On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
Published By: Plume / Penguin Publishing
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Format: Paperback - 336 pages / Kindle - 596 KB / Nook - 640 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
About The Author:
Tracey Garvis-Graves is the author of On the Island and Covet. She lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. She blogs at www.traceygarvisgraves.com using colorful language and a snarky sense of humor to write about pop culture, silly television shows, and her suburban neighborhood.
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Get swept away this summer with the fiction phenomenon of the season, On The Island, on sale July 10, 2012!
Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Beautiful and energetic, she has become worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that's going nowhere. Needing escape and possibly adventure, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.
T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere, not that anyone asked him. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives, catching up on all the school he missed last year, instead of his social life.
When the unlikely pair board a private plane headed to the Callahan's summer home, they have no idea their lives are about to change forever. As they fly over the Maldives' twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their pilot has a heart attack mid-air and their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. Somehow, they make it to shore alive, but only to discover that they're stranded on an uninhabited island with little aside from the clothes on their backs.
At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter many obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the looming possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return.
Their bond grows along with their passing birthdays, and Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
My Book Review:
Anna Emerson is a thirty year old high school English teacher, who has been hired to tutor sixteen year old T.J. Callahan during the summer at the family's summer rental in the Maldive Islands. T.J. is in remission from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and needs to catch up on his school work that he missed while he had been out of school.
T.J.'s parents and sister have flown down to the islands a few days ahead of him and Anna. What should have been an eighteen hour flight from Chicago to Male, the capital city of the Maldive Islands, is anything but smooth ...
On the last leg of their trip from Male International Airport to their island retreat (the Maldive Islands has 1,200 islands), Anna and T.J. find out that they don't have a reservation on the last seaplane departing for the day. Even after Anna insists that she has confirmed their reservation, the ticket agent claims that the plane is full and their names are not listed on the reservation list. Thinking that they will have to spend the night at the airport, Anna calls T.J.'s mom, Jane, and lets her know that their arrival will be delayed a day. But at the last minute, the ticket agent tells them that Mick, a charter pilot will fly them to their island on his seaplane. While flying over the ocean with a two hour flight, Mick thinks he has a bad case of heartburn, but he suffers a fatal heart attack and the seaplane crashes into the Indian Ocean.
Anna and T.J. are adrift in the ocean overnight and the current carries them towards an uninhabited island, where they swim ashore. Stranded, neither are prepared for what lies ahead ...
This is the story of their survival on the uninhabited island, and the bond that grew between them as the days turn to weeks, weeks turn to months, months turn to years.
On the Island is a hauntingly beautiful story of two people's survival and the bond that is formed while stranded on an uninhabited island. The author weaves an enchanting storyline that will pull at your heartstrings. Told in the first person narrative with alternating perspectives of Anna and T.J., the reader will get to know the characters through their intense and intimate emotions, interactions, and chemistry. You can't help but embrace Anna and T.J.'s story, it is one of those stories that draw you in from the start and stays with you as you turn the pages.
Rich in vivid details and descriptions of the Maldive Islands, the author easily transports the reader to the beautiful paradise setting. The description of their adventure and survival on the island is intriguing, from the highs to the lows, the challenges and struggles, the friendship and love, the reader will feel the gamut of emotions as if they were on a roller coaster ride.
The author has created a wonderful pair of characters in Anna and T.J. They are a realistic, strong, emotional and tenderhearted couple, who will sneak into your heart as their intimate story of survival and love unfolds before you. I loved how their bond strengthened them and gradually developed into a beautiful relationship that is so intimate and built on the trust, friendship and love that was borne from their stranding on the island over a lengthy period of time.
On the Island is a poignant story that is deeply moving and will stay with you long after the last page is read. Kudos to author Tracey Garvis Graves on a wonderful debut novel. I look forward to reading more of her novels in the future.
RATING: 5 STARS *****
* Virtual Book Promotional Tour *
Thank you for participating in the On the Island Event! This week in addition to reviews and posts, select blogs are hosting a word from the author's favorite quotes in the book as a Scavenger Hunt! There is one quote from Anna and one from T.J. Visit each stop this week to find the hidden words (they will be numbered for order) and after July 22nd, submit your answer to the quotes here! Random winners for books and swag will be chosen and notified by July 29th.
Also, the week of July 23-27, there will be even more events and chances to win the book and swag!
* Monday, July 23 at 8:00 pm CST - Chat with the author Tracey Garvis Graves! We will be chatting with the author on Savor Chats: http://www.savorchat.com/chat/on-the-island-chat. Come join us! (You can sign in with Twitter or Facebook)
* Each day look at #ontheisland on Twitter for random shout outs to win books and swag! www.twitter.com/@Tale_of_Reviews.
* On the Island was released in bookstores on Tuesday, July 10th! If you see the book in stores or 'in the wild' take a picture. Please tweet it and use hash tag #ontheisland. Or you can post it to Facebook! Please submit Twitter and Facebook links of your post / tweet here! All entries need to be submitted by July 29th.
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