Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Everlasting by Angie Frazier

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.

Angie Frazier wrote an incredible debut, frantically paced I felt there weren't any moments when I wished things would "just hurry up". Angie's writing pulled me right into Camille's world of the mid-1800's, her words were so descriptive, I could almost feel the ocean spray of my face. Her characters were fun and interesting, giving the book depth. Camille can be a little innocent in her views of the world, but on the last voyage with her father before she must marry, her life is put on a whole new course. Seafaring adventure is the main story behind this book, with some romance mixed in to keep you turning pages. The man Camille is set to marry is a land-dwelling being, and Randall doesn't understand her love of the ocean. While the man who makes her skin tingle and her heart burn is her father's first mate, Oscar, but not someone her father sees as appropriate for marriage. All her life Camille believed her mother died in childbirth, that is until she finds a secret letter in her father's desk. When the terrible happens and their ship sinks in a storm, Camille is determined to find the mysterious treasure map mentioned in the letter from her estranged mother. The treasure map leads to something magical that could change one of the terrible events from that night, but by simply mentioning it's name can put a person under a curse, and Camille has spoken it's name. Before they really have a chance to catch their bearings,, Camille and Oscar are traversing Australia and the run from her father's business rival, who will stop at nothing to reach the treasure first; even committing murder to ensure success.

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