Winner of the Prix Maison de la Presse

Inspired by a shocking travesty of justice, the repercussions of which still reverberate more than fifty years later, bestselling Franco-Mauritian author Caroline Laurent paints a shimmering portrait of island life, a sensual paradise lost, and a gorgeous star-crossed love against all odds.

How can a story be so many different things? This is a huge love story as well as a devastatingly unjust one. I am blown away by her writing.

This one takes place in 1967 in the Chagos Archipelago, a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean. Island life is easy and peaceful for its residents. Marie works hard and loves her life, her island as well as being an independent woman. And then she meets Gabriel and life is even better. They are in love and nothing can touch that. Or can it?

Secrets one of them is keeping have the power to rip their life in two. The price of independence is high. And what happens next will rock the world.

A beautiful story.

NetGalley/ Amazon Crossing December 01,2022

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