A thoroughly enjoyable book that kept me up late at night and convinced me to ignore all of the other things I should have been doing instead of reading. A unique setting, at least in my reading experience, in the Bahamas during the governorship of the Duke of Windsor is one of the key points of historical interest.

The strength of this book lies in the likability of the primary fictional characters and its ability to make you care about what is happening to them. I’m personally tired of what I consider to be an over used device in current literature of alternating between two stories taking place in different times and places. This is yet another book that follows that pattern and makes you jump back and forth from 1900 to 1941-43 each time you start a new chapter. You get caught up in one storyline and then the flow is disrupted and you are jerked into the other story. I forgive it here, in large part, because I was drawn into both stories. In the end, of course they were tied together. I must say, however, that the ending felt rushed and a complicated situation was resolved with scant detail. That situation could have been a fascinating book all on its own.

Telling two stories in one book meant the primary story in Nassau was not as fully developed as it could have been. I wish we could have spent more time there and would have enjoyed delving more deeply into the events in 1941-43 as well as into the secondary characters.

There are a few jarring bits of dialogue that seem to be lifted from a 1940s Humphrey Bogart movie, but I will trust the author was being authentic. It just felt almost like a caricature when I read these snippets.

I recommend this book as a satisfying work of historical fiction which includes some suspense, mystery and romance.

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