Thursday, August 18, 2022

Audio Book Review: One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

Publisher: Random House Audio
Genre: Adult Fiction/Audio Book
Pub. Date: February 15, 2022
Source: Personal Copy
Other Books By Author: One Day in December
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads says, "Spending her thirtieth birthday alone is the last thing that dating columnist Cleo wanted, but she is going on a self-coupling quasi-sabbatical--at the insistence of her boss--in the name of re-energizing herself and adding a new perspective to her column. The remote Irish island she's booked is a far cry from London, but at least it's a chance to hunker down in a luxury cabin and indulge in some quiet, solitary self-care while she figures out her next steps in her love life and her career. Mac is also looking forward to some time to himself. With his life in Boston deteriorating in ways he can't bring himself to acknowledge, his soul searching has brought him to the same Irish island in search of his roots and some clarity. Unfortunately, a mix-up with the bookings means both solitude seekers have reserved the same one-bedroom hideaway on exactly the same dates. Instantly at odds with each other, Cleo and Mac don't know how they're going to manage until the next weekly ferry arrives. But as the days go by, they no longer seem to mind each other's company quite as much as they thought they would... Written with Josie Silver's signature warmth, charm and insights into the human heart, One Night on the Island explores the meaning of home, the joys of escape and how the things we think we want are never the things we really need."


Cleo Wilder is about to turn thirty and her career, as well as her love life, is in a slump.  Cleo is a dating columnist and her boss sends her as a retreat of sorts to a remote Irish island to re-center herself. It's very different than her life in busy London, but maybe this is just what she needs to figure out her next step. She has rented a luxurious cabin on Salvation Island, but her plans go awry when there's another person who has booked her cabin.  A one Mac Sullivan, who is visiting the island for some rest after his marriage went up in flames.  Both Cleo and Mac realize that only one person can stay in the cabin, so who will go?  Unfortunately, just when they figure out who is going to leave, ferry service off the island has been suspended and there's no where else to stay on the island. Cue the drama.  Until ferry service is back, both Cleo and Mac have to live together in this cabin and as they do, they get to know each other better. Cleo finds out what exactly brings Mac to this remote island and Mac gets to connect with Cleo further.  Before they know it, both they both are connecting like they never thought they would.  Josie Silver's One Night on the Island is a sweet audio book about finding love in unexpected places.

Cleo and Mac are such great characters in One Night on the Island. I really enjoyed their story and how they went from sort-of-enemies-to something more. Cleo is in a slump and Mac has his own baggage, so it was nice to have such complex, mature characters represented.  While I enjoyed both Cleo and Mac, I didn't always connect with them like I wanted to.  

One aspect of One Night on the Island that I enjoyed was Silver's depictions of a remote Irish island and its quirky residents. The townspeople, their customs, and the way life is lived on the island had me laughing out loud at times. It reminded me a bit of Oakley's The Invisible Husband of Frick Island.

The audio of One Night on the Island was well done. It was narrated by Eleonor Tomlinson, who I have enjoyed in the past, and Davis Brooks.  Their accents truly brought the story to life and I enjoyed the narration overall.

While I liked One Day in December a bit more than One Night on the Island, as I felt it packed more of an emotional punch, it was still a solid read for fans of Silver, Beth O'Leary, as well as realistic stories with happy endings.  So, are you a fan of Josie Silver? Have you read One Night on the Island? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  





  1. I thought this was a solid read, too. I enjoyed Cleo's journey.

    1. Me too! I especially liked the setting. Thanks for visiting, Angela!


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