Sophia is a country girl (owns her own farm) who decides to get away from the Washington (state, not D.C.) winter with a vacation on an almost deserted tropical island. Pirates have other plans and take over the yacht sent to transport Sophia and another guest—a sexy Montana cowboy named Lucas— to the island. Thanks to Lucas, they make an escape on a small raft. Adrift for days, they find themselves attracted to each other and begin to fall in love. They survive sunburn, thirst, hunger, and a storm at sea, eventually ending up on an island that is truly deserted, not just “pretend” deserted like the tourist one they had been heading to.
The story of how they survive and fall deeper in love during the weeks they spend on the island is enchanting! Mixed in with the romance and adventure are tidbits of information about how to use aloe plants in lieu of antibiotics and how to make fuel from fruit—I googled and found the author knew what she was talking about with this and the other details of how they survived. I loved all the characters, but especially Sophia—I mean, how can you not love a character who has beer and premixed cocktails in her purse and a medicine kit in her suitcase when she finds herself lost at sea with a sexy cowboy! I alternated between laughing, googling information of interest, and tearing up while reading this book.