Blessed Island is a truly stress-free place. There are no cars to pollute the air with smoke and noise, no cell phones to distract people from real connections. Itâ€™s so peaceful that reporter Eric Seven just canâ€™t seem to motivate himself to collect the research he needs to write an article about the remote island community and itâ€™s rumored fountain of youth. The villagers are friendly and generous, and thereâ€™s always another cup of tea to sip, another delicious meal to eat, another nap to take. Soon heâ€™s been there for several days and itâ€™s getting harder and harder to remember why he came. All he knows is that it had something to do with flowers, and the young woman named Merle. Eric feels certain theyâ€™ve met before, although he doesnâ€™t know how since Merleâ€™s never left Blessed Island and heâ€™s never been. Or has he? In seven cleverly intertwined short stories, author Marcus Sedgwick weaves a classic yet wholly original tale of blessings and curses, love and loyalty, bitterness and revenge. Each story is like an interlocking puzzle piece that forms a fascinating picture by the immensely satisfying end. Â As a reader, I was completely captivated by the storytelling and as a writer, utterly blown away with the razor sharp execution of plot, clues and character. It’s an absolute stunner of a mystery and romance and I will be madly recommending it to everyone I know.