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've been looking forward to this book for MONTHS, and I DID really enjoy it, but I didn't love it like I thought I would. Maybe because it wasn't the story I expected?
I loved Camille's strength and Oscar as he subtly made it more and more obvious how he felt. Oscar in general was awesome. And I LOVED Ira. So funny. I love me some sarcasm (have I mentioned that? ;]).
Most of the book was fast paced and captivating and hard to put down. But I had a hard time with the beginning. The first 100 pages or so were kind of...eh. I had a hard time sitting and reading. I also felt like Camille wasn't mourning the way most would. She had horrible things happen to her and didn't seem tremendously sad. Maybe that was just me?
I really enjoyed Everlasting, but I just wasn't wow-d. I don't have really strong feelings toward it, it's just a book that I enjoyed while reading and then moved on. There's not much else I can say about it (partly because I put off this review for 2 weeks, unsure what to say).