The View from Alameda Island

The View from Alameda Island

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr delivers a poignant and powerful story about how one woman’s best intentions lead to the worst of situations and how the power of love helps her to heal and ultimately triumph.From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy—a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters...

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The View from Alameda Island Reviews

  • Kelsie

    is great women’s romantic fiction from bestselling author, Robyn Carr. This is a tale of love, loss and second chances.

    Lauren Delaney, wife and mother of two daughters is done with her marriage. She’s so done that she consults a divorce attorney on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary. Her husband, Brad, is verbally, emotionally and physically abusive, and he’s a cheater. She stayed with him for the sake of her daughters but they’re grown now and Lauren is ready to

    is great women’s romantic fiction from bestselling author, Robyn Carr. This is a tale of love, loss and second chances.

    Lauren Delaney, wife and mother of two daughters is done with her marriage. She’s so done that she consults a divorce attorney on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary. Her husband, Brad, is verbally, emotionally and physically abusive, and he’s a cheater. She stayed with him for the sake of her daughters but they’re grown now and Lauren is ready to finally live for herself.

    Beau Magellan is separated from his wife, Pamela, who is also a cheater. Beau has given her multiple chances to repair their marriage and isn’t willing to give her another one. His stepsons, who he raised as his own, are grown. He can finally live for himself.

    Lauren and Beau meet in a church garden that she visits to meditate and just enjoy nature’s beauty. The two bond over their mutual interest in gardening. They start slow but steadily build their relationship. Interestingly, Lauren and Beau’s lives mirror each other in multiple aspects. The couple start their new life together but aren’t prepared for the reaction of their exes.

    Carr held my attention from beginning to end. All of the characters are fully developed. The church garden is alive and very much part of the story. I was pleasantly surprised by the plot twists. The ending fully resolved the story.

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    stars. I highly recommend this novel to fans of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

    My thanks to Harlequin - Mira and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

  • Kate Douglas

    I think I’ve finally nailed what I love so much about Robyn Carr’s books (beyond her skillful writing)—she doesn’t focus entirely on two main characters. She writes about family, about other lives and loves that connect and impact the actual leads in the story, but those other loves, the other men and women who populate her books, are as fully drawn and well developed as the primary leads.

    THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND is a perfect example. Lauren Delaney is a woman on the edge of a new life when

    I think I’ve finally nailed what I love so much about Robyn Carr’s books (beyond her skillful writing)—she doesn’t focus entirely on two main characters. She writes about family, about other lives and loves that connect and impact the actual leads in the story, but those other loves, the other men and women who populate her books, are as fully drawn and well developed as the primary leads.

    THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND is a perfect example. Lauren Delaney is a woman on the edge of a new life when she carefully plans and executes leaving her husband and the perfect marriage everyone thinks she’s been living for the past twenty-four years.

    As difficult as the first steps are, the freedom from life with a controlling and often cruel man are steps she won’t back away from. As she files for divorce and begins to build her new life, Lauren meets Beau Magellan, a man going through many of the same things she’s escaping. While neither is actively searching for someone to fill the void, their growing friendship gives strength to each of them as they make the difficult decision to end long-term relationships with grown children involved.

    While keeping the story moving at a perfect pace, Ms. Carr manages to give fully developed personalities and dreams to the peripheral characters—characters that might have been mere shadows without her deft touch. I really enjoyed the scenes with Lauren’s daughters as well as those involving Beau’s stepsons. Beau’s friend and confident, a Catholic priest, is the perfect advisor and confidant to Beau’s turmoil.

    As the stories progress, there is a growing sense of danger in the background. The tension escalates and becomes threatening when Lauren’s husband decides he wants his “perfect” marriage and subservient wife back.

    I absolutely love the ending in this one, though the process of getting there is one I’m going to revisit as soon as I get this review written. All of Robyn Carr’s books are keepers for me, and I’ve reread most of them multiple times. They’re just that good, and I definitely recommend THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND.

  • Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews

    The best kind of stories are the ones with a butterfly effect. A character changes and evolves to become so much more than they ever thought possible, emerging into something new and wonderful.

    The change is often hard and has more obstacles than anticipated, but will be worth giving up the perception of perfect to become something and someone who is beautifully flawed yet emotionally on the way to wellness.

    The View From Alameda Island is all that and more. A beautifully poignant read.

    ~Tanja

    The best kind of stories are the ones with a butterfly effect. A character changes and evolves to become so much more than they ever thought possible, emerging into something new and wonderful.

    The change is often hard and has more obstacles than anticipated, but will be worth giving up the perception of perfect to become something and someone who is beautifully flawed yet emotionally on the way to wellness.

    The View From Alameda Island is all that and more. A beautifully poignant read.

    ~Tanja

  • Amy

    4.5/5

    I just love Carr’s style, something about it almost soothes me even if she’s writing about some heavy stuff. I think it’s because she strikes the perfect balance between dark and light, and also due to the fact that her characterization is always on point and she has me invested in the people in her books before I’ve finished the first chapter. Whatever it may be, she’s damn good and I always know when I start one of her books that I’m about to begin an emotional journey alongside some memo

    4.5/5

    I just love Carr’s style, something about it almost soothes me even if she’s writing about some heavy stuff. I think it’s because she strikes the perfect balance between dark and light, and also due to the fact that her characterization is always on point and she has me invested in the people in her books before I’ve finished the first chapter. Whatever it may be, she’s damn good and I always know when I start one of her books that I’m about to begin an emotional journey alongside some memorable characters.

    Lauren is just the type of character I’ve come to expect from a RC novel, she’s extremely likable and it was very easy for me to sympathize with her almost instantly. Right at the beginning of the book she’s preparing to leave her abusive husband after over twenty years of marriage and you just can’t help but feel for the poor woman. Initially I thought this would only be about her personal journey in starting over and while it definitely was, it was also so much more than that. She finds love again and that was developed in a really realistic and authentic way, but what surprised me the most was actually how many surprises the plot took. It was really unexpected for me, most WF novels follow a somewhat predictable path but this one was really different and I just love that!

    Highly recommended for fans of the author, her trademark warmth and charm is heavily apparent but I think this is also my favorite of her books so far, so if you haven’t read her before this is a great place to start!

    The View from Alameda Island in three words: Genuine, Warm and Charming

  • Jonetta

    Lauren Delaney has endured a highly unsatisfactory marriage for 24 years to a man who’s controlling and mean. Brad’s a successful surgeon whose done nothing but demean and belittle her their entire marriage. She declares to herself that there will not be a 25th year in this relationship now that her two daughters have finished college. She now has to figure out how to make this happen and create a new life for herself.

    Lauren’s decision is declared in the opening paragraph of this story so there

    Lauren Delaney has endured a highly unsatisfactory marriage for 24 years to a man who’s controlling and mean. Brad’s a successful surgeon whose done nothing but demean and belittle her their entire marriage. She declares to herself that there will not be a 25th year in this relationship now that her two daughters have finished college. She now has to figure out how to make this happen and create a new life for herself.

    Lauren’s decision is declared in the opening paragraph of this story so there is no ambiguity about the state of her marriage. What comes next is how she takes those steps towards liberation and the impact on her family, career and self respect. I expected to see some of the typical things you’d find in the dismantling of a marriage to someone like Brad and a one-sided view of that but was pleasantly surprised to see Lauren take a critical eye at her own enabling behavior, including her motives for agreeing to marry him. It was insightful and painful, laying bare some hard and awful truths on both sides. When she meets another man (Beau) who’s in similar circumstances following her separation, it gives her an opportunity to test her judgment and make different choices.

    I really enjoyed this story because of its honest approach in looking at the disassembly of a long term marriage. While Brad was clearly an awful person, Lauren’s complicity wasn’t ignored and I liked how there was clearly shared responsibility for her circumstances. I especially liked how the impact on the children was portrayed, not only the divorce but the costs of staying in a bad relationship for the sake of those children. While there are some extreme behaviors here, they do illustrate what is probably reality for many who have traveled this road before, some I’ve witnessed. Lauren’s new relationship with Beau was a needed diversion and their contrasts were remarkable given he was going through a similar process. This was an interesting and eye-opening journey.

    (I received an advance copy from NetGalley. All opinions are my own)

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: She walked purposefully to her car and she even looked around. He was in the garden shed on the other side of the gardens. She could hear him putting things away. He wasn't looking to see what she was driving or what her license plate was. He was a perfectly nice, friendly guy who probably picked up lonely women on a regular basis. Then murdered them and chopped them into little pieces and used them for fertilizer.

    She sighed. Sometimes she felt so ridiculous.

    ABOUT THIS BOOK: From the

    EXCERPT: She walked purposefully to her car and she even looked around. He was in the garden shed on the other side of the gardens. She could hear him putting things away. He wasn't looking to see what she was driving or what her license plate was. He was a perfectly nice, friendly guy who probably picked up lonely women on a regular basis. Then murdered them and chopped them into little pieces and used them for fertilizer.

    She sighed. Sometimes she felt so ridiculous.

    ABOUT THIS BOOK: From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy—a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything.

    Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit—a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage.

    But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves.

    MY THOUGHTS: I wavered on my rating for this book. Three stars? Four stars? Three-and-a- half? I loved the first half of the book, but then, initially, I thought the second half got a bit schmaltzy, Hallmark romantic. And then. . . Robyn Carr blew my socks off with a totally unexpected development.

    But after I finished, and had time to sit and ponder my feelings, my reactions, I realized that she had perfectly captured the emotional reactions of the characters to the situations. Take away the extremes of her story, the wealth, the violence, and it could have been my story. The controlling husband, the constant put downs and erosion of confidence, the reluctance to expose the children to a marriage break-up, then the threats and manipulations, and finally the uncertainty and wonder of finding the right person with whom to share the rest of one's life. As I read I was thinking, 'Yes, I remember feeling/experiencing that!'

    What more needs to be said? Although this was my first, I am sure that this won't be the last book I read by this author. Definitely a 'feel-good' experience. High praise indeed from someone who doesn't read romance!

    THE AUTHOR: Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The fourth novel, THE BEST OF US, in her fan-favorite Sullivan's Crossing Series was released in Jan. 2019. Robyn's new women's fiction novel THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND will be release in April 2019. Robyn is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, and in 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years. Robyn currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    DISCLOSURE: Thank you to NetGalley via Harlequin-Mira for providing a digital ARC of The View From Alameda Island by Robyn Carr for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

    Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my webpage sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

  • ♥Rachel♥

    I LOVE Robyn Carr’s writing, so I’ve been looking forward to

    , it was amazing and crazy! I think this has been the craziest exes I’ve read from Ms. Carr, but the relationship between Lauren and Beau was steady and calming throughout any drama that came at them. Their romance was slow and steady, felt real, but also had heat and chemistry! I loved it!

    Let me just tell you I wanted to strangle both of their exes! Their pictures would be up by the words “narcissistic”, “m

    I LOVE Robyn Carr’s writing, so I’ve been looking forward to

    , it was amazing and crazy! I think this has been the craziest exes I’ve read from Ms. Carr, but the relationship between Lauren and Beau was steady and calming throughout any drama that came at them. Their romance was slow and steady, felt real, but also had heat and chemistry! I loved it!

    Let me just tell you I wanted to strangle both of their exes! Their pictures would be up by the words “narcissistic”, “megalomaniac”, and “delusional” in the dictionary! Wow! I honestly can’t believe they both put up with so much, but I can somewhat understand because there were kids involved. Each wanted to wait until their kids were out and mostly settled on their own path. Beau get special props for being a stepfather and not bowing out because he split from the boy’s mom. They truly needed a stable force in their life since their mom was flighty, full of drama, and manipulative!

    I was touched by the wonderful friends and family Beau and Lauren had, a testament to the kind of good people they were at heart, they definitely needed the support! I loved how each ex had their own comeuppance at every turn, and never got away with things too long. I’m so sad for anyone who goes through this kind of drama in their family. At any rate, I loved how it all turned out.

    The setting of Alameda Island was lovely! I’m in East Bay San Francisco just about every other weekend, but I haven’t got over to that neck of the woods yet, but now I want to! It sounds like a charming little town full of character!

    I mostly listened to the audio version narrated by Therese Plummer, one of my all-time favorite performers! She nails both the male and female characters, and I love her easy cadence. She narrates most (if not all) of Ms. Carr’s books, as well as the Casey Duncan (Rockton) series by Kelley Armstrong. Another favorite author/series! I’d be willing to give just about any author a go if Ms. Plummer is narrating the story!

  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    I read many books by this author, the Virgin River and Thunder Point series were some of my most favorite by her. This time the author writes about two middle age characters that both want to get out of disastrous marriages – separately from each other, but coincidently at the same time.

    I’ve always admired the author for picking topics and themes to write about that have meaning, and are relatable.

    Beau and Lauren matched well, no doubt about that, and I’m glad they got their HEA especially after

    I read many books by this author, the Virgin River and Thunder Point series were some of my most favorite by her. This time the author writes about two middle age characters that both want to get out of disastrous marriages – separately from each other, but coincidently at the same time.

    I’ve always admired the author for picking topics and themes to write about that have meaning, and are relatable.

    Beau and Lauren matched well, no doubt about that, and I’m glad they got their HEA especially after what they all had to go through.

    I love that authors like Robyn Carr don’t shy away from taking on issues, and writing books about middle age characters with grown children. The only complaint I have is that both main characters went through a messy divorce, that was too eerily similar, at the same time. It felt a bit like a soap opera at times.

    But otherwise it was a solid performance by the author, and a great book for anyone that enjoys romance with a more mature couple.

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  • Siobhan

    I’ve read a few Robyn Carr books and find I always enjoy them. Some I enjoy a bit more than others, but I’m always wiling to come back for more. The View from Alameda Island is another enjoyable read, but it does not make it into my top Robyn Carr reads. In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion all my favourite Robyn Carr reads are part of a series, with the standalones not quite wowing me in the same way. That being said, it’s still worth the read and I’d certainly recommend it to fans of the autho

    I’ve read a few Robyn Carr books and find I always enjoy them. Some I enjoy a bit more than others, but I’m always wiling to come back for more. The View from Alameda Island is another enjoyable read, but it does not make it into my top Robyn Carr reads. In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion all my favourite Robyn Carr reads are part of a series, with the standalones not quite wowing me in the same way. That being said, it’s still worth the read and I’d certainly recommend it to fans of the author.

    One thing I always enjoy about Robyn Carr’s work is that the author does not shy away from dealing with topics outside the norm, providing us with very real reads. It’s not one of those dark romances, or one of those angst filled romances, but a very true to life story. You get to look at things from many perspectives, you get a story that mirrors life, and things are very real throughout. As much as I love a good dark romance or an angst filled romance, there’s something about the true to life stories that have me sucked in throughout.

    The View from Alameda Island certainly sucked me in. It had me turning the pages at a rapid pace, curious to see how all the elements came together. It was more than just a single element that had me sucked in, more than wanting to know more about a couple of the characters, as all the different aspects had me wanting to find out more.

    Although The View from Alameda Island is not my favourite Robyn Carr read, it was an enjoyable read and worth it for fans of the author.

  • Kate ☀️ Olson

    (free review copy) Meh. I desperately wanted to like this book, even just because of the cover. But alas, NO. The nicest thing I can say about it is that I think I’ve simply outgrown this insipid and overly-explained /exhaustively-described type of romance/women’s fiction. I probably wouldn’t have finished it but I was so sick while reading it that getting up to grab another book wasn’t an option. The cover is strong, though.

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