I am not a writer by any stretch of the imagination. But I am a reader, and I know when a book I’ve read is a good read or not. This book, Beyond the Island by Joy Lizbeth Holmquist was definitely a good read. You know how some authors try to make their books longer by adding what I would term as “filler”. This book did not have any filler in it whatsoever. Every word in the book was fundamental and it said what is needed to be said to keep you wanting for more. This book will be in my “books to be read again” category.
In this historical view of Germany and the United States from pre–World War I to the beginning of World War II, three orphans journey through Ellis Island to America, expecting to remain together upon their arrival. A providential hand guides and protects them but in a much different way than they expected. Despite the children’s insecurities, they eventually trust that their lives can be transformed.
There are a few things that stood out in this book that made me really like it. First of all, I enjoyed the writing. I think Holmquistdoes a good job of writing a very good book that is easy to read and understand. I’m not expecting literary genius, I’m just expecting to enjoy it and know what’s going on and not have to think about it every sentence and I just want to enjoy the book. She certainly accomplished that in this book. Secondly, I liked the characters. But I think the strength of this book, though, was the storyline. I thought it was fascinating. I read this book in about a day and a half. I usually don’t read books like this in that short of time. This one had me captivated. A lot was going on and the storyline was interesting. I’m looking forward to Holmquist’s other books. Highly-recommended.