Review of ‘On the Island’ by Tracey Garvis Graves


30 year old English teacher Anna Emerson needs to get away for awhile to reflect on her relationship. She has waited patiently for her boyfriend of 8 years to make up his mind, but she is finally coming to the conclusion that they do not want the same things in life and she’s tired of placing her dreams aside for him.

An opportunity to get some space away from her problems comes along. A wealthy family offers Anna a job working as their 16 year old son’s tutor. However, there is a catch. She would have to travel to a tropical island for an entire summer with the family. Anna jumps at the opportunity to have some peace and quiet in a beautiful environment. After all, tutoring T.J shouldn’t be that hard… 

T.J Callahan has fallen behind in his studies due to his battle with cancer, but now his cancer is in remission so his parents hire Anna to help him catch up to his peers. He’s not too happy that he’ll have to spend his whole summer studying, so he decides to have one last party with his friends.

His parents decide to appease their son and make arrangements with Anna. They will fly to the island first and Anna and TJ can travel together after the party. Well, at least that’s what the plan was, but life decides to play a cruel joke on the Emerson and Callahan families instead…

After a series of unfortunate events, Anna and TJ end up on a private seaplane. After having been delayed for so long, things are finally going their way or so they thought… Their pilot tries to complete an emergency landing while suffering a heart attack, but sadly passes away causing the plane to flip.

TJ and Anna end up on a nearby deserted island and now have to try to figure out how to survive on  an island that does not have drinkable water or familiar food. As time goes on and it becomes clearer that there is no rescue in sight, TJ and Anna try to make the best of their situation.

It’s no secret that TJ harbors a crush for Anna, but that’s all Anna sees – a harmless crush from a young boy. She never anticipated her feelings were going to start shifting as TJ gets older. Anna no longer sees him as a child, but a potential lover…


I have heard quite a bit about this book for years. I have lost count of how many people have recommended this book to me. At the commencement of this year, my book club started an Annual Buddy Read. Basically, we partner up with someone and recommend books to each other. Well On the Island was the book that was chosen for me.

This book blew me away!! This was my first time reading anything from Tracey Garvis Graves and I’m so glad I did because that girl has MAD talent! I was hooked from the very first page to the end.

The romance between the main characters is absolutely beautiful! It wasn’t rushed. It wasn’t based solely on lust. It wasn’t superficial. That’s what made this book especially good for me. We have all read numerous books that have insta-love or are based on how a person looks.

This romance was done perfectly! It is officially one of my favorite books. They had a relationship that most people wish for.

If you are searching for a book that you will absolutely fall in love with again and again then I highly recommend On the Island. 5 STARS!!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Alysha Kaye says:

    Sounds awesome, great review:) hope you check out my debut novel- THE WAITING ROOM!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! I definitely will! 🙂

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  2. malex239 says:

    One of my all time favorite books, not just in the romance genre…

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    1. I loved it! I’ve already recommended it to several of my friends 🙂

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