Wednesday, November 30, 2011
"I took a trip on a sailing ship and when I reached Jamaica, I made a stop."Song Lyrics
How can you not like a book with a title as original as this book has?
This relaxing novel could accompany the reader on a winter vacation, just thinking about the setting of a remote fishing village in Jamaica makes me long for the blue ocean and dread another New England winter.
Eric is the owner of a bar and of the ruins of a hotel which was damaged in Hurricane Albert. Now the hotel is cut off from the main land. As the story gets under way, Eric and his bartender, Shad, are surprised to see a woman on Eric's Island. Eric rows out and learns the woman, Simone, wants a place of peace and quiet. she will pay Eric to deliver groceries and requests to be left alone.
Shad is a person who people feel confident in revealing their problems and concerns to. He cares for Eric and the other people in his village. If there was a mayor of the little community, it would be Shad.
With little changing in their lives, Eric becomes fascinated with Simone. As the story progresses, we learn of her background and the reason she needs to be alone on the Island.
Life goes on and Simone becomes the talk of the village. Then, another change occurs, a number of men arrive and take steps in finding the political views of the residents.
The setting is well described and the leisurely pace of the novel allows the reader to slow down to the pace of life as described in Jamaica. I enjoyed this and imagined I was listening to appropriate background music and enjoying the ocean view.
Only in the barest of terms could this be classified as a detective story but with the author's skillful plotting, this was an entertaining novel.