Fire on Montserrat: A Caribbean Love Story by Catherine Dorsette was officially launched at the Montserrat Public Library on Thursday, February 11.
Friends and family attended the launch to celebrate the release of the author’s fifth book project.
Librarian Sonja Smith said the book takes you on a journey from a very challenging time in Montserrat’s history – the volcanic eruptions to present day. She said novels were an important way to capture the experiences of that time and preserve them for future generations.
Dorsette told the intimate gathering that the idea for Fire on Montserrat came about in 2015 when the island was commemorating the 20th anniversary of the start of the eruptions. As she was not familiar with some of the villages which were destroyed, her husband Rudolph assisted her in identifying suitable places from which the hero and heroine could be live.
Melissa O’Garro said she favours thrillers and suspense novels but was drawn to the book and was absolutely impressed with the quality of the writing and how the story pulled her in. She commended the author for writing such an interesting take on Montserrat’s journey through the eyes of the lovers and she encouraged others to purchase the book as well.
Other fans also gave high praises for the book and said it was a wonderful read.
Special thanks was given to the media and the staff of the library for making the event possible.