Saving Miss Everly (Inglewood, # 3)
By: Sally Britton
Publication: November 3rd 2019 by Blue Water Books
Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency
Source: Personal Kindle Library
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Goodreads description--Pretending she's her twin gets complicated when Hope is shipwrecked with a handsome castaway. When rescue comes, will she risk her heart to confess the truth or will they part forever?
Pretending to be her sister, Hope Everly finds an adventure at last. The Caribbean's warm waters and tropical islands fulfill nearly all her dreams. When an excursion to visit another island with a naturalist expedition is interrupted by a storm, Hope is stranded on a desert island where she and her fellow castaways are dependent on a handsome stranger for their survival.
Alejandro Córdoba, trapped and alone on the island long enough to give up all dreams of rescue, knows nothing of what has become of his war-torn homeland or his family. When he finds the beautiful Miss Everly washed up on the shore, along with her companions, he does not know if their arrival is a blessing or a curse.
Hope's behavior, acting one way with Alejandro and another with her friends, further confuses things when they begin to fall in love. If rescue ever comes, will telling Alejandro the truth mean losing him forever?
Sometimes, I find myself enjoying an author through multiple books, and even though I've yet to be disappointed by them, I still find myself dreading when specific characters are set to have their own stories. Hope was one of those characters. She's impulsive, loud, and generally goes against society's expectations in search of adventure. I am not a Hope. I'm more of a Grace. So I wasn't sure if I was going to like reading from Hope's perspective. But I did. Of course, I did. Sally Britton hasn't let me down yet. Granted, Hope pretending to be Grace for much longer of the book than Grace pretended to be Hope may have helped me because she was trying to force herself to behave in a way that wouldn't give away her identity.
I loved this story. Hope longs for adventure. Her heart calls to it. So even though being shipwrecked isn't ideal, what grander adventure could she happen upon? And to top it all off, there's a handsome stranger who has been shipwrecked on the very same island a year longer than Hope. He rescues her from the water and at first, you believe they are the only two on the island. How romantic! But then they find some of Hope's other shipmates, the friend she was traveling with and her brother who happens to have designs on courting Grace.
Alejandro as I said was shipwrecked an entire year before Hope's same situation. He's learned the island. He's created a shelter, dug a well, and determined which foods are edible and which are not as well as which animals to steer clear of. Alejandro has also lost his hope of being rescued. Good thing Hope is the one delivered to his island.
Hope and Alejandro have a pretty instant connection, but their relationship is slow-building. There are a lot of imagined obstacles that prevent the couple from declaring their feelings or attempting to pursue anything sooner. Sometimes I got frustrated with them, because what if rescue never did come? I found more sense in them drawing closer rather than pulling away from each other. But this was a journey that kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.
-Her heart pounded against her chest, her breath caught, and the world shifted to make room for something she instinctively knew would change her.
-Disasters could hardly be mended by losing control of one's emotions.
-How did her sister always maintain calm composure in the face of such stupidity?
-"My heart has not ceased to reach for yours."
-Hardship tended to make people act more themselves, not less.
Hope's story couldn't have been any better if you ask me. Sally Britton did a wonderful job crafting the perfect adventure and the perfect hero for our heroine. Hope didn't frustrate me in the way I expected. And Sally Britton had me turning pages and trying to stay up late to finish this book. I wanted to know all the answers to all the questions. Saving Miss Everly gets 4 Stars. Have you read Saving Miss Everly? What did you think? Let me know!