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The unthinkable happens when a plane destined for Bora Bora encounters a storm and crashes into the sea. The trip was supposed to help Alaina and Chris rekindle the spark in their marriage, but it succeeded in separating them when Alaina found herself on a lifeboat with eleven other survivors, none of whom were Chris. There’s only one familiar face among them – Jack Volmer, a former teen actor. Alaina instantly recognizes him from the posters she kept as a teenager. Injured but alive, the survivors make it to an uninhabited island after sailing for days.
As time passes, the chances of being rescued ebb like the tides of the sea. Isolation forces the surviving strangers to bond. Alaina seeks solace in Jack’s presence, but she struggles to find a balance between her past and her present. Against the backdrop of their blossoming romance, a dark mystery surrounding the plane crash and the island’s identity begins to unfold. More of Us to the West is the first book in Trinity Dunn’s Adrift series, and it takes its readers on a thrilling adventure to show them that tragedy often brings strange new beginnings. Grab some popcorn because this one will play out in your imagination like a movie.
This novel is best suited for fans of Lost and Survivor. Adults who like romance and adventure novels shouldn't wait to get this book. Potential readers should be aware that the novel contains sensitive topics, such as violence and death. This is a lengthy book that spans over 1000 pages in my e-book reader. It’s not a light read, but it is worth reading. What’s even better is that a professional editor must have prepared it before publication because there weren’t a lot of errors to disrupt my flow of reading.
The characters in this book are the ones that really make this story shine. Each one is distinctly different in appearance, age, and personality. They make the tale very realistic. Apart from Jack and Alaina, other survivors include a teen boy, a little girl, and a pair of grandparents. One of my favorite characters was a guy whose distinct Southern accent was displayed in all of his dialogues in the book. He was an easygoing, down-to-earth person who used a lot of hilarious idioms.
Besides the initial plane crash, other sinister events in the characters’ lives made the story unpredictable and thrilling. Gory injuries and ferocious animals are expected when people live on a deserted island. The book delivered that, but it also demonstrated real conflicts and an evil side of human nature. Moreover, the book makes it pleasantly impossible to understand the island’s real identity. Little clues are hidden in the descriptions and dialogues. They hint at fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal elements, but any of these could be possible. I enjoyed thinking about all of the different theories.
At first, I neither liked Alaina nor Jack because they both seemed a little uncaring and pessimistic. However, the book regularly shared some of Alaina’s memories which helped me to understand her personality and her marriage. Eventually, I warmed up to her and even became concerned when she encountered challenges. I began to admire Jack when I realized how levelheaded, thoughtful, and romantic he was.
It takes a lot of skill to produce a story that’s not only set in an exotic and mysterious location but also successfully merges adventure, romance, humor, and suspense. I really enjoyed this novel. The characters are unique, the plot is unpredictable, and the main characters evolve, learn, and grow together. Therefore, I’m happy to award More of Us to the West four out of four stars.
More of Us to the West
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