Review: Unseen Messages by 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?

“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?

Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unseen Messages is a survival romance. It depicts Galloway, a man from England with deep rooted grief and anger, Estelle, a woman thrown into stardom unwillingly along with others (leaving the who purposely out as it would be spoilers) who end up stranded on an uninhabited island after their helicopter crashes in the South Pacific.

The book spans almost 7 years from beginning to end and you feel every one of them in the 714 pages. The actual time the castaways were stranded on the island was almost 4 years. A lot of losses, heartbreak, fighting for survival, two people falling in love happen on the island before being rescued. But sometimes after such a harrowing ordeal and learning to live with just the basics going back to a modern world with all its problems and judgments isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Is this book worth reading? Absolutely.. But I fear many will struggle with the length. I admit I did a lot of skipping in the middle and don’t feel I missed anything pertinent. I understand this story is personal for the author and it must have taken all 714 pages for her to tell that story and that’s what matters.

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