Book Tour & Book Review: Island of Dreams by Harry Duffin #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway #historicalfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @duffin26



Historical Fiction

Date Published: December 1, 2022

Publisher:  Cumulus Publishing


In May 1939, when Professor Carl Mueller, his wife, Esther, and their three children flee Nazi Germany, and find refuge on the paradise island of Cuba, they are all full of hopes and dreams for a safe and happy future.

But those dreams are shattered when Carl and Esther are confronted by a ghost from their past, and old betrayals return to haunt them.

The turbulent years of political corruption leading to Batista’s dictatorship, forces the older children to take very different paths to pursue their own dangerous dreams.

And - among the chaos and the conflict that finally leads to Castro’s revolution and victory in 1959, an unlikely love begins to grow - a love that threatens the whole family.

Having escaped a war-torn Europe, their Island of Dreams is to tear them apart forever.


This is quite the journey. This was a great blend of historical accurateness, politics and life, romance and drama, it was a good read and had me thinking how the events related to history.
There is a lot of ups and downs and I was amazed by the emotion the author is able to evoke. 
 It went back and forth at just the right intervals for me. I enjoyed it and will pass it on.

About the Author

I am an award-winning British screenwriter, who was on the first writing team of the BBC’s EASTENDERS, and won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best TV serial for CORONATION STREET. I was Head of Development at Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment Group, producing seven major television series, including ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ starring Richard ‘John Boy’ Thomas, and ‘Twist in the Tale’, featuring William Shatner. I was co-creator of the UK Channel Five teen-cult drama series ‘THE TRIBE’, which ran for five series.

I have written three novels, CHICAGO MAY, BIRTH OF THE MALL RATS [an intro to the TV series THE TRIBE], and ISLAND OF DREAMS which will be published in December 2022.

CHICAGO MAY is the first book of a two-part series.

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  1. This seems like a great melding of genres.

  2. Thanks for sharing Island of Dreams with me, Harry, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like an excellent and riveting read! Good luck with your book!

    Thanks, Texas Book Nook, for sharing your review!

    Have a magical holiday season!