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Island on Fire

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  22 reviews
"A memorable romantic thriller. Schiller nicely balances history and fiction.” -Publishers Weekly
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 shadow
Paperback, 270 pages
Published March 15th 2018 by Sophie Schiller
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Montzalee Wittmann
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Island on Fire by Sophie Schiller is a Kindle Scout book I got for picking it as a winner. It really is not the genre I normally read but it looked like a winner so...I was very surprised and happy that I actually enjoyed it. It is a historical fiction so that helped.
It is about a gal and a cheating low life boyfriend. The gal goes to a voodoo priestess, well why not? Right? First thing I think of when I have a cheating boyfriend..voodoo priestess under the yellow pages. I would think she would
In Island on Fire the author creates a picture of a society where, much like the volcano, a lot is going on underneath the surface, whether that is commercial and political machinations or continued belief in voodoo practices in an age of modern science and rationality.

Despite evidence to the contrary, those in authority choose to believe that there is no threat from the volcano, having more regard to the consequences of panic by the population than the possible risk to life and property. This w
Leonide Martin
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
In 1902 the island Martinique, a French protectorate in the Caribbean was devastated by an eruption of Mt. Pelée, scorching its largest city Saint-Pierre and killing 30,000 people. The story is set during the two weeks leading up to the volcano's main eruption on May 8. Several themes begin to play out: Emilie, beautiful daughter of a struggling cocoa planter ardently desires to end her engagement to wealthy but despicable sugar plantation owner Lucien, she seeks aid from a notorious voodoo doct ...more
Michael Ross
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves good historical romance
Recommended to Michael by: Seen in Historical Novel Society
The thriller tale of Emile, the naive young plantation woman, caught in the trap of an arranged marriage she thought she wanted, keeps you wondering right to the end - does she make it? Sophie Schiller builds the suspense and keeps you guessing. Historical fiction often has to combat the fact that historically, we know in a broad sense how the story ends - the eruption of Mt. Pelee in Martinique destroys the town, and practically everyone with it. Schiller structures it so that you are rooting f ...more
Darlene Foster
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting piece of fiction based on the eruption of Mount Pelée on the exotic island of Martinique in 1902. The lives of the two main characters are skillfully interwoven in the events leading up to the horrors of the eruption. Emilie Dujon, a feisty plantation owner's daughter, realizes her engagement to another plantation owner is a mistake, as he is not the man she thought he was. Lt. Denis Rémy, a dedicated soldier, is trying to distance himself from a dubious past. The story, with a good ...more
E Kelly
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastically gripping tale of love, loss, bravery, and redemption. Mixed in with some voodoo, assholery, and greed. Island on fire by Sophie Schiller, is a must-read book, by all accounts
Robert Ullrich
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Historical Thriller

The author does a magnificent job of weaving facts with fictional characters to tell the true story of the eruption of Mount Pelee at the turn of the century. Sophie Schiller weaves visual impressions with her prose that are among the best I've ever read. I can see, smell and taste the story as it unfolds. There are no questions in my mind as to why this novel was chosen by Amazon Press for publication, it also gives me quality insight as to why my novel, Evolution of a Killer
Kim Owens
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

I have to admit that when I began reading this book, I did not think I would enjoy it. I found it a bit slow to start and it was difficult to follow along. I wasn’t sure where the storyline was going, or even what the point of the story was. I am so glad that I pressed on and kept reading. What I found was that I could not stop turning pages.
Island on Fire takes place in Saint-Pierre, Martinique, at the foot of the “extinct” volcanoes, Mount Pelee. Emilie Dujour is the daughter of a plantation
Andrea Guy
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Island On Fire is a little different from the type of historical that I usually read, mostly because of the setting, but there was something about this book that really grabbed my attention

Volcanoes, Voodoo and cheating fiances give this book a little something, something.

The setting is Martinique in 1902 and the story figures around the eruption of the volcano that devastated that island with 30,000 people dying as a result. The geologists at the time believe that volcano to be extinct. Hmm won
Following up on 2015's Race to Tibet, Sophie Schiller has produced another well-crafted and thoroughly researched historical adventure, this time shifting the action from the frozen Himalaya to tropical Martinique. As with Tibet, she brings to vivid life another actual historical event with which I was totally unfamiliar - I can't wait now to see where she goes next!

The book is especially effective in it's scenes covering the volcano itself - the early hike up the Mount Pelée and startling disco
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
- I received this book free though Xpresso Book Tours.

Oh man, where to even begin? This books was at times exciting, at times suspenseful, and also aggravating. (I mean government can be aggravating anyway, but a government who refuses to see the impending doom of a volcano in full eruption is a special kind of aggravation. I managed to keep from throwing my Kindle across the room, even if I did want to try to shake some sense into a few government officials in the book.)

I was completely unfamil
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story ended up not being quite what I had expected, but was actually packed with a lot more amazing story telling than I was prepared for. When I first got wind of this book, I was expecting a classic historical romance novel but what I got was way more thrilling and exciting!

Imagine living on a tropical island, plantations abound with workers, gorgeous fruit and crops growing all around you. Emilie is a young woman living in this paradise and her family has owned their plantation for gener
Karen Siddall
Island on Fire is an historical reimagining that is both fascinating and suspenseful!

ISLAND ON FIRE is a historical fiction novel based on the 1902 eruption of Martinique’s Mount Pelée, the most deadly volcanic eruption of the 20th century. The heat, ash, and flying debris destroyed the port city of Saint-Pierre and took the lives of approximately 30,000 individuals in only minutes. The story is a fascinating reimagining that is both suspenseful and absorbing. The romantic side plot of Emilie, L

Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Definitely my favorite book this year! I LOVED this novel. Filled with suspense and danger, set on a beautiful, exotic island with a cast of characters that I loved (or hated) this book has everything in it that I enjoy most in my chosen reading selections.

Emilie is a strong character engaged to an unscrupulous, greedy man. She discovers his unsavory character and decides that somehow she must find a way out of the arranged travesty. Her parents are appalled and their plantation may be lost. Mea
Jennifer Macaire
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I grew up in the Caribbean, so much of this was like visiting home. The author describes the heat, the island, the vegetation and the people so well, you think you are there! Emily is a likeable character. As the book opens, she learns, to her great dismay, that her fiancé is unfaithful. In those times, men can do as they like, and Emily has no way to break off her engagement. If she does, she will be ruined in the eyes of society, and her family will suffer. Her family has suffered enough - her ...more
Kri Wood
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Im not sure how I find time to read lately with everything going on but Anyway, I loved the book, check it out. Really, I did enjoy the thrill of what it would be like faced with the threats going on...the book was excellent with drama building steadily with assorted interesting characters and author Sophie Schiller makes the reader want to sit down next to some of these endearing characters. Not to mention the desire to beat a few annoying ones over the head.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
In 1902 Mount Pelée a volcano erupted causing the death of thousands of people. Island on Fire is based on Mount Pelée’s eruption. In Island of Fire the volcano is spewing up black smoke and boiling water leaving the town covered in a thick layer of ash.

The governor has been informed of Mount Pelée’s possible eruption and that the town needs to be evacuated but the governor is worried about the upcoming election and losing so he orders everyone to keep quiet about the volcano. No one is to be e
Kimberly Love
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

A historical romance that has a background focused on the rumbling Mount Pelée and whether it’s about to erupt. The story set in 1902 during a time when women were expected to do as they were told. We get to meet Emile Dujon who is not only sassy but she knows what she wants and Lt. Denis Rémy who has a sketchy past. There is everything from voodoo to politics to have you intrigued the entire time.
From an adventurous Historical Fiction point of view this story of Mt. Pelee erupting is entertaining. The only thing which spoils the story is how annoying the lead lady behaves and the way the author sneezed out a romance between the lead lady and the military personnel.
Larry Launstein
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Schiller's best effort yet, and her two previous offerings were also excellent. What sets this book apart is that Schiller cuts to the chase. As the background event unfolds, so does the story. It ties in together beautifully. ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loooooved it!!!

Great book; kept my interest the entire book. The author kept very true to the real story of Mt. Pelée! The stir of Emilie & Remy was very sweet. Always love second chances!!!!
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Island on Fire is a fascinating story. It is a perfect combination of love, action, horror, survival, suspense and history. With the eruption of the volcano, I had to find out what would happen next with the main characters. I stayed on the edge of my seat until the end. Even though the book is based on actual events, I had no way of predicting what would transpire on the following pages. I had to keep reading on until I was completely finished with the book.
I am going to give Island on Fire fou
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Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She is a novelist and a poet. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews has called her "an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer." Publishers Weekly called her novel, ISLAND ON FIRE, "a memorable romantic thriller", her novel RACE TO TIBET, “a thrill ...more

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