Recently I’ve been given the opportunity to read The Foot of the Volcano, a lovely debut novel by Deiana Denise Sutherland. This is a work of romantic fiction which explores loyalty, friendship, family, parenthood, and the enduring nature of true love. It’s an intriguing story of a young girl named Natalie, who comes of age in the beautiful Caribbean, alongside her best friend Tommy. Her journey takes her through many twists and turns as she grows up, just like real life does for us all.
This was a very engaging book and the story moved along nicely from the beginning to the end. The author does a great job at giving the protagonist Natalie a voice that is true to life. Readers are treated to witnessing this character’s life from her childhood through to her adulthood. Reading this book made me think of my own life and how I have grown from a girl into a woman. I love books with a complex female protagonist, so I enjoyed the journey with this character and her family.
I really enjoyed this book because of its universality and yet the author gives us an interesting insight into the culture and the people of the Caribbean. Natalie and her family deal with real life issues and their share of ups and downs throughout the book. I found this refreshing as a reader and it made me want to continue reading in order to see what happened next. I really enjoyed The Foot of the Volcano!