On the Island

On the Island When thirty 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 without hesitation a working vacation on a tropical

When thirty 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 without hesitation a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.T.J Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him He s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn t bad enough, now heWhen thirty 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 without hesitation a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.T.J Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him He s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn t bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family and a stack of overdue assignments instead of his friends Anna and T.J are en route to join T.J s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash lands in the Indian Ocean Adrift in shark infested waters, 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.Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J s cancer could return As T.J celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

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  1. Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty nine languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish She is hard at work on her sixth book.You can e mail her at traceygarvisgraves gmail She d love to hear from you.

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  1. Wow 5.5 stars New review edited after re read LOVE LOVE LOVED this absolutelybeautiful , unique and unforgettable story about survival and love Its well written, riveting and heartfelt The HEA ending is just perfect with an epilogue that brought the happiest tears to my eyes I honestly don t have one single complaint to make about the this book.One of my top favorite reads ever I just finished reading it for the second time I read it once a year ago and absolutely adored it but it was in my pre [...]

  2. Yes This book is getting all the stars Anna is a thirty year old teacher who has agreed to tutor a 17 year old that has recently gone into remission from cancer The treatments caused him to get behind at school so his family decides to spend the summer with a tutor to catch him up This family has some cash though so they are headed to their summer rental in the Maldives.The family has already left leaving Anna and her student TJ to join them The small plane that is taking them to join the family [...]

  3. ANOTHER UPDATE 1.99 kindle special today VERY FUN SUMMER READ Update OMG I saw a friend reading this just seconds ago and after so much craziness around here in the last 17 hours.Oh, I m in the mood for a fun escape get a way book like this it s was pure female fun escape fantasy enjoyment who knows another book LIKE THIS A page turner fun thrill ride similar to this Got ideas Listening UPDATE in Honor of Monkey Girl I m not sure why I gave this 3 stars back when I read it I must have been embar [...]

  4. Awesome, awesome, awesome wow, what a great book this turned out to be It s one of the few hyped books I ve read lately that really live up to the hype At first I really wasn t sure about it The book description didn t sound like my cuppa, and in a way it wasn t, but the author really made this one work and made me a believer Seriously, don t shy away from this one Yes, there is a whopping age difference between the H h, with the heroine being the older of the two 13 1 2 years actually, but by t [...]

  5. 5 Unique, Unforgettable Unputdownable Stars I went in totally blind, and so thrilled I did I had no preconceived notions about what I was going to read except that a really great friend, Robin, gave it five stars months ago, and I immediately added it to my tbr I honestly forgot about it until this same great friend gifted this book to me a couple of days ago I thought, Yeah, I am definitely in the mood for an island getaway, which I am sure involves romance I am so glad I didn t read the blurb [...]

  6. Before I even start my review I need to ask the most important question How is this Tracey s first book I m skeptical, I don t believe it She writes so flawlessly The story was amazing I mean, she wrote about two people living on a island, how entertaining could that possibly be Turns out than I knew I truly could not stop reading this book I read this during a nasty cold Now thats dedication people T.J is a sixteen year old, that is in remission from cancer Anna is a 30 year old teacher that i [...]

  7. Utterly breathtaking A friend of mine Amy aka, Foxy persuaded me to read this book and helped me through it since I was initially concerned about the subject matter I couldn t be happier that she finally convinced me If you are someone who, like me, tends to shy away from books involving sickness and or tragedy, don t cross this one off your list its focus lies on a very positive outcome and is substantially encouraging than it is tragic Anna is T.J s tutor and agrees to attend a vacation with [...]

  8. I LOVED IT There have been so many amazing reviews written and by now everyone is familiar with the story line and the characters I could go on and on about this great love story but it would take pages and pages so I am just going to give a short version of my thoughts and feelings.From the first paragraph I was thirty years old when the seaplane T.J Callahan and I were traveling on crash landed in the Indian Ocean T.J was sixteen, and three months into remission from Hodgkin s lymphoma The pil [...]

  9. A lovely romance, an incredibly unique premise, but for me, parts of this fell flat.It mostly comes down to what I expect from first person perspective I expect emotion I expect insight Not only do I expect to read about a sequence of events, but I also expect to know what a character thinks and feels about those events as they unfold I didn t during most of this Imagine that you re stranded on an island in the middle of the Pacific, when suddenly your only companion and the person you happen to [...]

  10. Story Rating 5 HUGE STARS Hero Rating 5 STARS Heroine Rating 5 STARS Romance Rating 5 STARS Heat Level 3 StarsEnding 5 STARS Overall Rating 5 NOW THAT WAS AN AMAZING READ STARS This is one of those books, you know the one that has been sitting on your ereader, the one you were planning to read but just never got around to it After reading Auntee s review for the second time around, I finally decided that it s time I get down to it and I gave this book a go, I m SO glad I finally did.This was an [...]

  11. This book was utterly and truly amazing I absolutely loved it I know that some readers have had hang ups regarding the fact that the female lead is 30 years old and the male lead is only 16 years old when the book starts out For me, this was not a big deal On the Island is so much than a love story It is a book about survival and the strength of the human spirit What Anna and T.J go through together is incomprehensible They formed a bond that is special and unbreakable due to what they experien [...]

  12. It s not easy for me to give this 2 only and I ve thought about this long and hard Normally I would have either not rated this at all, or given it a 3 and shrugged However, I am a bit too angry about the way this was written for comfort and a shrug So allow me to explain there may be spoilers I was prepared to like this and quite unlike American readers I live in a country where 16 is the age of consent, even for relationships between much older adults and youths, and Anne s alleged post as a te [...]

  13. 4.5 starsI was thirty years old when the seaplane T.J Callahan and I were traveling on crash landed in the Indian Ocean T.J was sixteenTreatment for cancer has left T.J behind in his studies His parents hire teacher Anna Emerson to tutor T.J over the summer at their rental on one of the small islands off the main island of the Maldives When the pilot suffers a fatal heart attack, the seaplane crashes into the ocean and T.J and Anna make it to a small, uninhabited island.To pare down a story to i [...]

  14. I started this book thinking Ah, seems like a weird book with a huge age gap beween the main leads and the story seems like its going to be dragged Holy hell, how wrong was I.God fucking knows why I haven t read this book when I ve had it since like Aug 12 I feel like kicking myself, HARD Author, I love you and I ve got only one thing to say to you I was like this after finishing the book I AM TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOKTotally touch me to the coreMy eyes should really stop leaking now, but I [...]

  15. 5 STARS This is my second time reading it and loved it even than the first time around Wow, just simply amazeballs This is a book where the blurb jumped out to me A much older female tutor and an in remission teenager crash in the ocean and end up on a deserted island Well sign me up A very realistic, heartwarming, and thought provoking read, On the Island will always remain a top favorite on my shelf The story is told from dual POVs Enter Anna, a 30 year old English teacher who is hired to tut [...]

  16. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum I read this book in 2013 and constantly think of it whenever someone asks for a romance recommendation However, my own rating sat at 3.5 Stars all these years so I decided to give it a re do in order to find out WTF was going on Turns out I either suffered a concussion or wasn t prepared to embrace my inner whore back in the day because I MOTHEREFFING LOVE THIS STORY The synopsis and all that mumbo jumbo are contained in my original review below so I m not [...]

  17. I started this books thinking I d just read a few chapters but then couldn t put it down until I finished Wow Anna is a thirty year old teacher who has accepted a tutoring job on a Maldives island over the summer Anna is to tutor to sixteen year old T.J while he and his family vacation in this island paradise Anna is than happy to do this, she needs to get away to make a major decision in her life Should she stay with the man who she s lived with, John, for the last seven years, or should she m [...]

  18. Final rating 5 5 stars Buddy read with my darlings Nab Basuhi Pavlina, Jerry aka 9 3 4 and Monisha click on names to see their reviews I don t fit in your world Neither do I, he said, his expression tender yet resolute So let s make our own We ve done it before This was interesting and nice book, with a different setting from usual and refreshing love story I liked it and enjoyed it and i am glad that i have read it This is a story of two people, Anna and T.J who are trapped on the lone island w [...]

  19. My goodnesswhat a WONDERFUL book Anna Emerson is a 30 year old English teacher who is offered a job tutoring 16 year old, T.J Callahan at his family s summer rental in the Maldives Almost seventeen, T.J is in remission from cancer and now he s on his way to spend his first summer, free from radiation and chemo, with his family along with a stack over overdue assignments Understandably, he is not looking forward to his summer However, Anna jumps at the chance to spend the entire summer in a perpe [...]

  20. Revie to come soon Buddy read with Kristalia,Nab,Basuhi,9 3 4 Jerry Monisha on 9th July

  21. What a beautiful story this was.First, off, I would like to thank my friends who have taken the time to read books like these and recommend them to me At first glance, I had sort of bypassed the book, not thinking much of it.After seeing that On the Island was gaining buzz on GR for being a sleeper book, I gave it a second look The cover Basic nothing too impressive The summary It peaked my interest a little I had a guilty fascination with movies like The Blue Lagoon and Return to the Blue Lagoo [...]

  22. 5 Stars Absolutely loved it Wowe writing style, the characters, the storyline, the romanceeverything Once I started I could not stop TJ was awesome and so was Anna My goodness, how they survived and the love that developed between them, was a bond that would prove to stand the test of time Anna was so strong and composed, and TJ, forced to become a man at young age, handled his circumstances better than most mature men could He faced death twice by the age of 16 and I think that perspective made [...]

  23. 5 Stars Also reviewed at Lady Jayne s Reading DenWOW SO DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED Beautiful, real and moving.It s been a long while since I finished a book the same day I started it, but I did with this I couldn t put On the Island down Even though I was meant to be doing work at home this past weekend I was THAT hooked Sometime last year, I saw many 5 Star reviews for this book, and I added it, just waiting for the right time for when I was in the mood for a Blue Lagoon type of story I must admit, [...]

  24. What a pleasant surprise I had On The Island on my radar for a while, but was finally pushed over the edge when I saw quite a few of my GR friends were really enjoying it I have to say I totally agree Pay attention authors The most important thing is creating likable characters, and this is how you do it After a long battle with cancer, T.J s parents have decided the entire family is going to an island for a little R and R and family QT Because of T.J s illness he had fallen behind in his school [...]

  25. With every page, I kept asking myself, why did this author self publish Who was the fool that turned her down Her writing is extremly polished, her character s are deeply likeable I could not put it down The only part I found unbelievable were in fact, the dolphins I am an immediate and lifelong fan of this author.

  26. Opening Line I was thirty years old when the seaplane T.J Callahan and I were travelling on crash landed in the Indian ocean Gawd this left me shattered, easily one of the best books I ve read this year It s taken me ages to get a review organized because I just couldn t figure out how to write one that would do this amazing story justice There were just so many things I loved about this a survival story, a forbidden romance, a tropical desert isle location, action, suspense, freakin sharks unce [...]

  27. Sigh What an endearing story I was immediately enthralled by this book The dread and angst Seriously, I could not put this book down Truly lovely, very romantic, and captivating

  28. Fantastic book One of my favorite romance reads of the year Can I say that I mean I started reading it in 2011 and finished in 2012 so um Anyway it is awesome.

  29. So, this book came out roughly 4 years ago with rave reviews, and I just got around to reading it I want to kick myself for waiting so long It s been two days since I ve finished it and I m still thinking about it and even started to read it againat s how much I loved it No big review here there s over 6,900 of them but just some thoughtsInitially I was a little icked out about the possible romance between a 30 year old woman and a 16 year old boy Not to worry things don t get romantic between t [...]

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