Everlasting by Angie Frazier
Summer 2010 from Scholastic
No cover image yet, but here is a picture of the lovely author! ;)
From Angie's website:
"Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a lady in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: she is to marry a man she isn’t sure she loves, or condemn her and her father to poverty; forever lust after a sailor a few social classes below her; never again explore the open sea; and do it all with charm and grace, even if it is a sham.
On her last voyage with her father, 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 a legendary civilization of 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.
With the help of the sailor Camille is undeniably falling in love with, and 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. When another death shakes her conviction to resurrect her father, Camille must choose what—and who—matters most."
I read this summary and started freaking out! It sounds ridiculously amazing. Obviously, I am still kind of freaking out and I totally read this about 24 hours ago.
There are so many aspects of this book that make it obsession-worthy! First of all, there is adventure that involves maps (treasure maps are the best) and a stone of immortality. Secondly, there is forbidden love. It gets me every time, that forbidden love.
Summer 2010 - the best summer ever? Perhaps, perhaps...