From New York Times Bestseller Pepper Winters comes a timeless love story answering the question of what happens when everything is stripped away.
"There is a message for everything. From handwritten to verbal, seen and unseen. Messages exist all around us."
But what if you don't see?
What if you don't understand?
What if, by ignoring the message, your life is never the same again?
Estelle Evermore morphed from nobody to somebody overnight.
Galloway Oak put his past behind him and endeavored to make his fortune using his trade.
Multiple unseen messages.
From sky to island, they find neither fame nor skills can save them. Stripped from society and left alone to survive the elements, the very task of staying alive outweighs all other needs.
Until survival turns to desire.
And desire turns to danger.
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Not gonna lie, this was a looooong read… much longer than I anticipated… Did it have to be? I dunno. All I do know is that by the end, I was happy I read it.
This is the second Pepper read for me. I may have had some issues with the storyline in that one, but what I didn’t have issues with is her writing. Her writing is what pushed me to read this one too. That, after seeing the cover, of course, which I love!!!
This really is like the Cast Away movie, only make it about a couple and add children. Just like the movie, it makes you think what a person is really made of when put in a life and death situation. It makes you think what really matters, and how one’s thinking shift when basic survival is the only goal. And just like the movie, the focus is surviving the island and all the emotions that came with it, and what happens after the survival…
Told from dual POV, I had access to both Estelle’s and Galloway’s thoughts. There were times I probably would have liked it seeing from the other person’s POV but nonetheless, I appreciated the thought process they each went through. Galloway had a past that was hard to run away from. That kind of past could shape one’s future forcefully so the burden that Galloway carried on his shoulders was understandable. Estelle was, in a way, a survivor herself of her past and trying to make sense of her present. To manage that inexplicable connection between them while trying to survive and look after 2 children on top of that, it was confusing and challenging to say the least. And speaking of the 2 children, while this is about Estelle and Galloway, those 2 kids just stole my heart.
I suppose with all my gripe I had about the length of the book, I understood its purpose, I think. I was with them through all their trials and tribulations, how they survived and what they survived. And I was with them as they survived, hoped, struggled, despaired, longed, and loved.
So, yes, it may have felt unnecessarily longwinded at times, but in the end, this book made me think, made me fret, made me bawl my eyes out. It made me feel.
What more could have I asked for, right?
"Life was a journey and no one (no matter how wishful, bossy, or opinionated) could change the destination.
That was fate’s job. Our job was to stop fighting.
Because only then could we find true happiness."
About Pepper Winters
Pepper Winters is a NYT and USA Today International Bestseller. She wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex. She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She's also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestsellers, best BDSM series voted by the SmutClub, and recently signed a two book deal with Grand Central. Her books are currently being translated into numerous languages and will be in bookstores in the near future. To be the first to know of upcoming releases, please join Pepper's Newsletter (she promises never to spam or annoy you.)
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