By Lily Everett
St. Martin's Press, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781250018397, 303pp.
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
"An incredible story of love, forgiveness, healing, and joy." Debbie Macomber, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author on Lily Everett's "Sanctuary Island"
Dr. Ben Faulkner is a veterinarian on warm, welcoming Sanctuary Island, a refuge for wild horses. Though he's dedicated his life to healing animals and rescuing the ones no one wants, Ben is nursing deep wounds of his own. After tragedy tore his family apart, he gave up his dreams of finding happiness long ago until Merry Preston arrives on the island. Vivacious, friendly, and instantly loveable, Merry is everything Ben is not. She's also nine months pregnant and attempting to carve out a new life for herself and her unborn child.
Though Ben tries to keep his distance, when a raging storm cuts them off from the mainland, he's forced to help bring her new baby into the world. It's a harrowing experience that leaves him with one great certainty: "I want these two to be my family. "Seeing his opportunity, he makes a dramatic proposal to the young mother: a marriage of convenience. If Merry marries him, he'll draw up a contract naming her son as his heir and promising to provide for them both. But as they'll learn, love is more than a business proposition and it'll take all the magic hidden in Sanctuary Island to turn Ben's proposal into something real and lasting.
"Enjoy your trip to Sanctuary Island I guarantee you won't want to leave." Bella Andre, "New York Times" bestselling author
Praise for Sanctuary Island
“I didn’t read this book, I inhaled it. An incredible story of love, forgiveness, healing and joy. “ –Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Sanctuary Island is a novel to curl up with and enjoy by a crackling fire or on a sunny beach. It’s a beautifully told story of hope and forgiveness, celebrating the healing power of love. Lily Everett writes with warmth, wisdom and deep insight. The island, with its wild horses and natural beauty, is a place of dreams, and the story will live in your heart long after the book is closed." –Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Willow Lake series
“I loved it! A rare find.” –Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author of The First Love Cookie Club
“A heartwarming, emotional, extremely romantic story that I couldn't read fast enough! Enjoy your trip to Sanctuary Island! I guarantee you won't want to leave.” --Bella Andre, New York Times bestselling author of The Sullivan series
“With richly nuanced characters and able plotting…Everett’s sweet contemporary debut illustrates the power of forgiveness and the strength of relationships that may falter but never fail.” –Publishers Weekly
"I loved learning about Sanctuary Island and I felt as if I was there seeing and feeling everything first hand. A wonderful book to get lost in for a few hours. I definitely recommend it to other readers." – Night Owl Reviews
“The nostalgic, almost introspective story of a young woman, the mother who neglected her, and the wounded man who will walk the road to a happy ending with her. The story is the perfect blend of Romance and Woman’s fiction that will equally satisfy readers of both genres as well as those who meet in the middle.” – Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Everett’s newest novel is stirring. She skillfully blends the tender story of two daughters reuniting with their estranged mother with the love story of two emotionally closed people desperately trying to move toward each other. Readers will eagerly anticipate its sequel.” – RT Bookreviews
“I couldn’t help but fall in love with Sanctuary Island and want to move there myself. This was an enchanting romance that swept me away!” –Books N Kisses
“Lily has a talent for metaphors that make me melt…and I love the way she ties the story together. I’m so looking forward to the next book in the series.” --USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog
“Everett captures the very special relationship sisters have….A good comfort read, Sanctuary Island a very peaceful place where you could cure all of your ills with ease.” –A Bookish Affair
“A satisfying read about family, loyalty, taking risks, and love that any fan of women’s fiction would enjoy.” –Kindles and Wine
"A riveting tale of overcoming fear and emotional roadblocks, SANCTUARY ISLAND makes you fall in love with the island and its inhabitants. Author Lily Everett brings tears, laughter and a happy-ever-after smile to your face while you're experiencing her well-written, compassionate novel. I highly recommend SANCTUARY ISLAND as a "no excuses" emotional fight for a happy life in a book that hits home with real-to-life characters." – Romance Junkies
"SANCTUARY ISLAND is indeed a wonderful place to escape to...a place where dreams and healing walk hand in hand." –Romance Reviews Today
"A remarkable debut that perfectly blends family, forgiveness, love, and hope into one richly rewarding story." – Reader to Reader