This was a book that I just couldn’t put down! It had all of the elements that I look for in a book…there was adventure, romance, angst, a taboo element (that I just didn’t care about as I got to know the characters). It’s a book about growing up, loving and surviving.
T.J. Callahan is almost seventeen years old and he wants nothing more than to hang out with his friends during summer break. Unfortunately for T.J., this isn’t going to happen. He is being forced to go with his family to the Maldives and get caught up in his school work that he had fallen behind in due to his cancer diagnosis. T.J. is finally in remission and now gets to spend the summer in what most people would think of as an exotic paradise.
Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old teacher who is basically in a dead end relationship. She gladly accepts the offer to go to the Maldives to tutor T.J for the summer. She hopes that the time away from her long- time boyfriend will help to clear her mind and help her out of her “rut”.
The trip doesn’t go as planned, the pilot of their small plane suffers a heart attack and they crash into the Indian Ocean. They are fighting for survival in shark infested water. At least they are together, they are alive and they do manage to make their way to an uninhabited island. There is so much action in this book. For most of it, I was literally on the edge of my seat!
T.J. and Anna learn how to survive the best way that they can. With no other companions, they only have each other to rely and depend on. She is a teacher, he is a teenager in remission…the odds really weren’t in their favor. I loved the development of their relationship. What started out as two very different people thrust into an impossible situation, turned into two people learning, growing, trusting, surviving and ultimately loving one another.
I don’t want to give too much of the story away. I loved this book. Plain and simple – loved it!! It was well written and made me care about the characters (an important element in a book). It was definitely a page-turner and I was actually sad when I reached the last one. It was a beautiful love story, pure paradise!!!