Adrian Hartman is the charismatic director of the Serendipity holiday community, set among pine trees on a sunbaked island. His job is to ensure the perfect mindful break, with personal growth and inner peace guaranteed. His guests return year after year to bare their souls. For some, Adrian is Serendipity.
But this year Adrian isn't there, and nobody knows the reason why. Things have changed: staff and guests are bewildered without their leader and the simmering hostility of the local villagers is beginning to boil over. Is the atmosphere of menace connected with Adrian's absence? And will life on the island ever be the same again?
As romance turns sour and conflict threatens the stability of both communities, everyone has to find their own way to survive. This evocative novel explores the effect of well-intentioned tourism on a traditional community and questions the real meaning of getting away from it all.
©2015 Jessica Norrie (P)2016 Jessica Norrie
The story takes a look at what happens when a traditional small island community clashes with the Western interlopers from a nearby holiday camp that offers 'Peace and Happiness'
A very interesting premise and quiet interesting
I don't really know what happened to my interest in this story. It started off well enough, with several interesting characters getting to know one another while staying at a seaside resort. I felt this story had a lot of potential, but somewhere along the line, I lost interest in everyone except Maria.
I'm sure some of it had to do with the monotony of the descriptions of the day to day running of the resort. Perhaps if it had focused more completely on the lives/personalities of the characters as they interacted with one another, it may have made it more interesting.
It's not a bad read, but I was left a bit unfulfilled, and I didn't feel there was closure for any of the characters either.
The narration was good, and the characters personalities really came through in the different voices. A lot of different accents - English, Irish, Australian, American, and the villagers. He did a really good job.
I'm not sure if I would give this author another try, but would definitely check out more by this narrator.
"A fun read"
The 'Infinity Pool' is a fun read. The sense of place is well developed and I could feel the warmth of the sun . There are some interesting characters, none of which was developed i great depth but many had funny little quirks which brought them to life. There are many descriptive paragraphs and sometimes I longed to let my own imagination take over. There are many story lines; in fact there were enough ideas in the latter part of the book for a sequel to save squashing them all into this book. It was an easy and undemanding read, it's not difficult to think that 'Serendipity' actually exists and the characters are drawn from just such a centre. A great holiday read .
"Dull book and terrible reader"
The book was dull and up unbelievable but most of all I simply could not stand listening to the person reading it, quite unbearable.
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