Author: Angie Frazier
Pages [hardcover]: 336
Favorite Characters: Oscar & Ira
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 book is certainly a nice breath of fresh air. Set in the 1800s, Camille has to choose between following her heart or marrying the gentleman who will keep her father’s company afloat. Embarking on one final journey with her father, the boat is striken by a freak storm. Stranded in a foreign land, Camille must use all of her wits, as well as rely on the help of her father’s finest sailor, Oscar, to find an enchanted stone.
This adventure paced plot is filled with giant spiders, unsavory bushrangers, and dark secrets. The more Camille unravels her father’s past, the more she risks her life.
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It was significantly hard to get into, and I only really finished it now because it’s due at the library. I’m not sure how long it would have taken me otherwise. The characters seemed interesting but I never really felt for them. The premise seemed intriguing but I was never caught up in it.
But I did love the little quirks that made the plot unique. I liked Camille, who is independent for her time, though not entirely stripped of the values imposed upon women those days. I loved Oscar wholeheartedly by the end of the book. The end changed much for me. Around the last 100 pages I started to enjoy it more, and now that I’ve found it there will be more books, I’m definitely going to pick up the next one. My feelings at the end were nothing but positive-I could nearly forget about the rough beginning.
I give Everlasting 3/5 stars. It was slow at first, but really caught my attention toward the resolution. I’ll definitely read the next in this series.