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Somber Island

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  217 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Phoebe MacIntire, who is a servant to her father and sisters in her own house in Scotland in 1855, is an ordinary girl, with no big dreams for the future. She's perfectly happy in her humble life, with her cot in the basement and her little garden in the backyard. But when her father up and sends her to Newfoundland to be the lifelong servant to Lord Jacobs, she finds her ...more
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Published December 6th 2010 by Troll Publishing (first published May 29th 2010)
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Dec 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook-own, 2010
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Oct 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
It appears to me that authors are rushing their work these days. By rushing they leave us with sub standard material that is inconsistent and sloppy. I don't want to be served a hot dog when I asked for steak! What I like about this particular book were the original story line and the gothic era it was set in. That's where my likes begin and end. What I didn't like is a much longer list. First, the main character, Phoebe is Scottish but I never once saw that she spoke like she was. In, fact the ...more
I was overjoyed when the author tagged me as a beta reader for her new book as I had previously read the blurb and watched the moving and haunting trailer.

Phoebe is the youngest daughter of a miserly, mean and selfish curmudgeon. He bitterly blames her for his financial woes. His wife had died giving birth to Phoebe, then, when she was but six years old, Phoebe became gravely ill with polio. Eventually, she recovered from the malady but was left with a twisted leg and severe limp. Her father ha
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Phoebe is the youngest of 3 sisters, and certainly not her fathers favourite following the death of her mother in childbirth. Following Polio as a child she walks with a limp, and because of this, and because he thinks she is plain, her father hides her away in the basement and works her as a slave.

One day her father comes to the basement and informs Phoebe that he has arranged for her to go and work for a gentleman in the Newfoundland (the year is 1850 and Phoebe lives in Scotland). She will re
Kayla Eklund
The moment I saw the cover for Somber Island, I knew I had to read it. I fell in love with the cover. The way Phoebe's red hair contrasted with the blue/dark grey background was almost magical. After reading the synopsis, and learning that the book is about a girl with a disability, and vampires, I knew it was the book for me. I loved it. Days after reading it, I still couldn't get the way it ended, or the characters, out of my head.

The thing that really made the book a great read for me was Pho
Michelle Gilmore
Based on the synopsis, I thought Somber Island had the makings of a great historical/ paranormal romance/ Cinderella-ish, gothic tale, but it just fell short for me. I think that if it were longer, the story could've been better developed, and the events flushed out. Things were happening too quickly, without any follow up to some major events that had taken place. Perhaps a prologue giving a back story on the hero, the villain etc, could've added to the mystery; and a little more background on ...more
Emily Lund
Firstly I won this novel free from Goodreads First Reads and I am so thankful for such a great book, Thank you, T. Lynne Tolles I really loved the book marks as well as the book!! The art work is amazing on this novel and story was nagging me to continue reading. I sat there 5 in morning reading and looking at the clock saying to myself I know I should go to sleep but it's getting so good!! I was a little disappointed the story was not longer but I enjoyed Phoebe becoming herself, she was no lon ...more
Jacquie Talento
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is a nice hint with the works of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast kind of feel. Ms. Tolles is a master when it comes to her writing and I am one of her major fans with her works.
Phoebe has been sent away to work as a housemaid for Nathaniel. Her father feels she will never marry since in his own eyes she’s damaged goods. But Phoebe finally fits in and starts to have feelings for her master even though she has awful dreams that should steer her away from the home she now lives in.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horribly written, no real plot or twists. The "horror" parts were not scary at all. It seems like the author took parts of other books, slapped them together in a rush & called it a book. Would not recommend this book & won't be reading any of this author's other books.
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, I read in 2 days the book flowed beautifully. Loved the setting, time frame, and social background. GREAT GREAT read.
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T. Lynne Tolles can be found most days, juggling one of two cat muses and a laptop, tripping over a Newfoundland puppy and washing a never-ending pile of laundry. When life doesn’t get in the way, she writes sweet paranormal romances for new adults.
Her passion for witches, ghosts, and vampires together with a light-hearted wit are reflected in her loveable characters and the adventures of mystery
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