Everlasting by Angie Frazier
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: YA Fiction
The Story: Sailing aboard her father's ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a lady in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn't love in order to preseve her social standing. On her last voyage before the wedding, Camille learns the mother she has always believed dead is in fact alive and in Australia. When their Sydney-bound ship goes down in a gale, and her father dies, Camille sets out to find her mother and a map in her possession - a map believed to lead to a stone that once belonged to the legendary civilization of the immortals. The stone can do exactly what Camille wants most: bring someone back from the dead. Unfortunately, her father's adversary is also on the hunt for the stone, and she must race him to it. The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar - a handsome young sailor and her father's first mate - who is in love with Camille and whom she is inexplicably drawn to despite his low social standing and her pending wedding vows.
With an Australian card shark acting as their guide, Camille eludes murderous bushrangers, traverses dangerous highlands, evades a curse placed on the stone, and unravels the mystery behind her mother's disappearance sixteen years earlier. But when another death shakes her conviction to resurrect her father, Camille must choose what - and who - matters most.
My Review: Everlasting is a beautifully written and engaging tale of love, loss and adventure that will take you across the seas from California to Australia through the eyes of the admirable Camille. Like many seventeen year old girls in her time, Camille was engaged to be married and is given little choice in the matter. She believes her mother died giving birth and her father just wants her to be happy - or so it would seem. Once Camille is married she will not be allowed to sail with her father, making this last trip with him more important than she even knows.
I adored Camille's strength and perseverance. When their ship went down in the sea and took her father with it, Camille refuses to give up on him and is determined to get him back. Oscar, her father's first mate, and Camille's not-so-secret admirer goes along for the ride to try to protect Camille. On their long expedition, Camille learns just how strong she is and how far she's willing to go for love. Everlasting is an incredibly sweet yet incredibly action packed debut from Angie Frazier. The story pulled me in from the very first page and I enjoyed every bit of it. I found the storyline to be unique and intriguing and am excited to read more by this extremely talented new author.