Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
Everlasting was a book I really had a hard time getting in to. I had picked it up, read a few pages and it just wasn’t keeping my interest. So I set it down for a bit, read a few more page on and off. Then all at once, everything clicked about 50 or 60 pages in and I couldn’t put it down.
I absolutely loved the characters. I loved Camille. She was spunky and fun. I loved Oscar right off the bat. Angie Frazier has a way with words, and even the minor characters stood out to you, with none of them fading into the wallpaper. Right away, I was intrigued by the romance, waiting to see how it would spin out.