The Love Island Bookshop - Kate Frost


4 Stars!


A dream job, two handsome men, one destructive act. Will Freya’s opportunity of a lifetime end in tears?

When Freya leaves her publishing job in London to be a barefoot bookseller in the Maldives, it’s the push she needs to move on from her sadness and reignite her passion for life.

While resort owner Zander is charming, it’s handsome dive instructor Aaron who befriends her when she needs it most. But all is not what it seems and there’s trouble brewing in paradise.

Taking a chance on happiness is harder than she imagined. Can Freya let go of her heartache and allow herself to fall in love again?

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Kate Frost is the author of best-selling romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart and The Amsterdam Affair), character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates.

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. As well as writing novels, she’s also the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. Kate feels incredibly lucky to spend her days writing and being immersed in books. 

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My very first thought was - tropical island, bookshop... SCORE!!

Freya is a very likable character. I fell in love with her instantly. She had a very real, relatable, personality. Zander, the resort owner, seems perfect! But, is he too good to be true? 

So... you see an advertisement for a job running a bookshop on a tropical island! Interested? What if you didn't have any real connections (besides friends) holding you back, now are you interested? Would you at least apply, just to see what happens? Hmmm, I would have to say - even though I am happily married - I probably would! LOL just to see...

Of course I love reading any book set on the beach, one of my favorite settings? This one was very well done. It took me away from my "just outside the city" home to this beautiful place with Freya as my friend. :-) A very needed (virtual) vacation for me! I love books that will "take you away" and this one did just that.

This ended up being a delightful read that offered a romance, fun, and  little excitement. This was a Kate Frost first for me and I would definitely read another!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!


  1. sounds good and I would be totally on board with taking the job.

  2. Thank you so much for taking part in The Love Island Bookshop blog tour - I love your review!


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