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On the Island Paperback – July 10, 2012
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“[Garvis Graves is] the patron saint of independent authors.”—Kirkus Features
“If you like Lost, Castaway and Fifty Shades of Grey, this initially self-published and now New York Times bestseller will float your boat.”—Genevieve Fox, Daily Mail (London)
“An addictive hybrid: The Beach meets Robinson Crusoe meets Room.”—Julia Llewellyn, The Telegraph
“The breakout hit.”—Susan Maguire, Booklist
About the Author
Tracey Garvis Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. She loves hearing from her fans and can be found on Twitter @tgarvisgraves and at facebook.com/tgarvisgraves.
Top customer reviews
Plenty of older men younger women stories about so the older woman in this story (by 13 years) and younger man appealed to me.
Could tell time was spent on editing and minor formatting errors not enough to take me out of story.
The author's writing is flawless in my opinion. The words flow easily and her writing style is simple. And I don't mean that it's subpar or lacking in any way. I just mean that she doesn't waste time with unnecessary words or scenes. She gives us exactly the right amount of emotion, dialogue and backdrop. I felt as I was on that island stranded right along with TJ and Anna, the descriptions so vivid and well-researched. Every small victory at creating shelter or finding food, to the dire medical situations that kept them vigilant, I felt each and every one of those scenarios like I was there myself.
Anna and TJ's love, although expected, never felt forced, pathetic or desperate. Even though they didn't know their fate, I really believe they fell for each other for the right reasons and I give the author huge kudos for making their love official when TJ was of age.
Overall this is a story of survival. Not just from a horrific plane crash leaving TJ and Anna cut off from the rest of the world. But to survive in a universe where others may not understand your relationship nor your desire to be together. Especially when you aren't 100 percent sure yourself.
This was an absolutely lovely read that everyone needs to discover. Simply wonderful in every way.
A huge 5+ stars.
on an island in the middle of nowhere. They quickly realize that they may not be rescued and it is up to them to fight to stay alive. Over the years theyadapt to island life, learning new skills, struggling to survive and learning to lean on one another. Both TJ and Anna grow and learn from one another and soon they become one another's reason to breathe. Once they are rescued, they are once again faced with another struggle. Outside forces - family, friends and the media judge their relationship forcing them both to take a step back and try and find their own path. In the end they realize what makes them happy and go in search of their own little island. Beautiful story!!
Boy, am I glad that I purchased this book! It's so difficult to find a well written book in the romance department. It's fraught with self-publishers who really don't spend the time to develop their stories, characters, grammar, spelling, etc. So, when I encounter one that's written as well as this one, it really stands out.
The story of their plane crash and becoming stranded on a deserted island is in itself an interesting one. To also experience the strengthening of the relationship between the 2 characters, which eventually becomes a romantic one, adds so much more depth to the story. The way the author jumped from seemingly mundane dialogue between the 2 characters, which happens to tell us a lot about them and what they're experiencing, to the crises that arise every now and then from being stranded with little resources was masterfully executed.
I was thoroughly immersed in their world and cared about these 2 people. I shed tears in some parts. And I came out at the end feeling completely sated by a story that felt complete, emotional, and engrossing. This is the type of book that I will read again when there's a lull in good books being released.