On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Exciting and thrilling romance between 30 year-old teacher Anna Emerson and TJ Callahan. Packed with suspense and is a completely unpredictable story.

Anna is going to be TJ’s tutor for a few months to help him settle back in his studies after recovering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. TJ’s family decided that they will have holiday in the Maldives and that Anna will be with them to tutor TJ at the same time. 

During their plane ride to the island where TJ’s family are waiting. Their one and only pilot suffered a heart attack and the plane crashed in the ocean. Washed away to the shore of an uninhabited island they thought they’d be rescued within days. Though weeks have passed that rescue never came and that this place is going to be their home. 

They soon realised that one would not survive without the other. TJ was very mature for his age, he knows that they would need food, water and shelter. He helped Anna find food and build their shelter. They go through every passing day hoping.

Over time, they have adapted to their life on the island. Their bond of friendship develops into something more. They did not lose hope but they have considered the possibility that they will never see the real world again… and they are fine with that. 

Nearly 4 years of living on the island until they were rescued and now have to face the life they once had. Will their love survive?

You’re probably thinking, why would I love a book with a 30 year old woman and a 16 year old in it. I had the exact same thoughts when I read the blurb but I bought the book anyway. I came at it completely open minded and just read every single word, line and page. I have made awful decisions but this book isn’t one of them. I was sucked in from the beginning, I cannot put the book down.

This book made me cry hard. Tears of sadness and joy combined. The story moved with each written word that I feel like I was watching it in the big screen. I really hope that someone will make this into a movie someday.

Beautifully written, very well constructed and was brilliantly wrapped up.

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