Dreaming Under An Island Skye by Lisa Hobman. #BlogTour

Is there really such a thing as a second shot at true love?

After three wonderful years of marriage, librarian Juliette Fairhurst’s heart is shattered when her husband, Laurie, is taken from her much too soon.
Devasted, Juliette decides to take a sabbatical and reconnect with her mother’s birthplace, the village of Glentorrin on the picturesque Isle of Skye.
Welcomed by most of the villagers, Juliette throws herself into an idyllic community life, taking on the role of temporary summer guardian at The Lifeboat House Museum; a role that offers her the perfect escape from the tragedy of her real life.
During her time on the island, Juliette clashes with brooding single dad and artist, Reid Mackinnon and is befriended by his son Evin and dog Chewie. It’s clear that divorced Reid is struggling and scarred by his own painful experiences.
Can these two lost souls find a lifeline to rescue each other?
Or will their pasts scupper their second chance at real happiness?

My Thoughts


Juliette Fairhurst is heartbroken and coming to terms with the sudden death of her beloved husband Laurie after a long, hard battle with cancer. Two years later, Juliette has been struggling to get through life – between not allowing herself time to grieve and her battle against depression, she realises that this is the right time to take some much needed time for herself.

Juliette sets off to Glentorrin on the Island of Skye, the place in which her mother grew up. On her arrival, Juliette could never have imagined how her three month stay here would help her, and how welcoming most of the islanders would be in helping her to rebuild herself.

As soon as I had read the description I just knew I would fall in love with this story!. It is undoubtedly a truly moving, emotional story, but it is also full of optimism too – showing that everyone needs help some times and should feel able to reach out for it. I loved following the new friendships that were formed between Juliette and the islanders, especially meeting the lovely boy Evin and his exciteable puppy Chewie! All of the people she met along the way helped her on her journey through her mental health struggles. Alongside a variety of other individual stories we follow throughout this story, there is no denying that this is a truly heart warming read.

Lisa’s writing style is fantastic and really brings the characters to life for the reader. I loved the individuality of them all, with their own life stories to tell, and the ways in which this all added to this beautiful story. The setting was beautiful and I could picture it so clearly in my mind, so much so it certainly had me dreaming of escaping there myself!. Full of drama, love, and healing – this book had everything you could possibly want from a book.

Beautifully written, emotional and full of friendship and learning to love yourself again, I adored everything about this heart warming story.

If you love the sound of this book you can purchase a copy here – mybook.to/DreamingLH

Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful  backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Lisa Hobman for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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