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One Night on the Island by Josie Silver: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

Have you ever been drawn to and compelled to read a book? You feel this connection to it and this need to read it, without much consideration for the plot, author, or setting. Well, that was how I felt about One Night on the Island by Josie Silver. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)

Turns out it was an incredible selection for me. That's because it's not just a romance between a beautiful woman and a hot guy. While a good portion of the book is spent on that, it was also about the main character, Cleo, learning to love, accept, and advocate for herself.

Whether you're currently reading the book and have questions, thinking about reading it, or have finished it and are looking for more books like One Night On the Island, then continue reading because you'll find both answers and recommendations below. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

What Is One Night on the Island About?

Cleo is a dating columnist who is struggling with the idea of turning 30. So, when she’s given the choice between a surprise birthday party or an assignment to "marry herself" on a remote island in Ireland, she somewhat begrudgingly chooses the latter.

Once she arrives on the island though, she finds her lodgings have been double booked with Mack, a photographer from the United States. Unfortunately, both characters are stubborn and with nowhere else to stay on the island, they decide to stay together in the one-room cabin. Slowly, the animosity toward one another and the situation dissipates, and when it does the two throw each other into a passionate vacation romance.

What Genre is One Night on the Island?

One Night on the Island is a fictional contemporary romance novel. It features a stuck-together/forced proximity trope.

How Long Does It Take to Read One Night on the Island?

According to How Long to Read, it would take the average reader approximately 5 hours and 19 minutes to read One Night on the Island. The paperback version is 368 pages.

What Is the Age Rating For One Night on the Island?

While not the smuttiest romance book out there, One Night on the Island does feature sexual content and is therefore suitable for mature audiences.

How Old Are the Main Characters in One Night on the Island?

In One Night on the Island, we have two main characters: Cleo Wilder who is a 30-year-old dating columnist from London and Mack Sullivan who is a 35-year-old photographer and father from Boston.

Does One Night on the Island Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - One Night on the Island has a happy ending! While Cleo and Mack agreed to leave their relationship behind when they left the island, that doesn't end up happening. Not only do they deeply miss one another when Mack leaves but they quickly break their no-contact pact. As they try to bear the break-up and return to life as normal, Mack returns to trying to patch up things with his estranged wife. It seems close to happening when it all comes to a halt at the exhibition of his photographs from his time on the island. At that point, Mack returns to Salvation Island to see Cleo and tell her that he wants to be with her even if it means only seeing each other occasionally in Boston or on Salvation Island.

Where Does One Night on the Island Take Place?

One Night on the Island takes place on a remote island off the coast of Ireland called Salvation Island, or Slánú as it's known by the locals. Unfortunately, “One Night on the Island is a work of fiction. Places are the products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously," so you sadly will not be able to recreate Cleo and Mack's vacation for yourself.

5 Books Like One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

If you enjoyed this book as much as I did, then I completely understand why you would want to find more books like it. In fact, here are five similar books to One Night on the Island by Josie Silver to consider reading net:

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

1. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

There is no shortage of opposites-attract, forced proximity, and vacation romances out there to choose from. But if you want one as similar to One Night On the Island as possible, then it has to have the same level of depth and meaning to it. Fortunately, The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker fits that bill. Here's a description of it: "Calla was two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild. At 26, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla knows it’s time to return. While she struggles to adjust to this new subarctic environment, Jonah—the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs. As time passes though, Jonah and Calla's relationship shifts. But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish to take the same path her parents tried - and failed at - years ago. Right?"

The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther

2. The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther

There's a lot that's different between One Night On the Island and The Summer of Broken Rules. At the heart of the two though, they're both about couples who unexpectedly fall in love, in a short period of time, in picture-esque locations. Here's a description of it if that sounds up your alley: "Meredith Fox has been going to Martha's Vineyard for the summer as long as she can remember. But this summer is the first one back since the tragic death of her sister. Having the entire extended family back together for her cousin's big wedding was going to be challenging enough, but now she's also going to be dateless since she just got dumped. Luckily, her family's game of Assassin will be the perfect distraction. But her target just happens to be a very cute groomsman. She's determined to not let herself get distracted, but as the week progresses, she can't help falling for him, which may cost her not only the game, but also her heart."

Beach Read by Emily Henry

3. Beach Read by Emily Henry

How do you feel about reading another forced proximity vacation romance book? If you're up for it, then I'd recommend Beach Read by Emily Henry. While it's similar to One Night On the Island in this aspect, it's also quite different so you shouldn't be bored by it. Here's what it's about: "Augustus and January might both be authors, but they couldn't be more different. She pens happily ever afters, while he kills off his main characters. The only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they'll be living in neighboring beach houses, attempting to shake a serious case of writer's block. Then, one evening, the two strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult. Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. At least, that's the plan..."

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

While Eat, Pray, Love might be the oldest book on the list (side note: can you believe Eat, Pray, Love is 16 years old!?), it's similar to One Night on the Island in that both books are about self-love and acceptance. Not to mention, throughout the book the main character travels, falls in love, and becomes part of a found family. Sound familiar? In case you haven't heard of this book before, here's a description: "Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she had everything an American woman was supposed to want - a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, and another failed love. To recover, Gilbert set out on a solo yearlong journey to Italy, India, and Indonesia. Her aim was to go where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. This is the story of that year."

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

5. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Is this book about two complete opposites who fall in love in forced proximity? Yes, in this way, Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert is like One Night On the Island. Besides that, it's the feeling I got reading these two books that makes them so similar. They're just both so adorably heartwarming. Here's what it's about: "Eve Brown and Jacob Wayne couldn't be more different. She's a free spirit, while he's a bed and breakfast owner who expects nothing less than perfection. So when Eve turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car... Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the sunny, purple-haired tornado named Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. These two are natural-born nemesis, but the longer they together spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else."


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