This is a good summer read! The island, the plants, the parties, the water, and the secrets. Willie May is trying to decide the next phase of her life when she gets invited to come to Mustique Island. She has sailed the world, her girls are grown and living their own lives and her ex-husband and parents have passed away- she has nothing and no one to go home to at this point, what is there to lose?
Off she heads to the island of the unknown, island of paradise and island of eccentricities. It is not quite home but it has its own pull on her and she feels comfortable, no reason yet to leave although she is feeling she is overstaying her welcome when she gets offered a piece of the island to make her own. Willie May soon immerses herself into her little piece of paradise and she has now become one of them. Never having imagined this would be home, it becomes that and more to Willie May and her daughters.
As she integrates herself as part of the population, the truth of what this place is starts to show its colors as well as the truth of those who also reside and use this as a getaway place. This novel taking place in the seventies takes us back to when there was no cell phones, and internet and instant posting of information and news. This was when things could often still appear as others wanted them too.
Thank you to William Morrow, Wunderkind PR, and the author for the free novel. I really enjoyed reading about this island during that time. Based on true people and places, it is interesting to read about them. This would be a good read for those who are fans of Sister Stardust.
Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy
William Morrow – May 10, 2022 – WOMEN’S FICTION/HISTORICAL
It’s January 1972 but the sun is white hot when Willy May Michael’s boat first kisses the dock of Mustique Island. Tucked into the southernmost curve of the Caribbean, Mustique is a private island that has become a haven for the wealthy and privileged. Its owner is the eccentric British playboy Colin Tennant, who is determined to turn this speck of white sand into a luxurious neo-colonial retreat for his rich friends and into a royal court in exile for the Queen’s rebellious sister, Princess Margaret—one where Her Royal Highness can skinny dip, party, and entertain lovers away from the public eye.
Willy May, a former beauty queen from Texas—who is also no stranger to marital scandals—seeks out Mustique for its peaceful isolation. Determined to rebuild her life and her relationships with her two daughters, Hilly, a model, and Joanne, a musician, she constructs a fanciful white beach house across the island from Princess Margaret—and finds herself pulled into the island’s inner circle of aristocrats, rock stars, and hangers-on.
When Willy May’s daughters arrive, they discover that beneath its veneer of decadence, Mustique has a dark side, and like sand caught in the undertow, their mother-daughter story will shift and resettle in ways they never could have imagined.
From bestselling author Sarah McCoy, a sun-splashed romp with a rich divorcee and her two wayward daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world’s most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and scandals stayed hidden from the press…