Shelf Candy Saturday (7) Somber Island by T.Lynne Tolles

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Somber Island by T. Lynne Tolles

Pheobe MacIntire, who is a servant to her father and sisters in her own house in Scotland in 1855, is an ordinary girl, with no big dreams for the future. She's perfectly happy in her humble life, with her cot in the basement and her little garden in the backyard. But when her father up and sends her to Newfoundland to be the lifelong servant to Lord Jacobs, she finds her life gets turned upside down.

Her journey across the Atlantic to her new home is long, scary and very unpleasant. When she arrives at the manor on a small island, she finds the beautiful place abandoned and only a note waits for her explaining her duties, the strange dietary requirements, and sleeping habits of her new master.

The very first night in her new home she's haunted in her dreams by a woman who clearly does not want her there and a strange blue-eyed man-wolf creature that follows the woman. Her dreams become more and more violent and mysteries start to be uncovered about a woman who was killed in a fire on the island, a creature that preys on anyone that comes to the island and a love story gone wrong that dates back over a hundred and twenty two years.

Join Phoebe as she explores the past, delving into witchcraft, and vampirism to help a brother save another from a life of sadness and misconception, making some amazing and surprising friends along the  way.

I really like this cover. It's dark and dreary with splashes of red which make for great contrast. The girl on the cover is almost awkward but it really works. There's also some interesting details if you look closer, like the candle she's holding, the illumination around her head, and how her hair looks like it's dripping red.

Author's Site
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Somber Island on Amazon
Somber Island on Barnes & Nobles
My Review of Somber Island


  1. Wow striking cover. That black dress with the red of her hair... and... is her hair dripping blood?

  2. What a gorgeous cover. Its dark and beautiful.

    thanks for sharing

  3. Hi, there! What a GORGEOUS cover!! Yes, it's somber (which fits perfectly with the title, of course!) and even creepy, but beautiful, just the same! The artwork is very well done, and the composition is perfect.

    You mentioned that it looks like her hair is "dripping red". It certainly does. And I'm wondering if that could be blood...

    Anyway...thanks for sharing!! : )

  4. You are so right, the hair is a bit creepy, it def looks like it's dripping blood :) pretty cover! Lol but the word: wolf-creature was a big turn-off hahahaha


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