Wednesday, July 3, 2013

My "Uncharted: An On the Island Novella" by Tracey Garvis Graces Review

Uncharted: An On the Island Novella
By: Tracey Garvis Graves
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.

My Thoughts:
Another winner from Tracy Garvis Graves! I have to say that I got a little more than excited when I saw a follow-up story to Anna and TJ’s. I hated parting with those characters when I finished On the Island and it was wonderful to visit with them again…even if it were for a short amount of time. 
Uncharted is the story of Owen Sparks; the man presumed to be the pile of bones Anna and TJ found in a cave during their time deserted on the island. Owen, a dot-com millionaire and clearly still very much alive, shows up on Anna and TJ’s doorstep years after they’ve been rescued and asks to share his story with them. Intrigued, they invite him in and listen to what he has to say. The story flashes back and forth from Owen’s memories (or him telling the story of his time on the island) to the present and we get a glimpse into Anna and TJ’s reactions to what Owen is telling them.
I loved Owen’s story and how it was his choice to be stranded on a deserted island (a choice he made in an effort to bring some much needed peace into his life). It was nice seeing the island as more of a place of solitude than the violent death trap it was in Anna and TJ’s story. Owen called the shots and when he felt the need for some human interaction he traveled back to the mainland with the seaplane pilot who brought him supplies regularly. He chooses this lifestyle for year (building himself a small house for shelter) and it’s around this time where he travels back to the mainland and meets Calia Reed. He invites her to come back to the island with him and she agrees (although he’s skeptical that she’ll actually come). The next morning Calia arrives at the airport along with her brother, James. She quickly explains to Owen that her brother refused to just let her jet off with a strange man to some deserted island to which Owen understands completely and extends the invitation to James as well. The three settle in on the island and soon Owen and Calia find themselves falling in love. But just as their romance begins, a terrible tragedy happens and shortly after Owen makes one single decision that changes Anna and TJ’s lives forever.
This is a great, romantic story with a very satisfying ending and is short enough to be read in one sitting (I did because I just couldn’t put it down!). 
Oh, and if you by any chance haven’t read On the Island be sure to check it out. If you want to know my opinion on that as well you can read my review here.
My Rating:
5 out of 5 stars
Book Content: 
This novel contains adult language (some strong language is used from time to time), sexual situations, and very mild violence (not person against person violence but nature against human violence).

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