Island of Secrets by Diane Demetre



Island of Secrets
A captivating story of love, mystery and hope



Two love stories separated in time.
Two women following their dreams.
In a paradise littered with painful secrets, will love turn the tide?

1973. Cecilia “CiCi” Freemont has a restless soul and the voice of an angel. Leaving her privileged upbringing behind, she chases her dreams to the sandy beaches of an unspoiled Hawaiian paradise, Harbor Island. But life takes an unexpected turn when she falls for the island’s young heir-apparent and her newfound adventure becomes too much to bear…

2017. Investigative journalist Tina Templeton has dedicated herself to the pursuit of truth. But when she inherits Harbor Island, her career plans take a confusing twist. Managing the sprawling island estate is tough business even with the help of aging cabaret singer, CiCi Freemont. Especially when a massive ecological disaster threatens to destroy her beautiful beaches—and the responding coast guard captain steals her heart.

As the investigation into the disaster reveals a 40-year-old mystery that could change their lives forever, will Tina find love among the secrets, or will CiCi’s painful past dash her dreams on the rocks?

Island of Secrets is an epic love story. If you like generations-spanning drama, characters with hidden pasts, heart-warming romance and intrigue, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s powerful romantic mystery in paradise.




EXCERPT FOUR

In 1973, wild-child, Cecilia Freemont finds herself on Harbor Island, a privately-owned island off the coast of Maui where she is befriended by brother and sister, Dickie and Victoria Reginald.



Squeezed between Victoria, who drove, and Dickie on the other end of the bench seat, Cecilia chomped on her breakfast sandwich as they jostled along in the Chevy. On their way down the steep, bumpy Harbor Hill Road, Victoria pulled over a few times to give a ride to the locals walking into town. With the open rear cargo bed full of happy, chatting passengers, the old truck trundled along, providing much-needed respite from the hot journey.
“Hey, look.” Dickie pointed to the beach coming into full view as they turned into The Esplanade. “We’ve got visitors.”
From a couple of yachts moored in the harbor, a dozen or so people had come ashore. Settled on the beach, they lazed, played games and bathed, enjoying the serenity of the island.
“So, what happens after they’ve gone?” asked Cecilia.
“What do you mean?”
“Well, the beach is so perfectly maintained. There’s no rubbish, or food scraps or anything. I bet visitors don’t clean up after themselves all the time?”
“You’re right,” said Victoria. “At the end of each day, a team of groundsmen go over the beach, collecting rubbish and raking the sand.”
Cecilia frowned and looked at each of them to check whether they were joking. “Rake the sand?”
“I know it sounds absurd,” said Dickie, exchanging a smile. “But it’s our family’s role to support the local families here. So, we employ as many as we can in whatever jobs we can. Raking the beach is one of them. Believe me, the groundsmen who do it enjoy it. It’s easier than many of the other jobs. And because no one supervises them, they take a lot longer than they should. They’re a cheeky lot.” He shook his head and chuckled at their staff’s cunningness.
“I have no doubt Mom will send you down to check up on them once you settle into the housekeeper role,” said Victoria.
Cecilia scratched her head. “Raking the beach. Now I’ve heard everything.”
Even at only ten o’clock in the morning and with the truck windows wound down, cool air proved elusive. The warm breeze wafted up from the harbor and swirled in the cabin, creating pools of invisible heat. Shafts of sunlight pierced the windscreen and increased the cabin temperature until the towel on the bench seat turned damp beneath Cecilia’s thighs.
The Chevy slowed to a stop. Victoria switched off the engine and slid out of the cabin. “Okay. Let’s go into the Ladies Markets first and organize some more clothes for you.”
Cecilia shuffled across the seat after Victoria and then looked back at Dickie. “You coming?”
“Nah, I’ll wait here I think. Maybe take a stroll on the beach. Just don’t be too long. Okay?”
“Okay,” Cecilia and Victoria replied in unison.





Testimonials


Amazon 5 Stars
A lovely intergenerational family drama set in an untouched paradise – Avid Reader
This is the second novel I've read by the author and, though very different from Retribution (which I loved), this novel has its own strengths. It's the saga of a🌺 Hawaiian family dynasty, but focused on two generations of strong women and their❤ romances. Cecelia 's young love is poignant and doomed, Tina's second chance love is sudden, healing and, ultimately, an ironic conclusion to an old family drama. Cecelia was my favorite character. She is full of life, a sense of adventure, and an optimism about life's possibilities; she's also ready to sacrifice big time for the place and people she loves.

The descriptions of the natural beauty of the fictional Harbor Island are vivid and lyrical. Otherwise, the prose is simple and straightforward. I got so involved with these characters that I could not stop reading! I really liked the inclusion of several mysteries that take a while to solve. Although the minor characters who reside and work on the island seemed a bit stereotyped, all in all it's a lovely read with some tearful moments and well worth considering. I will be looking forward to more stories from Ms. Demetre.:-)

Amazon 5 Stars
I love, love, love, this book! – Tasha Thomas
This book was so good! It jumps over a span of about forty years. It has everything in it. From first love to first discovery. It has suspense, love lost and love gained. It also has a friendship that stood the test of time, and sibling rivalry. If you read another book this year, this is the one! I highly recommend this wonderful book!

Amazon 5 Stars
Entertaining – Kim F
Extremely entertaining, captivating, and interesting read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong and intriguing characters. I want to read more from this author.

 Amazon 5 Stars
Captivating – Debbins
The story was told in several points of view about life on an island. It was captivating and original. The characters draw you in and carry you right along with their journey through time. Highly recommend this great mystery.



Amazon 5 Stars
Good story of true love – C. Sasser
This is a heart wrenching love story that covers a lifetime. It is not the traditional happy ever after but it still does end that way. It was an entertaining, easy to read love story with wonderful characters. It had some very emotional moments. It was a great story.

Amazon 5 Stars
Island of secrets – Angie Anderson
This book is so good. It’s two generations of love. I loved all of the characters. The ending is wonderful. I suggest Kleenex being handy.

Amazon 4 Stars
An enjoyable story – Misty
An enjoyable well written book with good engaging characters. Interesting with Cecilia's character as she developed relationships with the islanders and Tina easily resolved conflicts. Story jumps in years and held my interest with a special ending.

Amazon 5 Stars
A sweet story of redemption, family and enduring love – Ltwin
 I'm a little late with my review because it took me a few days to stop crying. This is wonderful story about 2 strong women separated by a span of years, yet very connected. CiCi is a free spirit child of the 70s and it is her story that draws the reader into the book. Tina ties the present with the past and has her own journey to love and family to travel. There is a bit of family dysfunction and mystery that is sprinkled throughout that enables the reader to see many facets of the characters.

Amazon 4 Stars
Heartbreaks and Triumphs – Sahar’s Beaded Creations
 At first I was not sure what to think, but the story pulls you. There are some heartbreaking elements, but there is also love and redemption. I definitely shed a few tears reading the story. The island held many secrets and heartaches. The story had lost love, finding love, and in the end, a sort of homecoming. It spanned two generations.

Amazon 5 Stars
Family – Renee Strauss
I don't know where to start. It was a flashback to the 70s and life then. We follow the journey of Cecelia at first. Harbor Island is where she ended up. There she found herself and the love of her life, but she had to move on. Her love inherited the Island and upon his death everyone reunited. Including the new addition to their family. There were fights and criminal activity which in the end turned out to be a happy ending.





 Publisher Luminosity Publishing Llp

Ebook ISBN 978-1-9993066-0-1
Paperback ISBN  978-1-9993066-1-8
386 pages
     
Ebook
Paperback https://www.amazon.com/dp/1999306619     


For readers of contemporary fiction, Diane Demetre is a fresh, passionate voice in storytelling. She is an award-winning author of genre-busting romance novels with a twist. Her dramatic flair, sense of place and evocative style create an entertaining escape for her readers. Diane’s works feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest on their terms, much like the author herself


Diane began her career as a school teacher before moving into the entertainment industry as a choreographer, director, event manager, dancer and actress, working in television and live theatre, and managing multi-million dollar productions.
            Following her onstage career, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist, keynote speaker and presenter, appearing on national radio and television.
            When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016.
            Her romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.

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