The Island Escape is the story of two women and how life can change with the blink of an eye. It also has one of the best first lines ever written, "I was wearing the wrong bra to be sitting in a police cell". I mean, is there really a right bra for jail?
Roberta comes from a rich, snooty family and Octavia was a free spirit scholarship student when they met in elementary school. They became lifelong best friends, even though they are polar opposites. When Roberta's husband has her arrested for (justifiably in my opinion) hitting him with a pan, the first person she calls is Octavia.
Octavia's husband is no prize either, but at least he's not an abusive bully. As the book progresses we watch both women deal with their changing lives.
I really liked this book and found myself reading until very late, because I had to know what was going to happen nest. It was interesting to read about people not so unlike every other middle-aged woman I know, who try to do the right thing, but aren't always successful.
The author billed this as a feel good romantic comedy, but I'm not sure that is how I would describe it. There is a lot of hard time before either Roberta or Octavia get the happy ending they deserve.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.