“The Island: Never Will I Leave You” by Roberta Kennedy is a love story. 32 year-old Joanna Kelliher, a missionary teacher on an island off the Indian Ocean, is a single mother of four adopted children, who has never had a serious romantic relationship in her life and believes that such a relationship was just not meant for her. Ian MacDonald is a missionary and doctor that just arrived on the island. Upon meeting Joanna for the first time, Ian immediately knows that he wants to marry her, adopt her children and raise them together. Joanna knows that she loves Ian as well but she is reluctant and guarded. They both have issues from their past that they must overcome and their commitment to each other will be tested. Will their love stand the tests of time?
I was so excited to get this book in the mail. “The Island” had all the makings of a perfect romance – a girl who could hardly be called dating material being the mother of four small children who finds her prince charming in the middle of nowhere on an island off the Indian Ocean? Now that’s my kind of story!
Unfortunately the excitement for me ended as soon as I started reading. While I stand by my initial opinion that Roberta Kennedy’s “The Island: Never Will I Leave You” is a great story, I cannot say that I had a positive experience reading this book. I will say that the author is very descriptive, the characters are adequately developed and I could almost picture myself in the story – on the surface everything seemed copasetic. But I actually had quite a bit of trouble reading and staying focused because the sentences seemed to stop as soon as they began. What I mean by that is I felt like I kept starting and stopping due to the short, distracting sentences. If I had to guess I would say the average number of words per sentence in this book would be about seven, and that is a generous calculation. I tried – really hard, in fact, to overlook the structure, but 579 pages of short distracting sentences and quite a few editing errors made for a very long read.