was an incredible book, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. From the first page, I was completely engrossed in the story, and I never got tired of it. I couldn't stop myself from wanting more! I'll recommend this book to everyone because it was absolutely remarkable and made me feel like I was on a tropical island the entire time. This was an incredible book, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. From the first page, I was completely engrossed in the story, and I never got tired of it. I couldn't stop myself from wanting more! I'll recommend this book to everyone because it was absolutely remarkable and made me feel like I was on a tropical island the entire time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I need to book a trip to Mustique now! I love a good family drama and especially if there’s a beautiful island backdrop, British Royals, celebrities, and a bit of romance. AND it’s loosely based on the life of a woman from Texas! Don’t let this one slip by you…it has all kinds of charm and magic.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dallas Strawn

    Somebody get me a boat; because I need to take a trip to Mustique Island 🌴 Sarah McCoy has already given me the virtual tour in this beautifully written novel where you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin through every single page.... This book will transport you. It's the 70s, there's scandalous celebrities on the island, including extended fictional cameos from Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger, and there's a woman named Willy May Michael who's relationship with her daughters becomes the f Somebody get me a boat; because I need to take a trip to Mustique Island 🌴 Sarah McCoy has already given me the virtual tour in this beautifully written novel where you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin through every single page.... This book will transport you. It's the 70s, there's scandalous celebrities on the island, including extended fictional cameos from Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger, and there's a woman named Willy May Michael who's relationship with her daughters becomes the focal point of the novel, you will love the Michael family, and obsess over their lives and their secrets, and McCoy will keep you endlessly turning those pages until you get to the end and then accidentally buy your plane tickets to go visit Mustique. Because you'll want to go join in the fun too. A tour de force of a novel, with truly a lot of heart and emotion behind all the glitz and glam. 5 ⭐️

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Yee Swope

    Some people, when winter hits, want books set in the cold to snuggle into, books that will suit the outdoor climates. But me, give me a snow day and a tropical book to take me away. Getting to explore a Caribbean escape that actually exists but which I've literally never heard of, one where Willy May Michael literally sails in (I love a sailboat) and puts down roots deep enough to beckon and captivate her daughters who are very different from her and from each other, that's just about the perfec Some people, when winter hits, want books set in the cold to snuggle into, books that will suit the outdoor climates. But me, give me a snow day and a tropical book to take me away. Getting to explore a Caribbean escape that actually exists but which I've literally never heard of, one where Willy May Michael literally sails in (I love a sailboat) and puts down roots deep enough to beckon and captivate her daughters who are very different from her and from each other, that's just about the perfect formula for me. The more I read, the more I highlighted about this family, both the core trio and the extended family you build of the islanders, "all tangled together, in knots, one could argue."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lady By the Lake

    What a glorious book. Sarah McCoy handled Mustique Island’s sensationalist history with class. This book brilliantly portrays the strong women of the 1970s exploring complicated ideas about sexuality with sensitivity. It was wonderful to be carried away to this luscious island and meet some of the real-life eclectic characters (Colin Tennant) without having to actually get in bed with them (pun intended). A smart, excellently executed historical novel that weaves fact and fiction flawlessly. Mos What a glorious book. Sarah McCoy handled Mustique Island’s sensationalist history with class. This book brilliantly portrays the strong women of the 1970s exploring complicated ideas about sexuality with sensitivity. It was wonderful to be carried away to this luscious island and meet some of the real-life eclectic characters (Colin Tennant) without having to actually get in bed with them (pun intended). A smart, excellently executed historical novel that weaves fact and fiction flawlessly. Most definitely recommended for summer reading and book clubs. So much nostalgia to discuss!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Imagine a private island that caters to the rich and famous. That's the charm of Mustique Island. A place where the wealthy can do what they want without the eyes of the world watching. Willie May Michael thinks she has found the perfect place to build a home and settle in to the peaceful atmosphere. There's more to the island though as she finds out. An amazing cast of characters and a beautiful setting make this an excellent read. I definitely recommend it! Imagine a private island that caters to the rich and famous. That's the charm of Mustique Island. A place where the wealthy can do what they want without the eyes of the world watching. Willie May Michael thinks she has found the perfect place to build a home and settle in to the peaceful atmosphere. There's more to the island though as she finds out. An amazing cast of characters and a beautiful setting make this an excellent read. I definitely recommend it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    What seemed like a light and maybe even fluffy novel on an exotic island turned into an unputdownable historical tale filled with wonderful characters and set on a real slice of paradise. The novel will have a broad audience as it takes on many issues. Not to be missed. I loved it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chelsie

    This is a good summer read! The island, the plants, the parties, the water, and the secrets. Willie May is trying to decide the next phase of her life when she gets invited to come to Mustique Island. She has sailed the world, her girls are grown and living their own lives and her ex-husband and parents have passed away- she has nothing and no one to go home to at this point, what is there to lose? Off she heads to the island of the unknown, island of paradise and island of eccentricities. It is This is a good summer read! The island, the plants, the parties, the water, and the secrets. Willie May is trying to decide the next phase of her life when she gets invited to come to Mustique Island. She has sailed the world, her girls are grown and living their own lives and her ex-husband and parents have passed away- she has nothing and no one to go home to at this point, what is there to lose? Off she heads to the island of the unknown, island of paradise and island of eccentricities. It is not quite home but it has its own pull on her and she feels comfortable, no reason yet to leave although she is feeling she is overstaying her welcome when she gets offered a piece of the island to make her own. Willie May soon immerses herself into her little piece of paradise and she has now become one of them. Never having imagined this would be home, it becomes that and more to Willie May and her daughters. As she integrates herself as part of the population, the truth of what this place is starts to show its colors as well as the truth of those who also reside and use this as a getaway place. This novel taking place in the seventies takes us back to when there was no cell phones, and internet and instant posting of information and news. This was when things could often still appear as others wanted them too. Thank you to William Morrow, Wunderkind PR, and the author for the free novel. I really enjoyed reading about this island during that time. Based on true people and places, it is interesting to read about them. This would be a good read for those who are fans of Sister Stardust.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ballard

    Ever dream of living on your own beautiful tropical island? Have you ever heard of Mustique Island with its sun, sparkling sea, glamour, and the scandals? Sarah McCoy had me so intrigued that I had to google to see if Mustique Island was, in fact, a playground for British royalty and stars. And yes, as in the book, Princess Margaret and other stars frequented the island. Willie May, a Texas beauty queen, settles on Mustique Island, looking forward to its isolation and beauty. She also hopes to reb Ever dream of living on your own beautiful tropical island? Have you ever heard of Mustique Island with its sun, sparkling sea, glamour, and the scandals? Sarah McCoy had me so intrigued that I had to google to see if Mustique Island was, in fact, a playground for British royalty and stars. And yes, as in the book, Princess Margaret and other stars frequented the island. Willie May, a Texas beauty queen, settles on Mustique Island, looking forward to its isolation and beauty. She also hopes to rebuild her relationships with her two daughters. Yet life on the sun-soaked island is far from dull, with Princess Margaret's antics, famous stars, and aristocrats dropping in for parties. And, of course, the press is trying to capture them in scandalous moments. The story moves somewhat lazily at first, but when Wilie May's daughters arrive on the island, things pick up, like the impending storm bearing down on the island. I loved that this was set in the 1970s, one of my favorite periods. 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 shimmers with its splendor and lush history and will warm you with the nuances of mother-daughter relationships. Thank you @suzyapprovedbooktours @sarahmmccoy and @williammorrowbooks for a spot on tour and a gifted copy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This book was good but not great, for me, and a little slow moving. I enjoyed that the story was told from the POV of the 3 main characters, mother Willy May, and two grown daughters, Hilly and Joanne. I enjoyed that the story was set in the 70s and it had a retro vibe. I will try another book by this author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    PastaPatrick

    This got me in the summer mood over a sickly Memorial Day weekend. I can’t wait for it to be an HBO miniseries and for the true glamour of Mustique Island to be explored. I loved the dripping elegance of the scenery here, every set I want to walk through and stay at. The family dynamic is so beautifully portrayed and you’re able to see each characters clear - even if flawed - viewpoint. Nicole Kidman as Willy May…thoughts?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cayla

    Closer to 2.5/5, but rounded up for the setting and historical tie-in.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Denise Westlake

    Wow- I never expected the Christian Faith element. And I loved this family story. Even tho Colin is an idiot!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Fictitious story is loosely based on a real-life Texan woman named Billy Ray Mitchell. Willy May Michaels, a beauty queen, meets and marries a wealthy Brit and heads to England in 1943 at age 16. Soon after the couple has 2 daughters, but her husband is unfaithful and they divorce. After receiving her settlement, he dies, and she sails the world. Eventually, a friend asks her to come to Mustique Island, the playground of the rich and famous. In the 70s, Willy May tries to reconnect with her grow Fictitious story is loosely based on a real-life Texan woman named Billy Ray Mitchell. Willy May Michaels, a beauty queen, meets and marries a wealthy Brit and heads to England in 1943 at age 16. Soon after the couple has 2 daughters, but her husband is unfaithful and they divorce. After receiving her settlement, he dies, and she sails the world. Eventually, a friend asks her to come to Mustique Island, the playground of the rich and famous. In the 70s, Willy May tries to reconnect with her grown daughters, Hilly and Joanne. Hilly is wilder than Joanne, takes drugs, becomes pregnant. Joanne is more reserved, musical, and falls in love with Tim, who she met when Mick Jagger came to the island. This story follows these 3 women through their loves, their mistakes, their commitment and dedication to each other - once lost, but found again. This book is getting a lot of hype.

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