About the Book
In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, Emilie Dujon discovers that her fiancé, a rich sugar planter, has been unfaithful. Desperate to leave him, she elicits the aid of a voodoo witch doctor and is lured into a shadowy world of black magic and extortion. When the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew ash, she joins a scientific committee sent to investigate the crater. During the journey she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer with a mysterious past.
At the summit, the explorers discover that a second crater has formed and the volcano appears to be on the verge of eruption. But when they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the pressure builds, a deadly mudslide inundates Emilie’s plantation and she disappears. With ash and cinders raining down, chaos ensues. Left with no choice, Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can they escape the doomed city of St. Pierre before it’s too late?
Read an Excerpt
Emilie flushed with excitement. She placed her hand in Lt. Remy’s and they began to dance, absorbing the rhythm with their feet, legs, and hips. Colors blended into one, and song and laughter rang in their ears, the music almost lifting them off their feet. Remy did his best to follow the steps, which were faster and more free-flowing than what he was used to, while Emilie sang along in the local patois. As they twirled across the dance floor, the rum coursed through their veins, making their steps lighter, their laughter merrier, their closeness more apparent.
All at once they stopped dancing. Rémy pulled her close and kissed her. Emilie melted into his embrace, caressing his head and neck, forgetting all her problems and worries. It was only until this moment that she realized how much she had longed for him.
“You are lovely,” he said, caressing her face. “But I suppose many men have told you that.”
“You are the first,” she said. “The first man I’ve ever loved.”
He stared in her eyes and said nothing. She laid her head against his chest, and they continued dancing until the early-morning hours. Then, when all was quiet, they headed out into the night, the laughter and music still ringing in their ears.
Island on Fire is a well-written, historically accurate look at the island and the people of Martinique during their most vulnerable time in history.
I enjoyed the picture author Sophie Schiller painted of the lush scenery, the danger of the volcano, and the peek into the art of voodoo. I would have liked a bit more character development between Emilie and Remy, although the lack of genuine chemistry between the two did not detract from the engaging historical aspects of the story itself.
If you enjoy a book filled with enticing scenery and historical significance, with a hint of romance, I believe you will by happy with this book.
About the Author
Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews called her “an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”. Her latest novel is Island on Fire, a thriller about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century, the Pompeii of the Caribbean. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY
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This is a four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like.
July 31: The Avid Reader
July 31: The Tired Buyer
July 31: My Reading Journeys
August 7: Sharing Links and Wisdom
August 7: Locks, Hooks and Books
August 7: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 14: Let me tell you a story
August 14: Kimmi Love
August 14: A Chick Who Reads
August 21: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
August 21: Bookaholic
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