This & That is a fun blog post that features two books with similar themes. So basically, if you liked one book (this) than there is a good chance you will like the other (that).
Detailed Book Information
On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters
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?
The Similarities between Both Books
One of the most obvious reasons for these two books to be grouped together in This & That is the similar theme- both contain people who are stranded on deserted islands. This is a pretty cool concept and one that you don't see too often within the genre (or any for that matter) which also makes both books unique. On the top of my head, I can only think of one or two books with this type of theme (A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley and Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson) both or which are chick lit books. FYI: I have read both of those so if this is theme you enjoy then I would recommend them to you. Anyway, that is the obvious similarities between both of these books.
Another thing that is similar in both books is that the characters slowly fall in love. Neither book depicts a short stay on the island, and the characters are forced to face many months together and alone. This leads to love which is something that none of them had ever expected especially during a time of trauma like this one.
I think it's pretty clear that these two books have a lot in common and because of this, would appeal to readers who enjoy one book or the other. There are of course some differences as well which I will explain below.
The Differences between Both Books
In On the Island, the heroine is a 30 year old English teacher. The person she gets stranded with is her 16 year old student who is in remission for cancer. Can you see where this is going? YES! It's got a forbidden romance attached to it and of course a significant age gap! I personally love these types of romance as they go to prove that anyone can fall in love.
In Unseen Messages the heroine is a singer and the hero is rather reclusive (and quite frankly likes his life that way). There is no forbidden romance aspects (the difference) but instead, two grown adults who find love through this unwanted journey. Additionally, the two are looking after two children, something that is not a part of the first book posted here.