Dreams of the Island
Henry McAvoy leaned forward. “I have been looking for an artist just like you—a diamond in the rough, so to speak. And really, Miss Copley,” he said gently, “what do you have to lose?”
1911, Amherst Island, Canada: When a chance encounter takes Ellen Copley away from the beautiful island she has called home since she was orphaned as a child—she believes it is the new start she has been waiting for.
She settles into an exciting, creative new life in Glasgow, feeling like she’s finally finding her independence. And even though she left a part of her heart back on the island, she’s flattered by the attentions of her handsome, charming benefactor, Henry McAvoy.
But tragedy strikes their fledgling relationship, and soon after war looms over Europe. Emboldened by all she has loved and lost, Ellen leaves Scotland to become a nurse on the front line. And, as she finds herself having to choose between love and duty, desire and bravery, her courage is tested as never before.
The war rages on—and familiar faces appear on the front line, including her childhood sweetheart Jed Lyman and his brother Lucas. Coming face-to-face with her past, Ellen will learn what she is made of. But can she finally decide where her heart truly belongs?
This powerful and uplifting story follows the life and love of Ellen Copley from the magic of Lake Ontario to the bloody battlefields of the First World War and beyond. Perfect for fans of The Oceans Between Us, The Orphan Sisters, and My Name is Eva.
Previously published as On Renfrew Street.
Readers love Dreams of the Island:
“This book was just a total escape for me, which I need due to the pandemic right now… I can’t say how much I loved this book.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“Simply amazing… Hewitt paints such a vivid picture whether it is in describing Amherst Island, Scotland and even the people themselves… The storyline just flows so effortlessly and I found myself reading it slowly so I could savor everything… I didn’t want the story to end… If you love a sweeping Historical Fiction story with a character you can’t help but love, then you definitely will want to start this wonderfully amazing series.” Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews, 5 stars
“Wow wow wow… Loved it!” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“My expectations for this book were incredibly high and I am glad to say it certainly didn’t disappoint… An emotional journey. I truly felt every emotion… Truly captivated me from beginning to end, and I struggled to put the book down at times as I was so invested in the story and the characters’ lives. Heart-breaking, Heart-warming, and so beautifully written. The story really captured my heart and I know without a doubt it is a story that will stay with me for a long time.” Victoria Wilks, 5 stars
“Omg I love this series. I seriously inhaled the book.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“A beautifully written book which will really touch your heart and I cannot recommend it highly enough.” Christian Novel Review, 5 stars
“This book had me turning the pages so fast to see what would happen with Ellen and those that she loves so much… I cannot wait until I can read the next book.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Amazing…This engrossing page-turner will have you cheering Ellen on and grabbing for the tissues. [She] will feel like a best friend and a sister… This was a great read.” PageTurners Blog, 5 stars
“I’ve fallen hard for Ellen and her world… I loved every word of this.” The Book Lovers Boudoir, 5 stars