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.
I'd like to think a lot of you have gotten to know my tastes pretty well, yes? I just look at this and see '1855' 'handsome young sailor' (aka romance) and 'Australian' and go "GIMME GIMME GIMME!". I've never read anything based in Australia, so go new things! 1790's-1910 is my favorite time range to read about. 1855 is smack in the middle there. And there's ROMANCE. And ENCHANTED STONES. What's NOT to be excited about?