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J. Cramer

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Pittsburgh, PA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (389)

    When 30-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. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. 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.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Love where least expected"
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    This book now rates as one of my all time favorites, along with any of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, and anything by Mary Stewart, Jane Austen, Susanna Kearsley, or Ilona Andrews. I liked the book so much that I had to read it (twice) and listen to it (twice). When reading the original description, I was initially put off by the age difference in the two main characters, but the price was right and it kept showing up on my recommended list on Amazon, so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! It explores the ramifications of two people who at first glance would seem totally incompatible (for good reason) being thrown together on an island (hence the title) and forced to survive on their own for a long time. The first person narrative switches between the two main characters but is easy to follow, and the description of the exotic locale and the minute details of the daily struggle for survival really pulls the reader into the story without being overwhelming. The love story is gradual and feels natural. I'm a sucker for happy endings but don't like them to be too forced, and so I was thankful for the way that even the ending felt natural but left me content that the characters would go on to have a happy life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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