I just finished reading Everlasting by Angie Frazier for an Around the World Tour.
Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.
On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.
The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.
Beautifully written and feverishly paced, Everlasting is an unforgettable journey of passion, secrecy, and adventure.
This was interesting story if you like historical fiction. But I'm not sure that I do. I had a hard time really getting into the story. It didn't keep my interest--not enough to put down, but not enough for me to be wanting to read it instead of doing anything else.
I think that the characters just seemed really far off. Maybe it was because of the era that the book was written in, but I didn't really feel any connection.
But that's not to say that the plot wasn't interesting--it was. Although I think that there were some parts that were too short, and other parts that were too drawn out.
I did like the relationship between Camille and Oscar though. I think that was my favorite part of the story.
If you like historical fiction, then try this story out and maybe it will hold your attention better than it held mine.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
Everlasting will be released on June 1, 2010.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 50
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 36
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 13
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 35
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.