Thursday, 7 April 2016

Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters

Unseen Messages Pepper Winters
"Instincts are what keep us safe from fate. Ignoring them can change your life forever."

Fame and fortune arrived overnight and after months on the road with her singing tour, all Estelle craves is peace. Tired and ready for paradise, she travels to Fiji to recuperate.

Stubborn and surly, Galloway is avoided by most--which is exactly the way he likes it. However, he's done spending his life in regret and hopes to find redemption in the tropical wilderness.

Together, they board the flight that changes their fate forever. Crash landing on a deserted island, they not only have to figure out how to survive with no skills and daily dangers--learning how to fish, find water, and build shelter--but also inherit two children who look to them to keep them alive.

However, staying alive might be the least of Galloway and Estelle's problems. As days creep to months and rescue doesn't find them, their desire for each other ignites.

They started as strangers.
They grew to be friends.
They fought the desire to be lovers.

Lust can be the most beautiful thing. Love the most rewarding. But not on an island where life hangs by a thread and giving into temptation can kill you.

Can they survive being forgotten or will love be their ultimate undoing?

From New York Times Bestseller Pepper Winters comes a timeless love story answering the question of what happens when everything is stripped away.

My Review
Ok, this book is one giant emotional rollercoster! Even looking back on the journey i cant focus on one emotion or feeling and here's why...
The first 15-20% was a bit of a...struggle for me, i devour books at a ridiculous pace so when i say a book is long....i mean its 83 chapters long. I'm not a quitter but by the time i was 20% in i was ready to throw in the towel. The characters were wooden and lacked genuine emotion...which considering what had happened...seemed utterly unrealistic. There was a certain teasing event that Ms Winters kept hinting at....then it didn't happen at all. To be entirely honest...based on the first 20% alone, you'd be looking at a 2 star review. Which saddens me because the premise for the story and the idea of the universe sending you signals is actually a good one. 

However....i continued and i'm actually bloody glad i did! 

By the time i was half way through the writer began to infuse some emotions into the cantankerous surly Galloway. It was almost like the lights turned on and the writer suddenly worked out where she was going with the little family. Estelle and Galloway began to work together and the children found their own voice and i, in turn, began to hear Peppers. 

This whole book is a massive contradiction....would i recommend it to a friend? probably not unless it was reworked and edited. Am i glad that i've read it? Surprisingly yes! The story and premise have sooooo much potential! the whole plot line is amazing (minus the teasing bit at the beginning) and i grew to adore the characters. I'm actually really hesitant to rate this! as it stands it's probably a 3 star....but i genuinely hope that Pepper will revisit this story and make some changes in the future....if she does, i guarantee i wouldn't hesitate to re-read the story. 

A sad 3 stars :(

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