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Sanctuary Island

(Sanctuary Island #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  531 ratings  ·  87 reviews

Lily Everett

When Ella's sister decides to reunite with their estranged mother, Ella goes along for the ride—it's always been the two Preston girls against the world. But Sanctuary Island, a tiny refuge for wild horses tucked off the Atlantic coast, is more inviting than she ever imagined. And it holds more than one last opportunity to repair their broken f
Paperback, 334 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was a nice engaging read with a great cast of characters, two daughters whose childhood was unhappy because of an alcoholic mother. 15 years later, they are about to meet their mother again who is sober and has been aching to make amends. The elder daughter isn't interested and is only there to support her pregnant sister in her quest to reconnect with her mother. Then we have the hero, a wounded warrior who feels over protective over the heroine's mother. I liked this but I have t
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Maybe I’m a sucker for a cover with horses on it, but when I received this book for review, even though I had heard it’s more on the women’s fic side, I still wanted to read it. And yes there are wild horses, and a sexy handyman and a heroine who is looking to reunite with her mother. There was a really nice combination of drama, small town life, romance and humor.

When Ella and Merry were young girls, their father divorced their alcoholic mother and decided to raise them on his own. Now as adult
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There is a lot to love about this compassionate novel concerning a scarred protector of wild horses who falls in love with the city slicker who is determined to commercialize his quiet oasis. Can they both get what they want and heal their injured hearts in the process? Recommended Read!

Having grown up surrounded by horses, dreaming of them in the wild ever since reading MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE by Marguerite Henry as a child, it's easy to unde
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this romance novel set on an island off the Atlantic coast. I loved the horses in the story, and the way the sisters got back in touch with their mother again. It was a nice HEA to read.
Jo (My House of Books)
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I will admit, I was skeptical. I don't typically go for women's fiction books, mainly because I end up crying. When I found out Lily Everett was also Louisa Edwards, whose romances I have more often than not enjoyed, I was willing to take the chance.

And I'm so glad I did.

The world of Sanctuary Island that's presented in this book doesn't really lend itself well to the novellas which Ms. Everette previously released. Sanctuary Island is lush and rich in characters and heritage, and while, yes, a
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great beginning to a series.
Vikki Vaught
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I just could not like the heroine. The hero was likable, and this one does have a good ending. Happy reading/listening!
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked this one a lot. The heroine is coming to the island only because her pregnant little sister wants to reconcile with their estranged mother. The heroine wants nothing of it, but she won't let sis go alone. And before they reach Mom's house, they encounter a good-looking man who warns them off from hurting Mom. Of course he turns out to be the hero. There's a lot of angst, handled well, though some of it feels a tad unfinished. It's a good story.

I did wonder a bit at some of the setting in
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Along with her Billionaire Brothers novellas, this book has already placed Lily Everett as a must read author for me. I enjoyed this book tremendously and found the main characters, Ella and Grady, to be very appealing. I enjoyed watching these two develop a relationship that seemed unlikely in the beginning. I loved Sanctuary Island and its residents.
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, audio-book, romance
This one wasn't bad, pretty predictable from the start, from the mommy issues to how one of the couple would feel betrayed and blow up without knowing the full story. What kept me listening was I really liked the idea of an island that seems to heal everyone. ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! What a beautiful story!
Connie N.
#1 in the Sanctuary Island romance series

I'd rate this 4.5 stars if I could, but I'll round it down because it just didn't quite make the grade for a 5-star read. I think it was partially the narration. Julia Gibson is a new-to-me narrator and she read clearly and well, but her voicing was just a bit Valley-Girl annoying, although her male voices were OK. The other bit of a negative for me was the main character, Ella. I just couldn't make up my mind about her. She would totally micro-manage her
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Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ella has been to enough therapy over the years that seeing her mother after 15 years doesn't affect her that much. Well, so she says. When her pregnant younger sister decides that she wants to reunite with their absentee mother Ella knows she can't say no but her own feelings about the reunion are extremely muddled. Especially when sexy handyman Grady seems to appear whenever she turns around. Grady doesn't want to be attracted to Ella when he knows she's not destined to stay on Sanctuary Island ...more
Marika Chunyk
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Merry and Ella have not seen their mother for 15 years. Now she wants to reunite with them, but lives on an island that is hard to even travel to. Will they fall in love with the island and the men that live on the island? They are also trying to find out how to save the house that their mother is about to lose, but should they even call her mom? A great love story with wild horses that capture your heart.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swoon worthy story!

This is the first I have read Lily Everett and I already have two more of hers waiting for me after reading this book! Beautiful descriptions make me feel as if I were in the little island myself and you can't help but fall in love with Grady and Ella with their struggle to overcome themselves. I can't wait to dive right into the next story!
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely Story

Great character's and storyline. Love the horses and the thought of the island. Reminds me of Mackinac Island in Michigan. Read one of these books there!
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was very interesting reading!
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I admit I was a little apprehensive when one of my favorite authors who wrote one of my favorite books ever (Just One Taste, which is still filled with sticky notes), decided to veer off in a different direction in her writing, but I needn't have worried. Sanctuary Island by Lily Everett, aka Louisa Edwards, is full of sticky notes, too.

Ella Preston and her exuberant younger sister, Merry, set off for Sanctuary Island, an isolated refuge for wild horses. After a 15-year estrangement, they've agr
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Louisa Edwards’s Recipe for Love books, and even after reading the billionaire Harrington brothers novellas that served to introduce Sanctuary Island to readers, I wasn’t sure why Louisa Edwards was now writing as Lily Everett. Sure, there was a major change in setting, but she was still writing contemporary romance. Her stories were still a mix of humor, hurt, and heat. I understood better after reading Sanctuary Island, which has the definite feel of a romance/ women’s fiction hybrid ...more
Viviane Crystal
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ellie and Merry Preston are on their way from Washington, D.C. to Sanctuary Island at the request of their mother, Jo Ellen, who has not seen them in years because of her former alcoholic status. While she has begged for contact over that very long time, it is only now after years of therapy that Ellie agrees to take Merry to meet their mother. Ellie insists she expects nothing and is only there to make sure Merry doesn’t get hurt, especially as Merry is very pregnant and not known for her wise ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it

I went into this book thinking it would be like every other book you read from the grocery store (it's got one of those covers that screams front register pick) but was in for a pleasant awakening.

I am HUGE on human interactions and connections; this book had just that. Ella and her sister, Merry, go visit their estranged mother in Sanctuary Island after much begging in order to mend their mother-daughters relationship. Ella struggles with accepting her mom for who she is and for trying to overc
Under the Covers Book Blog

I am really glad this series got a cover makeover this month because I had passed it several times without reading it. Also, this year I realized that Lily Everett is a pen name of Louisa Edwards (whom I've read and enjoyed in the past) so I was excited to see what her Sanctuary Island was all about.

This was maybe a bit more subdued than I was expecting, but definitely a book that leaves you happy after reading it because of the human connections. Ella and her sister go visit their estranged

Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

I am really glad this series got a cover makeover this month because I had passed it several times without reading it. Also, this year I realized that Lily Everett is a pen name of Louisa Edwards (whom I’ve read and enjoyed in the past) so I was excited to see what her Sanctuary Island was all about.

This was maybe a bit more subdued than I was expecting, but definitely a book that leaves you happy after reading it because of the human connections. Ella and her sister go visit their
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***4.5 out of 5 stars***

I was approved for a review copy from NetGalley thanks to the publisher. I'd read the 3 novellas that introduced us to Sanctuary Island and was really excited to read the first full length book in the series.

I really enjoyed this story a great deal. I could feel Ella's pain when it came to her mother, yet understood her coming to the island because she loves her younger sister Merry so very much. I love that Grady is the one to finally help Ella open her heart. While Ell
The Window Seat
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
To the right audience, Sanctuary Island will be a perfect blend of romance and woman’s fiction; a story that follows all the emotional highs and lows that can come from forgiveness, self-discovery and love. All of the main and secondary characters are searching for that "something" that will push them from the comfortable existence they live into one with more challenges but perhaps more rewards. For the right kind of reader, Sanctuary Island will probably be a keeper… Unfortunately I am too muc ...more
Mary Gramlich
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Go ahead and jump in the water, dipping your toe in will never be enough

Ella has spent so many years of her life trying to fill the hole her mother created by choosing her addiction over her children. The last place Ella wants to be is back in the home she and her sister left when their father took them to DC to wash the stench of that existence off them. However, her sister Molly insists on reconnecting with their mother and Ella has always been the best of older sisters and taking care of Moll
Julie Barrett
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sanctuary Island by Lily Everett
The two sisters showed up on the island and they were initially made to feel foreign.
As the days go by they become familiar with island life. Merry is there to child her unborn child with her birth mother. Ella Preston is there for support.
She sells real estate in the DC area and can imagine a B&B where her mothers house is and along with that the stables would bring in a good profit.
Grady Wilkes takes care of the wild horse preserve and just loves island life. He
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, fiction, romance
I've been craving some lighter reads for these long, hot days of summer. This is the time of year that I look for comfort reads and I definitely found a good one in "Sanctuary Island." The island in the book sounds like someplace that I would love to go for vacation and its denizens sound like people that I would love to get to know. The island just seems like a very peaceful place where you could cure all of your ills with ease.

You all know by now that I love stories about families and I love s
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