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One Woman's Island

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Running away from Canada, Mariana hopes to forget a failed marriage and the death of her husband by embarking on a whole new life. She moves lock, stock, and two cats to the small Caribbean island of Bequia. But the move brings more than she could have imagined. New friends ask her to help solve a recent murder in the expat community. And then there’s the problem of her ...more
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Published October 21st 2016 by IslandCatEditions
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Seumas Gallacher
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
...a mirror on a quintessential Caribbean island...

...there's something mystical and attractive about island life... as a young man, I lived and worked in a small island in the Scottish Hebrides... I have also been an expatriate in several jurisdictions around the world... comes now a novel from Susan Toy incorporating both of these elements - an island and an expat community... and she has captured me immediately... the visiting heroine is Mariana from 'away'... and no matter how long she would
Bob Laerhoven
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received "One Woman's Island," part of a collection of e-books as a New Year's gift from a nice lady-friend, who is aware of my Wanderlust and my partiality for cross-over genre novels. First, the setting captured my attention. I had never heard of the Caribbean island, Bequia. Having traveled extensively in my younger years, I noticed with pleasure that the exotic background of Susan Toy's tale is not sugar-coated, but deftly rendered with a keen eye for the daily lives of the locals in this ...more
J.P. McLean
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Recipe for Crime in the Caribbean

I’m a fan of Toy’s writing so was delighted to get her new book, One Woman’s Island. It tells the story of Mariana, a newly widowed Canadian seeking solace and a fresh start on Bequia, a small island in the Caribbean. What she finds instead is a murder, a down-trodden young family, and a culture that tests her idea of family, tolerance and altruism.

Toy creates complex and flawed characters who keep your attention as they move the story forward. She brings
Darlene Foster
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a most enjoyable read. The descriptions of the island and the folks who reside there drew me in immediately. Mariana, a Canadian woman who needs a fresh start, returns to the island of Bequia where she had once visited with her now deceased husband. But living somewhere is quite different from vacationing there, as she soon learns. The story is sprinkled with captivating characters that show their true colours soon enough. As an expat Canadian, I found myself nodding my head often as I ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another thoughtful book from Susan Toy, set in the Caribbean island of Bequia.

This is perfect weekend reading when you have the time to just enjoy the read and let your imagination go.

There are lots of themes here, primarily the clash of cultures between new expats, and locals and experienced expats. Life, and people are never what they seem. Add in a few murders, rape, theft, incompetent/disinterested police, the nightmare guest from hell, interesting characters, all in a (mostly) beautiful
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A few years ago I read Susan Toy's book Island in the Clouds, and I really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to reading this second book set in Bequia, an island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. I enjoyed the recipes that are included at the end of each chapter, and the authors that the character liked to read.
J.F. Kaufmann
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
One Fine Book

Like her Island in the Clouds, Susan Toy’s second Bequia Perspective novel is a complex story. On the surface, it’s a crime novel. Mariana, a Canadian woman in her forties, arrives on the island of Bequia running away from the ghosts of her past. Her new friends – a small community of expatriates—ask her to help them to solve a murder. In the orderly, organised world that Mariana’s coming from, meddling in the police investigation would be impossible, but rules are different on
Betty Hegerat
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
One woman's escape to the beautiful island of Bequia, strong sensory detail in the setting, a motley crew of characters both visitor ex-pats and locals, and murder.
Sit back and enjoy this bit of paradise in the Caribbean, all the while wondering why you have this sense of foreboding. A good writer who knows this place, these people, and weaves a compelling plot.
Allan Hudson
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Susan Toy never lets us down when it comes to storytelling. This is a highly enjoyable read. You might want to put aside or cancel any other chores or tasks when you start reading this's that good!
Tricia Drammeh
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recently widowed, Mariana escapes to Bequia for a much-needed retreat. Almost immediately, she is swept up into the lives and dramas of those around her—locals and expatriates. Mysteries abound, from the theft of her personal belongings to the unexplained, sudden deaths of expatriates. Fascinated by her neighbors, she vows to help them, but will this prove to be more of a challenge than she expected?
One Woman’s Island provides a candid look into the small island of Bequia. Mariana and the
Cheryl Schenk
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
One Woman’s Island speaks not only to the seclusion of island life, but the woman herself. Mariana is running toward, as well as running away from her past. What awaits her on the island of Bequia is everything and nothing that she expected.

The music, smells, and colours of the island make me envious of Mariana’s courage in picking up and moving from one environment to something completely different, but that same determined attitude doesn’t always serve her well in her new habitat.

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I have been a bookseller, an award-winning publishing sales representative, a literacy teacher, and a promoter of fellow authors and their books through my company, Alberta Books Canada. I have written and published one novel (print and eBook) and a novella (eBook) and I am a publisher, under my imprints, IslandCatEditions and IslandShorts. Through Alberta Books Canada, I represented authors ...more