Bantam, Mar 2002, 5.99, 400 pp.
In 1811, Lady Joanna Hawkforte pleads with Lord Alex Darcourt to help her find her brother Royce missing for over six months. Joanna believes her sibling is being held prisoner on the fortress island of Akora. Since Alex is half Akoran and half English and is half-brother to Atreus, the Vanax ruler of the island, she believes he can rescue Royce. Alex insists no stranger has come to Akora because he would know.
When Alex sets sail for his home, a desperate Joanna sneaks on board the ship. With dissension even among the Akoran Council over Atreus' efforts to reform society, Joanna is an unwelcome stranger. As Alex struggles to keep the female Xenos safe, they fall in love. However, before exploring a relationship between them, they must deal with an insidious plot to depose the Vanax using the incarceration of Royce to further their cause.
In a short time, Josie Litton has become a fan favorite and her tale will embellish her reputation. Ms. Litton's latest trilogy opens with an exciting Regency romance that takes the two stars refreshingly away from the Ton to an enchanting Shangri-La. The exciting story line enables the audience to taste a culture that is more isolated than most; though insightful, the description paints a place to enlightening and Utopian. Still, DREAM ISLAND is a wonderful tale that fans will enjoy while anxiously awaiting the next story, KINGDOM OF MOONLIGHT, starring Royce and Kassandra (Alex's Akoran sister).
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner