Date Published: December 1, 2022
Publisher: Cumulus Publishing
In May 1939, when Professor Carl Mueller, his wife, Esther, and their three
children flee Nazi Germany, and find refuge on the paradise island of Cuba,
they are all full of hopes and dreams for a safe and happy future.
But those dreams are shattered when Carl and Esther are confronted by a
ghost from their past, and old betrayals return to haunt them.
The turbulent years of political corruption leading to Batista’s
dictatorship, forces the older children to take very different paths to
pursue their own dangerous dreams.
And – among the chaos and the conflict that finally leads to Castro’s
revolution and victory in 1959, an unlikely love begins to grow – a love
that threatens the whole family.
Having escaped a war-torn Europe, their Island of Dreams is to tear them
Island of Dreams was written with the swagger and finesse of an experienced author.
This was a well-crafted tale that transports the reader back in time. Grounded in historical fact and replete with authentic detail, this book will resonate with readers.
Duffin balances action, description, and character development deftly; the pacing is excellent.
A solid read.
About the Author
I am an award-winning British screenwriter, who was on the first writing
team of the BBC’s EASTENDERS, and won the Writers’ Guild Award
for Best TV serial for CORONATION STREET. I was Head of Development at Cloud
9 Screen Entertainment Group, producing seven major television series,
including ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ starring Richard ‘John
Boy’ Thomas, and ‘Twist in the Tale’, featuring William
Shatner. I was co-creator of the UK Channel Five teen-cult drama series
‘THE TRIBE’, which ran for five series.
I have written three novels, CHICAGO MAY, BIRTH OF THE MALL RATS [an intro
to the TV series THE TRIBE], and ISLAND OF DREAMS which will be published in
CHICAGO MAY is the first book of a two-part series.