Book Review: One Night on the Island by Josie Silver


One cottage. Two strangers.
Every great love story starts somewhere…

Cleo writes about love stories every day. She just isn’t living one of her own.

When the editor of her dating column asks her to marry herself on a remote Irish island – a sensational piece to mark Cleo’s thirtieth birthday – Cleo agrees. She’s alone but not lonely, right? She can handle a solo adventure.

Cleo arrives at her luxury cabin to find a tall, dark, stubborn American who insists it’s actually his. Mack refuses to leave, and Cleo won’t budge either. With a storm fast approaching, they reluctantly hunker down together. It’s just one night, after all . . .

But what if one night on the island is just the beginning?

I am so thrilled to be taking part in the bookstagram tour for One Night on the Island by Josie Silver. My thanks to Ella Horne and Penguin Books for inviting me to take part and providing me with a paperback proof of the book of the purpose of review. I have reviewed the book honestly and impartially.


Not sure I’ve ever felt so strongly about a book that I had to kick off my review with a Schitt’s Creek gif before, but One Night on the Island definitely warranted it. This book made me feel EXACTLY how Schitt’s Creek made me feel when I watched it and anyone who knows how great my love for Schitt’s Creek is will know this is about as high as praise can get from me.

This book is absolutely perfect. Absolutely. Perfect. If I could magically wish my perfect book into being, it would fall in to my lap in the shape of this book. I loved everything about it. The setting. The characters. The other characters. The plot. The mood. The relationship. Oh my god, the relationship is just everything you could want in a romance. I’m going to run out of superlatives before I finish describing this novel.

The premise of the book sounds ludicrous. It’ll never work, right? So contrived. How on earth can anyone make this plot work so that the reader believes it could happen? Well, pick up One Night on the Island and you will find out because I, middle-aged, divorced old cynic that I am, completely bought into it right from the beginning. The author is so skilled in the way she structures the narrative and develops the characters that I never for a second didn’t feel like their behaviour and reactions were authentic. Yes, the scenario is ridiculous, but it totally works for this book.

The two main characters are instantly attractive as people to invest your time and emotional energy in. Troubled but appealing, you will fall in love with both of them, I promise, and then the way things develop will make your heart soar and dip like one of the seabirds Cleo watches from the porch of Otter Lodge. The love story is beautiful and uplifting and heartbreaking in turn and I just adored watching it unfold. There was more than one point that my eyes filled with tears and I felt my heart crack a bit. At other times I laughed along with them. Then, the passion – it spilled off the page and lit me up inside. Every single emotion leaps out of this novel and in to the soul of the reader so you are living and breathing it with them. It’s been a long time since I read anything which drew me so completely into the world the characters inhabited. I completely lost myself in this book, and the time I spent reading it went by in a flash.

The main thing that touched me was the author’s portrayal of relationship breakdown and the profound effect it has on the people involved, especially when there are children on the scene. She really captured the heartbreak, the dilemma and the problems faced when new people come on the scene. I could relate so strongly to what Mack was going through in the book, I really felt that the author was honest and accurate in her depiction of the characters’ emotions, and the ending was absolutely perfect. It could so easily have been ruined if she’d gone a different way, I’m so glad she didn’t.

I’m not sure I’ve done the book justice in relation to how fantastic it is. My favourite book of the year so far, I really hope you go out and buy it, I promise you won’t regret it. I can’t wait to read it again and, god, I wish I’d written it. Schitt’s Creek in novel form, I can give it no higher recommendation than that.

One Night on the Island is out now in all formats and you can, you MUST, but your copy here.

About the Author


(Photo credit: Justine Stoddart)

Josie Silver is a writer of love stories.

Her debut novel One Day in December was a Sunday Times & NY Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

Josie lives in the midlands with her husband, their sons, and an ever changing cast of animals.

Connect with Josie:


Facebook: Josie Silver

Twitter: @JosieSilver_

Instagram: @josiesilverauthor


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