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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Read The World - Aruba - An Island Away

Book: An Island Away
Auhtor: Daniel Putkowski
Pages: 496
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: NO (but he lives there part time)
I have visited: NO

This is my 14th read for the year

This is the story of the other side of Aruba - the side that the tourist don't see.  This book covers a big part of the Caribbean that is hardly ever seen - the world of brothels and bars.  Told mostly from the perspective of characters Luz (a whore), Sam (a part time Arubian), Charlie (a bar owner) and Beck (a sailor), readers are given an insight into this darker part of the island.  Luz is trying to make fast money for her son and her family back in Columbia before they lose their home there.  Sam is an elder gentleman that has been married 3 times and is still looking for "the one" and thinks that Luz might be it.  Beck has come to Aruba is a washed up passenger when the ship he was on crashes and sinks.  Lucky to be alive, Charlie, Sam and Luz nurse him back to health.  Charlie - the mediator - is constanly telling the men to not fall in love, and keep their distance, but they don't want to listen.  In the end, Luz needs to decide what - and who - are best for her family and her son to secure her future.

This book wasn't great.  I didn't want to read it - had put it off for a long time because I started it and didn't like it.  However,in researching books for Aruba, this one kept being recommended over and over as one of the best sellers there.  So, I decided to give it another try.  It wasn't poorly written - not at all.  It is actually well wrtiten.  But it isn't my style.  It is a bit raunchy and sort of a romance novel mixed in with a look at this side of one of the most beautiful tourist islands.  And it is LONG for this type of novel. 

Because this isn't my style of writing, I don't recommend it.  However if you like a little bit of a racy book about prostitutes and the men around them - then this book is for you.

Stars: 3


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