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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,371 ratings  ·  442 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.

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
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 like
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
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
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
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,
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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Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I flew through this one quickly. Great story to close out the last weekend of summer.
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 !!!
Kate ☀️ Olson
(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
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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.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Islanders
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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
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
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 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
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 ...more
Denise Reed
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
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
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
Andrea Guy
I love books that absolutely scream BEACH READ! This is definitely one of them/ Its set in the summer months and involves three very different people who are on Block Island and how their lives get intermingled.

The three characters Anthony, Joy and Lu will grab you from the start. Each has problems and secrets of their own. They are very well rounded and actually pretty likable characters. I liked that Block Island isn't a playground for the upper class or the upper middle class too. That made
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Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that summer is here I find myself enjoying light beach reads. If it's about the beach, I want to give it a try. The Islanders fit my summer reading requirements perfectly. There are three main interesting characters, some mystery, some romance and lots of sand and water! Perfect!

The three main characters are all very different and don't know each other. As we were learning their stories, I wasn't sure how the author was going to connect them because they were strangers but she did a great
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic beach read! I started reading this while I was in Ko Samui in Thailand, and it was the perfect thing to read while on an island. Over the course of a summer, secrets and lies heat things up on Block Island, with an endearing cast of both locals and "summer people". I loved Joy, Anthony, and Lu. Jeremy was terrible and I wish the ending had been harsher towards him! I'd totally recommend this as a great summer read, or something to read if you want to get lost in a summer story during ...more
Terry Enright
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I treat books of this genre the way an unsuccessful recovering Alcoholic treats a recently purchased pint of liquor. I want to keep it concealed in the bag, don't want anyone to see my weakness, but I know it'll be great once I'm able to get a taste of it. It's one of those "feelings" books. I'm a guy, I can't read a "feelings" book. But you know what, it's a damn good story that takes place in an interesting setting, and people do have feelings. So to hell with it. I enjoyed it, and ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The book tells the story of 3 families spending the summer on Block Island. There are 3 main characters:

1) Anthony who is house sitting for the uncle of a college friend. He's hiding out which is hard in a small town. His estranged wife has kicked him out and he misses his young son. His father is a best selling novelist. Anthony used to be that too.

2) Joy who lives in town year round. She owns and runs Joy Bombs, a whoopie pie cafe. She's a single mother raising 13 year old Maggie.

3) Lu whose
Amy Doan
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured Meg Mitchell Moore's latest in two days. The novel is as confident as it is inviting, a big and big-hearted story about three people—a local and two mainlanders—whose lives intersect on Block Island one summer. Joy, Lu, and Anthony immediately feel like old friends, and Moore keeps things moving swiftly, with plenty of warmth, surprises, humor, and suspense. I especially enjoyed the subtle but timely exploration of women questioning long-held assumptions about their domestic roles ...more
Joann M
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Perfect beach read.
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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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“What had Lu's mother ever done to Lu, except for at one time know her so intimately that Lu couldn't bear to expose her to all of the humiliations involved in her growing up?” 0 likes
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