Heather Rodney-Diaz has stormed the literary world with her debut Island Pursuits, which is set in Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean essence was captured when the author incorporated native lingo such as “yuh cannot walk in here and do as yuh please”.
Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? Adrian Mendez (Afro-Latino) is a 32 year old ex-Marine now soldier who has no qualms of identifying himself as “African-American-Hispanic-Trinidadian”. After an emotional breakup Mendez decided moving to the island would soothe his broken heart.
Cory Phillips (black and Indian) is an educated, feisty, dramatic heroine who doesn’t think twice about putting on a show to get her point across. Her characteristics are quickly displayed when her car is stolen from the parking lot where she was enjoying a New Year’s celebration. Detesting anyone in uniform Phillip doesn’t anticipate much help from the police department.
No one would have ever thought Cory would have fallen for someone in uniform due to an unspoken situation. Her emotions are in disarray when it’s clear that her relationship with Adrian has caused her to lose a best friend and much more. When she discovers Adrian withheld a dreadful secret, she’s immediately taken back to a point in her life she wished never existed. Although Adrian omitted the truth, I applauded his efforts as he mended each obstacle for inner peace.
It took a few chapters for me to really get into the story line but overall Island Pursuits turned out to be a nice read. There are several grammatical errors but nothing that hindered me from finishing the novel. The drama between Cory and her friend Kerry was never expanded on which was disappointing. Hopefully the author will enlighten us about the situation in her next release.
-Reviewed by LaMona