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Review: Once Upon an Island

Happy Sigh. There is simply nothing better than a Pride and Prejudice retelling. And Once Upon an Island is a perfect summer retelling! I loved this wonderful island tale by Sarah Ready. I believe it’s my first book by Ready, but I’ll definitely be checking out her other titles.

Isla was delightful and Declan was perfectly broody, just as he should be. I loved Isla’s friends and the way Ready spun this retelling made it the perfect read for a warm spring or summer day. The characters are wonderful and I love how she tied P&P in while still keeping it fresh and feeling new. Perfection.



He’s a billionaire in search of a wife.

She’s the last person on the list.

Fun-loving Isla Waterstone loves her laid-back life on Mariposa Island. She has everything she could ever want…a great job as a journalist for the local paper, amazing friends, and pink sand beaches with stunning tropical sunsets.

The only problem with tiny tropical islands? There are more sea turtles than single men.

So when British billionaire Declan Fox and his aristocratic friend arrive, Isla’s friends know this can mean only one thing. 


After all, it’s a truth universally acknowledged, when a single billionaire travels to a tropical island, he must be in want of a wife.

But Isla isn’t convinced. Especially because Declan is the most rude, arrogant, prideful man she’s ever met.

Or is he?

From tropical Mariposa to England and back again, this playful summer romcom, finds that first impressions don’t always tell the whole story.

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