Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Dutton
Released on July 2, 2013
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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