From New York Times Bestseller Pepper Winters comes a timeless love story answering the question of what happens when everything is stripped away.
“There is a message for everything. From handwritten to verbal, seen and unseen. Messages exist all around us.”
But what if you don’t see?
What if you don’t understand?
What if, by ignoring the message, your life is never the same again?
Estelle Evermore morphed from nobody to somebody overnight.
Galloway Oak put his past behind him and endeavored to make his fortune using his trade.
Multiple unseen messages.
From sky to island, they find neither fame nor skills can save them. Stripped from society and left alone to survive the elements, the very task of staying alive outweighs all other needs.
Until survival turns to desire.
And desire turns to danger.
“I took her often.
She took me often.
And in each other’s arms, we found paradise.”
It’s going to be impossible to review this book and do it justice. Some books scare you, the dark side of romantic fiction making you wonder why you enjoy it. Some books make you think, or feel, or analyse the way you should, the way you’ve been taught to, as an adult looking for answers in a fantasy world.
And some books touch your soul. Sometimes a selection of carefully chosen words and intricately woven events force you to dig that little bit deeper than the average story. Unseen Messages is that. Sure, it’s fiction. Sure, there’s heartwarming romance, adrenaline-fuelling drama and gut-wrenching emotion. But it’s everything beyond that, all the things that words can’t describe because it’s a thing you have to feel, and that’s why this review will be impossible.
I grew up wanting to explore the outside world. When I hit my teens(ish), I read Golding’s Lord of the Flies, and it changed me as a person. Around about that time (well, before that, in 2000), I saw Tom Hanks in Cast Away. Then, more recently, I found a love for Bear Grylls and his adventures. I’ve always been a little bit obsessed with survivalism.
For me, Unseen Messages fed my addiction. It sated my appetite for something thrilling, different, and so in tune with what drives me every day. It gave me the fix I needed in a story – I needed to get lost, I needed to escape; I needed peace, simplicity, and a no holds barred, tell it how it is tale. Unseen Messages made me think of the three things I mentioned above (complete with the mention of cracking a coconut with an ice skate), and it symbolised them in a way that twisted them around, shook them up, and made them contemporary and unique.
It is a long story. There are times where nothing much happens…or seems not to…but we just weren’t aware of it yet. The entire story was built up and developed with finesse, and considering we had 4 [main] characters with no distraction or aid from the outside world, it was more compelling than stories with entire family trees and cities filled with complex personalities. Pepper didn’t just write about castaways, she took the reader to the island too. She took me on a journey – one that I will never, ever forget, and I’m insanely grateful I receive this ARC. Yet another story from Pepper Winters that has made me fall in love, and I can’t wait to dive into another one of her masterpieces.
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About Pepper Winters:
Pepper Winters is a NYT and USA Today International Bestseller. She wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She’s also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestsellers, best BDSM series voted by the SmutClub, and recently signed a two book deal with Grand Central. Her books are currently being translated into numerous languages and will be in bookstores in the near future.
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