24 July 2013

Uncharted: An On the Island Novella by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Uncharted (On the Island #1.5)
byTracey Garvis-Graves.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publication: July 2nd 2013 by Penguin.
Tracey Garvis Graves - and Anna and T.J. - return in this companion novella to the New York Times bestseller On the Island

When twenty-three-year-old dot-com millionaire Owen Sparks walked away from his charmed life, he had one goal in mind: get as far away as possible from the people who resented his success, or had their hand out for a piece of it. A remote uncharted island halfway around the world seemed like a perfectly logical place to get away from it all.

Calia Reed wasn't part of Owen's plans. The beautiful British girl - on holiday in the Maldives with her brother, James - made Owen wonder if getting away from it all might be a lot more enjoyable with a carefree girl who didn't know anything about the life he left behind.

But Owen had no idea how much his carefully detailed plans would go awry. Nor did he realize that a decision he made would have such a catastrophic effect on two passengers who boarded a plane in Chicago.

And when Owen shows up at Anna and T.J.'s door with an incredible story to tell, everyone involved will learn just how much their lives are intertwined.

Uncharted includes an early look at Covet, coming September 2013.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This was a nice follow up and wrap up to questions from On The Island. It was a tear jerker so have some Kleenex handy. If you haven’t read On The Island, you should because it was wonderful and has been optioned for a movie by MGM.

This novella follows Owen Sparks as he comes to see Anna and TJ and retells his story of being on the island. Because if you read the first book, there was someone who was on the island before Anna and TJ and had left things there that ultimately helped save their lives. This person was Owen. He was a millionaire in his early twenties and was not happy with his situation in life and his unloving and ungrateful family. So he goes to the island to try to figure out what he wants to do with his life.

He has the pilot Captain Mick Forrester to bring him there and bring him supplies every month and/or go there himself for a day. After a year of being there he meets a sister and brother, Calia and James, who decide to come to the island and have an adventure; to see a shark up close, to ride with the dolphins and see the beautiful island.

Calia and Owen have a love story of their own there. James wants to see a shark up close and is determined to do so. They learn about living with storms and rats, bats, spiders and lots of fish and sand. They learn about each other’s families. James and Calia tell Owen of their plans for their life. Calia is going to volunteer in Africa and James is going to the Uni back home. Things seem so happy, but for how long.

Owen continues to share his story with TJ and Anna. They learn about the bones they found in the cave. TJ and Anna feel for Owen. But Owen has a confession to make to them and he worries what they will think once he tells them. But you will have to read the book to find out what the confession is and what they think about it.

I loved the flow of the story. It was so easy to read and so emotional. I felt Owen’s pain at all he experienced and admired him for going to see Anna and TJ to tell them what he felt he needed to. I loved reconnecting with Anna and TJ. I was glad to have answers to some of the things on the island. I loved Owen’s story. It was raw and heartbreaking. I can’t wait to see what Ms Garvis-Graves comes up with next!

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