Tim W. Jackson
Devonshire House Press (2020)
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (6/2020)
“The Secret of Rosalita Flats,” by Tim W. Jackson, is the perfect paradise to sweep you away. Jackson’s novel has all the ingredients you need if you’re looking for great escapism, good plotting, and interesting characters and relationships found in this humorous romantic suspense story. The author writes with a sense of humor that lends itself well to the themes of sand, surf, and tropical sensuality.
The story is about a man named Cal, who meets up again with his best friend from childhood, Marina, who happens to be an attractive scuba instructor in a Caribbean island. He travels to the island in order to tend to affairs after his father passes away. From the first few sentences, Jackson’s sense of humor hooks you, and you know it’s going to be a fun ride. You also get the feeling that the author knows his way around water. This is important when it comes to world-building in a novel. His expertise comes through naturally; not in an encyclopedic, forced kind of way. You’re caught up in the story, the relationships, and you really want to keep reading to find out how the story ends. Another strong point is that he teases you with the relationship, not giving it all away up front, but releasing it slowly.
Besides being a story of rekindling relationships, and the humor, Jackson writes in a way that commands your attention: His care with detail, the way he shapes his characters, and the descriptive settings. He also adds mystery, suspense, and danger. Don’t let the genre fool you–he has a way with words. It’s one thing to tell a story, but to tell it in a way that causes you to lose yourself in it, to get close to the characters and situations–that takes skill and talent. Once you’re grounded into the story by way of his tangible settings, unique characters, and natural dialogue, you’re on your way through an interesting story that is notches above most humorous romantic dramas today. You get the feeling he really enjoyed writing this story.
If you want a book that will make you feel as though you’ve stepped off of a boat to become part of an island story, “The Secret of Rosalita Flats,” by Tim W. Jackson, is one you can’t pass up.