By Eleanor M. Wilson
204 pages, 2011
$15.95, paperback; $9.99, e-book
For anyone who ever wanted to live in the Caribbean, run a beach bar and become immersed in the doings of everyday island life, here's the book for you.
The author, who lived in the Caribbean for 18 years, threaded her own experiences of island life throughout this story -- part truth, part fiction -- set on the made-up island of St. Simon.
Liz Martin, middle-aged divorcee, faces the threat of a large hotel chain encroaching the beach next to her Sundowner bar.
The island could use a new influx of tourists, but most Sighers (island people) are against such a huge change to their lifestyle and landscape.
Challenged, Liz and her ragtag group of misfit friends must save their cherished island life from the interlopers next door.
"Even the Bushes Talk" (the title is a reference to island gossip, rumors, babble and speculation that swirls continuously in the tight-knit community) is a fun read.
Given the expansion plans by mega-developers taking place throughout the real-life Caribbean these days, it's not far from the truth. -- G.N.M.