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The Island Series (Eilandliefde-serie)

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Original Language: Dutch | 330 pp. | February 2018

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. Dutch.

Over 40,000 copies sold in total

English sample available for Dune Grass

WOMEN’S FICTION

Started as a daily serial on Facebook, the Island Series quickly gained a large, loyal and dedicated online fan base in The Netherlands and Belgium. The serial will now be published as a series of four interlinking books about friendship, love, and life’s burning questions against the beautiful backdrop of nature, beach and sea of the much-loved Dutch Wadden Sea Islands: Dune Grass, Storm Wind, Spring Tide and Slack Water.

DUNE GRASS (Duingras) – Book 1 (February 2018)

Wende Freriks has reached a turning point in her life: she has dropped out of college and, quite unexpectedly, her boyfriend breaks off their relationship. On a whim, she books a two-week holiday on one of the Wadden Sea Islands, to come to terms with these sudden changes in direction and to figure out what she really wants in life.

In Big Fish, the only beach pavilion on the island, she accidentally meets the owner Axel and his best friend Vincent: two complete opposites. Vincent is happy-go-lucky and a ladies’ man, while Axel proves serious and inaccessible. Before long, Wende finds herself a regular customer and friendships develop as she gets a taste of island life. Her old life seems far away. Besides genuine friendship, she also finds herself shyly developing deeper feelings for broody Axel, although she tries not to: her newfound freedom should be relished first. But then her ex shows up and turns everything on its head…

STORM WIND (Stormwind) – Book 2 (February 2018)

Vincent is a surfer, a happy-go-lucky maverick. So, when his best friend Axel no longer needs his help to run Big Fish, the beach pavilion, because Axel’s new lover Wende has taken his place, he is more than happy to resume his old life of freedom. He exchanges the Wadden Sea island for San Diego to hang with the surf crowd there, enjoying a no-strings-attached lifestyle in the sun. But after three months, he finds himself bored. He keeps thinking about his friend Axel, about kitesurfing, about… something he can’t yet name.

He returns to the island to find that eighteen-year-old Milena, Wende’s niece, who has fled a traumatic experience and needs the healing peace and quiet at the island, has moved in with Axel and Wende. And while Vincent jumps back into things at Big Fish, and helps develop all kinds of plans Wende has come up with, he finds himself feeling more and more responsible for Milena’s well-being. But will she be able to trust him?

SPRING TIDE (Springvloed) – Book 3 (July 2018)

Mayke Ferwerda was born on the island, and knows without a doubt that she wants to stay there her whole life. But there aren’t many jobs, and it’s even harder to find a soul mate with similar ideas about the future. Luckily she’s up and running quite well: her job as a chef at Big Fish is the best thing that ever happened to her. And she has a boyfriend, even if he’s not ideal.

The only thing annoying her is the fact that the beach pavillion is saved from bankrupcy by Cam, a rich kid with nothing to do but surf. And now that arrogant man is hanging around her kitchen all the time – he’s even sort of her boss! Or could he be less annoying than he seems at first sight?

SLACK WATER (Tegenstroom) – Book 4 – (July 2018)

Martin Freriks has been in love with Elodie Rombouts, the prettiest girl in school, for as long as he can remember. She is now a famous New York based model, and he is now with Gwen instead – but has never forgotten Elodie. When his relationship with Gwen hits a tough spot, he seeks refuge on the island, where his sister Wende is about to give a party in Big Fish. When she proposes to invite Elodie as a surpise act for the party, his old crush suddenly comes much too close for comfort.

Another lover from the past is also stirring up dirt: Vincent is madly in love with Milena, but one day his summer fling Mandy turns up. She can’t forget him and is deeply hurt by the fact that Vincent is now serious with another girl. Mandy is out of her depth, but sometimes love comes unexpectedly…

Jackie van Laren (Amsterdam, 1968) has two passions in life: music and stories. She started writing fiction, poetry, and music early on, and went on to study Dutch and English. She was a night owl and a regular act in the Dutch pop scene, now with a career in publishing.