Tracey Garvis Graves~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews

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On The Island
Tracey Garvis Graves
Plume Trade Paperback

"If you build it, they will come," was the theme of the movie Field of Dreams many years ago. There is a new theme on the block in On the Island: Write it, and they will clamor to read it!"

On the Island is a phenomenon in modern literary circles. Starting out as a self‑published e‑book, it came into the market as a hit among readers from the start. There are over 7,000 reviews by readers ranging from Amazon to GoodReads. It is an internet best seller and MGM is making it into a movie.

Many budding authors have tried to submit their books to recognized publishers, and vast collections of rejections have resulted. Author Graves is no exception; she had 14 turndowns before publishing this book herself as an e‑book. This is her first novel.

A 30‑year‑old tutor has accepted a summer position to bring a 16 year‑old boy up to speed so that he can resume his education with his peers. He had to drop out of school because of cancer. When it went into remission, his parents decided to treat him to a vacation in the Maldives. The pilot of a private plane has a heart attack, crashes the plane into the ocean, and both tutor and student survive. However, they arrive on an uninhabited island where they remain for several years!

Graves is able to keep readers' attention riveted on their survival. The two learn skills and they form a bond, which turns into a closer relationship as the years go by. The relationship between student and teacher is constantly on the mind of the tutor who maintains her decorum throughout their ordeal until the boy gains in maturity and becomes a young man. This turns into a loving relationship, making this book for adults or those over 18.

"On the Island"  stands alone and is one that is highly recommended as a great summer read.

Clark Isaacs



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