Island on Fire
Publication date: April 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, Thriller
In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, Emilie Dujon discovers that her fiancé, a rich sugar planter, has been unfaithful. Desperate to leave him, she elicits the aid of a voodoo witch doctor and is lured into a shadowy world of black magic and extortion. When the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew ash, she joins a scientific committee sent to investigate the crater. During the journey she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer with a mysterious past.
At the summit, the explorers discover that a second crater has formed and the volcano appears to be on the verge of eruption. But when they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the pressure builds, a deadly mudslide inundates Emilie’s plantation and she disappears. With ash and cinders raining down, chaos ensues. Left with no choice, Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can they escape the doomed city of St. Pierre before it’s too late?
This story ended up not being quite what I had expected, but was actually packed with a lot more amazing story telling than I was prepared for. When I first got wind of this book, I was expecting a classic historical romance novel but what I got was way more thrilling and exciting!
Imagine living on a tropical island, plantations abound with workers, gorgeous fruit and crops growing all around you. Emilie is a young woman living in this paradise and her family has owned their plantation for generations. She is engaged to one of the wealthiest plantation bachelor’s on the island but quickly finds out that his temper is no match for his sumptuous interest in all local women. While Emilie is trying to decide how she can end her engagement without drudging her family through a scandal of ending a very profitable engagement, she is whisked into an adventure.
Emilie is naturally curious about her environment and when the local volcano starts to have a lot of unexpected activity, Emelie jumps at the chance to join a scientific expedition to the crater to investigate. This is how she meets Remy, a new officer on the island and one that is strongly attracted to Emilie, and she to him.
Their adventure is only the beginning as the volcano continues near eruption and the chemistry between Remy and Emilie is building as well. Enjoy this thrilling historical fiction and find yourself caught in the action!
Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews called her “an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”. Her latest novel is Island on Fire, a thriller about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY