Review: Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves

Posted September 3, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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Review: Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves

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Series: On the Island #1.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Dutton
Released on July 2, 2013
Pages: 133
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Years ago, I was captivated by On the Island and I had every intention of reading the follow-up novella right away.  But, distractions, etc, so that I re-read On the Island and went right into Uncharted.  Finally.  It was brilliant how it told Owen’s story and had me curious how it dove-tailed into Anna and TJ’s.


Uncharted should be read after On the Island and doesn’t work well as a standalone.

Uncharted opens after a bit of time has past from the events of On the Island.  The new narrator is Owen Sparks who comes to Anna and TJ’s door with a story to tell them.  He has to begin in his past and it is obvious that his story is going to lead up to something momentous that ties his experiences to theirs.

So, Owen tells them about his past as a brilliant business entrepreneur, his growing success that drew people to him with their hands out, including his own family, and constant demands on him so that he felt his only recourse was to sell out and disappear.  Owen did his research and chose an uninhabited island in the Maldives.  He would live away from it all and have a sea plane bring him supplies each month or take him to Male’ whenever he had a hankering for civilization.  The island life restores him and he meets a fun-loving woman on one of his trips back to civilization, from there his real adventure begins.

I liked the way Owen’s story teased out.  His life before, his life on the island, how he was changing, and then the intros to the people he met and befriended out in the Maldives from the sea plane captain to the woman who changed things for good.  I’m being purposefully vague about her and her part in the story.  Owen finding himself is the center of the story though his romance is a strong part of that.  But, all along I hadn’t forgotten to wonder how his time on the island would affect TJ and Anna other than now I knew how the deserted cabin and things came to be there.  I was nearly awestruck when it all tied together in the end.  Brilliant bit of writing.

It was fun to return to the On the Island world with Owen’s story and get an update on Anna and TJ.  I can definitely recommend the pair of stories for those who enjoy survival romances in exotic deserted island settings.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Anne - Books of My Heart

I haven’t read the previous one or this one. I know it was popular but I never got to it.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago

It has the distinction of being one of the very first review books I read for a blog. 🙂 I loved it then and the re-read was pretty great, too. Hope you get the chance when you’re in the mood for survival type stories.

8 months ago

I was just thinking of this one again because it came up when I was bringing up Uncharted (by Adriana Anders) on my Kindle. I loved On the Island and have read it more than once, but I never got around to reading this little side story. It’s been a long time since I read On the Island. I wonder if I need to refresh my memory before picking it up. Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Sophia. Thanks for the reminder again!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

It was great, right? One of my first review books. Personally, this one worked great reading right after On the Island b/c some of the small stuff in that one were big things in the little novella so it was like spotting the easter eggs after the fact. 🙂

Lover of Romance
8 months ago

The setting for this one just sounds like so much fun here.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago

It sure was. The Maldives sound like the place to really get away from it all.

8 months ago

I did read the novel but I didn’t know about the novella

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Definitely worth the read if you get the chance, Melliane. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
8 months ago

I haven’t read this author before. Sounds like a good book though.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It was. I love survival-type stories and the exotic island setting was pretty cool. 🙂

8 months ago

I read On the Island a few years ago. I don’t know or don’t remember a sequel. I may just have to read this one. Sounds intriguing as I did enjoy the first one.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Lorna

Oh fun! You should definitely read this since you loved On the Island, Lorna. 🙂

Carole Rae
8 months ago

Sounds like a good end-of-summer read!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It was perfect for the summer, Carole. 🙂