Saturday, April 20, 2013

On the Island - Tracey Garvis-Graves

$7.99 on Kindle
When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

First thoughts after....
This is exactly how I like a stand alone novel to end!  

How distracted did I get?
On the Island is an addictive Action/Adventure/Romance/Suspense everything all rolled into 1 neat little bow!  (I've created my own little phrase)  Anna needed a break and boy did she get it and not in the best way.  She's a tough cookie and I loved reading her story.  I loved TJ he's a man after a girls heart and a wonderful leading man.  Every time we stopped while running errands around town I picked up my book!  On the Island is a must read if you like any or all of those genres from above!

I give On the Island.....

5 Baskets


  1. Didn't you just adore this book? I read the blurb and thought: Ick. Luckily, I took a chance on it and it's one of my favorites of 2012.

  2. So glad you loved OTI as much as I did, Tobi! And Tracey Garvis-Graves has a new book coming out in Sept. I have the ARC and can't wait to read it!