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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  5,119 ratings  ·  631 reviews
J. Courtney Sullivan’s Maine meets the works of Elin Hilderbrand in this delicious summer read involving three strangers, one island, and a season packed with unexpected romance, well-meaning lies, and damaging secrets.

Anthony Puckett was a rising literary star. The son of an uber-famous thriller writer, Anthony’s debut novel spent two years on the bestseller list and won
ebook, 416 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by William Morrow
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Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great summer story in The Islanders, which features year-round bakery owner Joy, who’s struggling to keep her bakery business afloat with new rent demands and competition; Lu, an exhausted stay-at-home mom whose doctor husband Jeremy is always at the hospital; and mystery man Anthony, who made a terrible mistake and came to Block Island to hide out while he determines his next move. Over the summer their lives become intertwined in different ways and this is where the story lies.

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The moment that I realized The Islanders was set on Block Island, I knew that I wanted to read it. Block Island is a magical place so different from other New England islands because of its history and its remoteness to the mainland. After reading The Islanders, I know I made the right choice. The book is brilliant.

Three strangers come together over a summer spent on Block Island: Anthony, a writer whose first book was a huge success but who is struggling with his second attempt; Joy, who runs
Dale Harcombe
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book opens in August with a death before going back to June and events leading up to that event. There the reader is introduced t Anthony Puckett a writer on his way to Block Island,. His first novel had been a resounding success winning him acclaim but now he is off to Block Island pretty much to hide out until the storm that has surrounded his latest literary fiasco has subsided a little. He hope to get back to the person he was. Joy Sousa, mother of thirteen year old Maggie, is one of the ...more
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Some books touted as beach reads mislead with the cover and title but not The Islanders, it's everything that I hoped it would be and I loved it! This was a total beach read with substance. ⠀⠀
We meet the 3 main characters, Lu, Joy and Anthony who each have secrets and who each find comfort (for different reasons) on Block Island. The short chapters alternate between each character which often, for me, can be an issue but the way the author developed each of these characters, I felt l
3.5 stars! A great summer beach read! It just misses that other .5 star due to dragging in some places.

"It was funny how you could think you were leaving your past behind when part of it always traveled right along with you. A stowaway."

"Finally he understood what all the fuss was about regarding dogs. They asked for almost nothing, and when you gave them even the little that they asked for, they looked at you with such adoring eyes that you felt loved as you'd never felt love before. You go
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
“The Islanders” by Meg Mitchell Moore is perfect summer chick-lit entertainment. Not much brain power needed to read this one. It’s an escape with some interesting ideas and plots.

The story begins with a prologue with a death that brought unbidden raw tears from a man. This is in August and the reader knows a person is dead and a man is forlorn.

The story begins in June and is character driven. Anthony begins the story and we learn that he is a disgraced author, kicked out of his home by his wife
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy Elin Hilderbrand and her novels set on Nantucket, you'll enjoy this light "beach read" with well-developed characters from Meg Mitchell Moore. It's set on Block Island during the summer season. The three main characters are:

1. Anthony, a summer renter, whose first novel was a blockbuster but he has been disgraced by plagiarizing in his second novel. His father is a famous author and is angry with his son for what he did.

2. Lu, a summer renter, is an unhappy stay-at-home mom who feel
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading an advance copy of Meg Mitchell Moore’s new book Two Truths and a Lie (which comes out on June 16, 2020) I went back and finally read The Islanders albeit a year late. Well, better late than never.

This enjoyable book is set on Block Island, Rhode Island, a lovely and peaceful oasis everyone should visit. Three people’s lives intersect over the course of a summer. Disgraced writer Anthony is trying to escape; Joy, the local bakery owner, is a single mother trying to cope with a daug
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
The setting sounds beautiful. I have not been to Block Island, but now I want to go there. I also liked the food in this story. I have not had a Whoopie Pie, but I want to have one. The story is slow, and it is character driven, but I did not like the characters. None of the main characters were likeable. They all made too many poor decisions.
First: thank you to Goodreads giveaways for this book.

Three strangers meet on Block Island one summer and have profound effects on each other’s lives. Joy is a single mom to 13 year old Maggie and owns a Whoopie Pie bakery; Lu and her two young boys are spending the summer on the island while her husband is completing his medical residency, and longs for a more fulfilling life; Anthony is a talented writer trying to escape the ignominy of a disastrous second book and a failing marriage. Circumst
Carla Johnson-Hicks
If you enjoy stories about friendship that take place on islands or resort type communities, then you will enjoy this one. I really enjoyed this book, especially reading it out in the sun by the pool. Block Island is a wonderful setting for a book that explores friendships and relationships. Anthony, Joy, and Lu are well-developed characters who will work their way into the hearts of readers and each other.

We meet the 3 main characters, Lu, Joy and Anthony on Block Island. They each have a secr
Kathryn in FL
If this were summer, I would tell you to pack this in your beach bag. This is a somewhat predictable light-hearted tale of three people in their thirties dealing with various life crises. Each of the three key figures narrates his or her story within a chapter, which typically incorporates interaction with one of the other narrators as well. Each has a secret that is deeply troubling them. Of course, there is a romance as well as a marriage at the cross roads impacted by their secret.

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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Here's your Labor Day weekend last days of summer beach read. It is told in rotating POVs from three people on Block Island, RI. I didn't feel like the author needed to keep us readers in suspense about one character's secret as it really isn't a thriller or anything, but I liked the peek into life on this isolated island, even more interesting since I've only been there in the off season. I do love my cold weather islands!

I had a copy from the publisher through Edelweiss. It came out June 11, 2
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a nice easy breezy summer read !! If you are a fan of Elin Hildebrand’s novels, I can pretty much guarantee you would enjoy this book as well !! I immediately became invested in all three characters and how their lives intertwined with each other, making this a terrific story !!

4.5 Stars !!!
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) THE ISLANDERS is set over the course of one summer on Block Island, RI and has three main eventuallly-intersecting characters/story arcs. As I have come to depend on this author for, it has depth and gorgeous language - add in the literary-world intrigue, the BAKERY, the blogging world and all of the parenting and marriage gems, and I couldn’t put it down.
Highly recommended for anyone who loves their beach reads a little heftier in both size and language - I loved this one!
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
How do you describe the perfect beach read? Does it involve romance or a love story? Are their secrets and lies? A gorgeous beach setting of cool ocean breezes and hot drama? How about all of the above?!

The Islanders follows three total strangers on Block Island, a tiny sleepy beach haven off the east coast, and in the three short months of the summer season, we find their lives intertwined in the most dramatic and delicious of ways - just as a perfect beach read should be.

Anthony has come to th
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I flew through this one quickly. Great story to close out the last weekend of summer.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Islanders
Meg Mitchell Moore

What it's all about...

Life on Block Island! How wondrous can that be? However most of the characters in this book are either miserable, hiding or semi miserable! This makes for a yummy summer beach book.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Anthony is hiding from a scandal...not even revealing his real name to people. Lu is hiding something else...from her husband and the entire blogging world. Joy...well...she is trying to keep her business, maintain a relation
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it
After this post I’m officially all caught up with book reviews! Phew 😅. I hate when I get that far behind. ⁣

The Islanders is written by Meg Mitchell Moore. This is my first book by this author. The Islanders is very reminiscent of Elin Hilderbrand’s work and takes place on Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island. We follow the lives of three families during one summer. Each family has their own secrets and struggles that will eventually connect.⁣


So this is a book that had my fee
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’m joining the chorus of others that are saying: The Islanders is a great beach read, a great pool read, a great summer read, a great everything read. I enjoyed each of these characters right away when I met them and only grew to love them more as the story progressed. I could totally see some of myself in each of them, even when they were doing stupid things. This ended up being one of my favorite kind of stories: where there are several different, quirky, unrelated characters that eventu
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Anthony Puckett had it all. A wife, a son, and a successful writing career despite the fact that his father, an even more successful writer, never really supported or encouraged him. Anthony was trying to write his second novel, but buckled under the pressure. What if it isn't as good as his first? Can he meet the rigorous deadlines? He ended making a very poor decision and one that ultimately ended his career. Then his wife separates from him and takes his son. Anthony needs some time to get hi ...more
Three main characters with their pov rotating seamlessly. I enjoyed this story of the ashamed writer with no money escaping to Block Island, eventually meeting up with Joy from a local bake shop and Lu a next door neighbour with a bent for cooking too. There are some secrets and characters make discoveries about themselves and others. The island setting is perfect, its a slow gentle book but it kept me engaged and then sorry to say good-bye.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings about this one. But I definitely want/need a whoopie pie now.😜
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Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Review was originally posted here via Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for participating in the blog tour/my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Another summer day, another engrossing summery read. The Islanders delivers in every way and Meg Mitchell Moore is officially on my radar. This is more than just an airy, light, perfect for summer read. Meg Mitchell Moore devotes time to deve
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zach by: Elin Hilderbrand
I think one of the most important aspects of a story is transporting the readers to where it takes place. Meg Mitchell Moore does a wonderful job doing this in The Islanders. What she does for Block Island is what Elin Hilderbrand has done with Nantucket for years now. It’s because of this, along with the seemless way that the author intertwines the lives of the three main characters, that the summer and the story flies by. Block Island sounds like a great place to visit, much like Nantucket and ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Those who can't, review."

Just one of the many quotes that made me laugh in The Islanders! This book was the perfect read for me right now. I'm on a hiatus from thrillers for a week or so and trying to read some low key, summer books, and The Islanders checked that box for me.

My favorite summer read author, Elin Hilderbrand, recommended this one, and I can see why. The book takes place on Block Island in Rhode Island, and while I thought the island was well-described, I still didn't think Moor
Jamie Rosenblit
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars!

Meg Mitchell Moore's The Captain's Daughter made my top 10 of 2017 list, so needless to say, I had been anticipating The Islanders since I finished that one! While I enjoyed this one, the characters in The Islanders did not resonate with me as much as I had hoped. We meet Anthony, a writer who has been exposed and exiled for plagiarism, Joy, a local business owner who is threatened by a new competitor in town and the return of her ex husband and his new wife, and Lu, the woman who appe
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Meg Mitchell Moore's fifth novel, The Islanders, will be published by William Morrow in June 2019 and is a July Indie Next Pick. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband and their three teenaged and almost-teenaged daughters.
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