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Island in the East: Two great loves. One shattering betrayal. A war that changes everything.

Jenny Ashcroft

3 Reviews

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Historical romance, Historical fiction

From the author of Beneath a Burning Sky, comes a stunning story of love, sisterly rivalry and the true cost of betrayal, beautifully set in 1890s and 1940s Singapore.

From the author of Beneath a Burning Sky

'Beautifully described . . . A moving love story' Tracy Rees

'Exotic and mysterious - I was gripped by this complex tale' Dinah Jefferies

Vivid, authentic and utterly beautiful, Island in the East is the perfect read for fans of Victoria Hislop, Kate Furnivall and Rachel Rhys.

Two great loves. One shattering betrayal. A war that changes everything.

Singapore, 1897
Twenty-year-old identical twins, Harriet and Mae, born from a scandalous affair, have spent their lives slighted by gossips. They've carried each other through the loneliness, believing that together they can survive anything.

But then their mysterious benefactor sends them to Singapore to live with his relative, the watchful David Keeley, who will choose one of them to marry. In the tension of David's house, a distance opens up between the twins, but it is only when they meet the handsome Alex Blake that their relationship truly fractures, resulting in a life-shattering betrayal with devastating consequences . . .

Ivy, an intelligence officer with the women's naval service, is posted to wartime Singapore. Carrying her own ghosts from Blitz-torn London, she arrives to the looming threat of a Japanese invasion. Nothing can prepare her for what's waiting on the island - not the unexpected love, nor the strangers from her grandmother, Mae's, past, and the shocking secrets that now echo down through the generations.

With a sizzling love affair playing out against sisterly rivalry and epic family drama, Island in the East is evocative, atmospheric and romantic historical fiction at its very best.

Further praise for Jenny Ashcroft:

'A summer must-read' Red
'This story of twists and turns transcends era and genre. Absolutely brilliant' Kerry Fisher
'First-class writing, brilliant characters, fascinating locations and gripping plots' Tracy Buchanan
'Exquisitely written . . . unputdownable and unforgettable' Iona Grey
'Island in the East is that rare thing: a dual narrative novel in which both strands of the story are as engaging and compelling as each other . . . it's impossible to put this book down.' Kate Riordan
'Island in the East is a wonderful novel, full of mystery that kept me gripped until the end . . . Oh, whoever you are and whatever you like reading give this one a go. You won't regret it!'
Rachel Burton

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Praise for Island in the East: Two great loves. One shattering betrayal. A war that changes everything.

  • Exotic and mysterious. I was gripped - Dinah Jefferies on BENEATH A BURNING SKY

  • Beautifully described . . . a moving love story - Tracy Rees, author of Amy Snow, on BENEATH A BURNING SKY

  • Absolutely brilliant - Kerry Fisher, author of The Silent Wife, on BENEATH A BURNING SKY

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Jenny Ashcroft

Jenny Ashcroft lives in Brighton with her husband and two children. Before that, she spent many years living and working in Australia and Asia - a time which gave her an enduring passion for stories set in exotic places. She has a degree in history, and has always been fascinated by the past - in particular the way that extraordinary events can transform the lives of normal people. Her first book, Beneath a Burning Sky, was an instant hit with readers who fell in love with Jenny's wonderful, evocative storytelling. Island in the East in her second novel.

Keep in touch with Jenny by following her on Twitter (@Jenny_Ashcroft).