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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466363215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466363212
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,449 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The relationship between Anna and TJ was sweet and sexy and very real...the idea of their age difference was neither a shock nor unbelievable. The bonds created between individuals under duress are strong and enduring. And the romantic in me loved it as well." ~ Cricket, Mostly Fantasy

"So much more than a simple survivor story, On the Island takes two highly developed characters--both at turning points in their lives--and forces them into an endurance situation which will alter them both forever. Both characters were incredibly realistic." ~ Jesi, Diary of a Bibliophile

"On the Island is a clever, captivating story. The characters will live in your thoughts long after you turn the last page."  ~ Meira Pentermann, author of Firefly Beach

"I wish all books were this well thought out and developed. It exceeded my expectations. A 4 star book for me is one that I can't put down. A 5 star is when I put it down and I can't stop thinking about it for days. Fun, dramatic, serious, and sweet, but it will make you think about your own life and relationships." ~ Kate, Amazon review

"On the Island had an extremely risky storyline; not many authors could have pulled it off. Tracey Garvis-Graves' beautiful writing style and her outstanding character development made this story what it is: a phenomenal adult romance novel." ~ Reading, Eating, and Dreaming

About the Author

Tracey Garvis-Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. This is her first novel. 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. She is hard at work on her next book. You can e-mail her at traceygarvisgraves@yahoo.com. She’d love to hear from you.

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Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish. She is hard at work on her sixth book.

Tracey loves to interact with her readers and can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tgarvisgraves and Twitter https://twitter.com/tgarvisgraves You may also visit her website at www.traceygarvisgraves.com

Customer Reviews

I am so glad that I decided to read this book.
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It's a story of forbidden love and survival in which the author does a beautiful job developing the characters and maintaining a believable storyline.
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After I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

384 of 438 people found the following review helpful By SunFlowers on December 19, 2011
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I'm ridiculously hard to please when it comes to romance novels. I make no qualms about my quirks. If I hate a book, I will always say so. I don't sugarcoat. I usually raise eyebrows at books with overwhelmingly 5 star reviews. I figure this is the author paying people to shill and/or friends of the authors. Basically deceptive and fake reviews. There's so much of this going on so it's not uncommon to think of.

But I got the sample and something about it hooked me good so I bought it, read it and FELL IN LOVE with it.

5 stars is a rarity for me. When I 5 star something, trust me that you can take it to the bank. I found this book on the romance forum as a recommendation for older heroine/younger hero. The age gap made me balk for a minute but after reading the sample I couldn't resist the pull of this book.

There wasn't ONE THING I disliked in this book. Not a single thing. It was all around, 100%, grade A PERFECTION.

The hero is perfect. The heroine is perfect. They are human and flawed and make mistakes but when I say they're perfect, I mean that I really LOVED them as characters, as people. It's rare to read a character that's genuinely good. Inherently good with nothing to dislike about them.

I don't even need to give a summary of this book because the written summary already tells exactly what it's about and I don't want to spoil this goodness. It's long but it's so perfect. The characters are fleshed out, their time on the island is fully developed and you truly get to know T.J. and Anna. After a few pages, it almost stops being a book and becomes a movie. The author was meticulous descriptive and it was as if you could literally SEE them on this island. SEE what they were doing and it was wonderful.
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117 of 135 people found the following review helpful By HJ Leonard on January 23, 2012
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I read this book based on a recommendation from an Amazon forum. Lately, I have been in the habit of bypassing self-pubbed books due to the remarkable inconsistency of quality. Thank goodness I didn't pass this one by.

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Anna is a 30 year-old teacher, hired to tutor 16 year-old T.J., who has recently gone into remission after a long battle with cancer. As T.J.'s family has flown ahead, he and Anna make the trip to the Indonesian island together. Unfortunately, on the last leg of their journey, their plane crashes into the sea, and they wash up onto one of many small islands (think Castaway-the movie).

What follows is a wonderful story about two people thrown together and leaning on each other to survive, and eventually, however unlikely seeming, to fall in love. Actually, falling in love isn't that unlikely for these two, not the way the story is told, 1st person, from both POVs. This allows the reader to get inside Anna and T.J., to see their thought processes and how their relationship evolves.

There are not many books that I'm left thinking about for days after I've finished - usually I read several others and just keep going, but in this case, despite the quantity of books I've read since finishing On the Island, I'm still there, in that book, reliving it in my head. This is a good thing.

On a technical note - the book is extremely well-written, despite being a self-pub, and no glaring plots holes, etc. I was, however, disappointed to find that the author has not yet published anything else. I will now be on the lookout for her next book.
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137 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Kate on September 18, 2011
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I chose this book at random while looking for something to start reading before bed. I wound up staying up into the early morning, finishing it in one sitting. I wish all books were this well thought out and developed. It exceeded my expectations. A 4 star book for me is one that I can't put down. A 5 star is when I put it down and I can't stop thinking about it for days afterward. Worth the time. It is fun, dramatic, serious, and sweet but it will make you think about your own life and relationships.
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98 of 123 people found the following review helpful By ilovebabyblue on March 20, 2012
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While they were On The Island it was a fascinating story. The two of them trying to figure out how to live on the island and then actually creating a life for themselves there, that was great. It was hard to put the book down!

It was when they got off the island that the book started to disintegrate. Either the author was rushed to make a deadline or she switched places with someone else because the parts after the island are pretty bad.

There's a very, very deep story going on here. The couple whose relationship seemed so right on the island are thrown into the "real world" where not everybody agrees with it and they need to, once again, adapt to a new way of life and figure out if they still choose to be together even when they were no longer each others' only option. This part of the book (practically the whole 2nd half) should have been just as captivating as the first part. But the writer doesn't go deep with it. She stays on the surface and has the characters tell instead of show. There's so much wasted space and amateurish writing in the post-island part of the book that I found myself skipping entire pages just to get it over with. There was a lot of useless information on those pages. For example, Anna goes to the grocery store and the author tells us every single item that's in the grocery cart. For what reason? The groceries had nothing to do with the plot.

Another thing that bugged me throughout the entire book was the way the characters kept calling each other by name. People don't do that in real life. I'm surprised that none of the beta-readers picked up on it.

The story is also very long. All of the reviewers who are saying they read it in one sitting should probably get checked for blood clots!
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