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Book Review: One Night On The Island By Josie Silver


One cottage. Two strangers.
Every great love story starts somewhere . . .

Cleo writes about love stories every day. She just isn’t living one of her own.

When the editor of her dating column asks her to marry herself on a remote Irish island – a sensational piece to mark Cleo’s thirtieth birthday – Cleo agrees. She’s alone but not lonely, right? She can handle a solo adventure.

Cleo arrives at her luxury cabin to find a tall, dark, stubborn American who insists it’s actually his. Mack refuses to leave, and Cleo won’t budge either. With a storm fast approaching, they reluctantly hunker down together. It’s just one night, after all . . .

But what if one night on the island is just the beginning?


Cleo is heading towards an Irish island to marry herself as apparently Emma Watson has done. This is her birthday present to herself for her 30th. She writes as a dating columnist so this should be interesting.

There’s this American man named Mack who is coming from Boston to hear more about his family. Him and his wife have been separated for a year but he has yet to accept it yet she has already been seeing her boss. Somehow his long distant cousin forgot to mention or even gather knowledge that there been a double booking clash therefore, these two strangers find themselves in the same cottage for the foreseeable.

At first, Cleo’s personality towards Mack was super annoying and ignorant as she was completely rude and not understanding that Mack arriving as he has relations to actually be here in Salvation Island is more of a reason for him to stay and he was doing nothing but being well-mannered.

As the story unfolds I did get bored at times as the characters had features I liked (attractive) and some that just made them so stupid or ignorant. Mack was becoming unrealistic in how he sees his relationship and how it is okay to sleep or have feelings for anyone else as he is separated from his wife. It is as if he is still about 7 years old, an immature one at that.

As he goes back to Boston he claims he loves Cleo but at the same time keeps saying his home is Boston with his family even his slutty wife who only wants him now that someone else has liked him.

What I enjoyed most was the other characters! They were so pleasant and funny and heart warming. They had all sorts of moments and I wish the novel revolved more around them as they were actually likeable and not as stupid or naive!

3/5 Stars

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