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Leaving Everest

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Twenty-year-old Emily Winslowe has had an adventurous upbringing. Daughter of a Himalayan mountain guide, she has climbed Mount Everest and other peaks most Americans only dream of. But for all her mountaineering prowess, she's lacking some key experiences. Namely, guys. Especially one guy in particular—Luke Norgay, her childhood best friend who she hasn't seen since he le ...more
ebook, 388 pages
Published February 19th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Embrace)
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Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emily has experienced life many only dream of. She has the survival skills to tackle the largest mountains and the determination to match. Her father wants her to get a good education and Emily has already taken a gap year. One more trip and she is going to break the news to him. She wants to work the mountains and leave America in the past.

Luke is her best friend and she has always had a crush on him. He is gaining his education and spends his free time visiting beautiful places. They constant
Robin Bielman
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being a lover of adventure and the outdoors, I loved this book! Megan made me feel like I was right there, at Base Camp, and beyond, with strong writing that captured all my senses. I also adored the romance between Luke and Emily. It's the best kind of slow-burn, with friends navigating their feelings for each other while also figuring out themselves. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! Leaving Everest left me breathless, happy, and wishing for more. (I think we need a sequel, say set in Was ...more
This is an absolutely brilliant story that I thoroughly enjoyed and have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending. It has a very unique romance setting in and around Mount Everest and the communities of mountaineers and their support teams. It is an insightful coming of age story in which cultural expectations, dreams and love all have key roles to play and secrets to be revealed that will be life changing.

Emily Winslowe has had a very different upbringing as the daughter of a Himalayan m
Adam Ross
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are a number of things I enjoy about Megan Westfield's stories. First - they take people with baggage who feel like they are broken beyond repair and she puts them together. While we get to know them and see them interacting we are oftentimes left guessing as to what their future will be. Which is why her stories are so gripping. Second - she makes me want to get out into the outdoors and start rock climbing or, in this case, mountaineering.

In "Leaving Everest" we meet Emily, a young lady
Asheley T.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, 2018-read

OH MY GOSH. How much did I love this book? I loved it so, so much.

You guys may not realize how much I love reading about mountaineering and Mount Everest and the Himalayas. I have been obsessed with climbing for ages and I’ve read and watched a ton of mountaineering stuff since way back in my high school and college years.

When I saw Leaving Everest by Megan Westfield, I *needed* to read it.

Emily has spent a chunk of her childhood among the tallest mountains in the world, having grown up wit
Harmony Williams
This book gripped me from the moment I opened it. I'm a sucker for best friends-to-lovers romance, and I bonded with Emily from the start. I love the friendship that Megan Westfield built for the main characters. It felt like an adventure in itself. Even though I'm afraid of heights, I found myself longing to climb to the tallest peaks and take a Circumference video of my own. By the time Luke entered the picture (in person) and the chemistry between him and Emily surged, I was hooked on this bo ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This takes the friends to romance relationship up a whole lot by having the story setting at Mount Everest. Emily and Luke have reconnected after 2 years and are guides for a company that brings people up the Summit. Loved the tension from the craziness of being in that environment to the angst and sweetness of admitting their feelings for one another.
Christina Phillips
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Leaving Everest is a beautiful and captivating romance that I absolutely adored! With heart pounding adventure and the breathtaking, unforgiving backdrop of Everest, I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait for my next Megan Westfield fix! ...more
Megan Westfield
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Leaving Everest is a romance novel set on the Nepal side of Mount Everest. I’m a little partial to it since I wrote it and all. :)

It’s a slow-burn, best-friends-to-lovers sports romance with a sport—mountaineering—that is not mainstream/televised.

If you’re fascinated by Mount Everest and you also love getting lost in a heart-melting romance, this will likely be just the book for you!

Be sure to check out the link in the back of the novel because I created a free, 60-page Bonus Book of deleted
Lauren loves llamas
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was absolutely lovely! While I’ve read a few books about Mt. Everest before – Into Thin Air being one of them – I’m not particularly well-versed in mountaineering or rock climbing or, basically, anything outdoors that doesn’t involve tailgating. Even without that background or interest, this was completely engrossing.

“Luke was my whole world, past and present.
But he might not be my future.”

Emily is returning to Nepal for her – hopefully – historic seventh summit of Mt. Everest with her fath

Emily Winslowe hasn't seen her childhood best friend in two years, but now Luke Norgay is back in her life and ready to be a guide for the Everest climbing season. However, as old feelings for each other resurface and the pair finding themselves working together, Emily finds herself needing to make decisions for what she's going to do with her future. Will she and Luke get the happy ever after they both deserve, or will the secret Emily's been hiding from her best friend keep her from ever givin
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of Leaving Everest from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a honest and voluntary review**

Leaving Everest by Megan Westfield gives the reader such vivid descriptions of the Himalayan mountains and the families that help guide mountain climbers to their summits for a small window of time each year. Since I live in the beautiful state of Washington myself I loved how the hero and heroine both attend college here. I'd give the entire book a 4.8 stars for its bea
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Leaving Everest by author Megan Westfield is a delight! I have read so many non-fiction books of people who have climbed Everest and other beautiful but torturous peaks around the world, and this fiction does capture much of the true experience of the adventure.
Emily Winslowe has grown up as the daughter of a Himalayan mountain guide. Her mother had some problems and Emily has lived a physically grueling life in the brutal Himalayan mountains. Emily loves her life! If she could hike, climb moun
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the Militant Recommender Book Review Blog:
Emily Winslowe's life has been one of adventure, following her mountaineer Dad to some of the highest, most dangerous peaks in the world, and she has been able to hold her own, summiting even Everest, alongside him and the climbers who he guides through his company Winslowe Expeditions. She loves the mountains and can't imagine a life without having access to them.
There's one other thing that she enjoys, a gam
Alice Kaltman
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No one writes about rocks and mountains and romance like Megan Westfield. I'm a HUGE fan of her book "Lessons in Gravity" and now I have "Leaving Everest" to add to my fangirl pile. Emily is a complicated girl who's grown up doing something so challenging and unique. And when Luke comes into the picture things get even more intense. Westfield writes their slow burn romance as flawlessly as she describes Mount Everest and the community that lives there. She also does a fine job with believable di ...more
Raquel Cortes
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so well written that I wondered many times if Megan Westfield ever climbed Everest herself.
If she hasn't then hands down for doing so well her research.
This romantic story takes place in the Himalayas, what a unique and interesting setting for a romance. The main character Emily is one of a kind girl, a kick-ass heroine who has not only climbed Everest one but six times. Amazing! Luke, as well as Emily, has some experience climbing. He has a soft spot for Emily. When these two bes
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LEAVING EVEREST is a heart-pounding romantic adventure set in one of the harshest climates in the world. Megan Westfield has such a talent for describing the setting so vividly that I felt as if I was right there with Emily and Luke--shivering in the freezing temperatures one moment, sweating under the sun shining from a cloudless blue sky the next. I felt the wind in my hair, the frost on my fingertips. There were moment so suspenseful that I realized I was holding my breath, others that were s ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
After loving Lessons in Gravity last year, I was really excited to see that Megan Westfield had a new book coming out. I was a bit hesitant about this subject matter because Everest is soooo grandiose and the magnitude of the mountain and the survival skills required to summit it freak me out a little bit BUT I needn't fear because this book made me really appreciate and love the Everest life. Emily and Luke and the supporting characters were so fun to read about and I had read 60% of this book ...more
Kim Mote
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A different read then my usual but was not disappointed. We meet Emily a girl who loved her outdoors. She was shipped off to live with her dad in Himalayans and loved climbing mountains. Her goal was to climb the Summit 5 and also to have her friend Luke by her side. Emily is also a lost girl in life being shuffled around and then finding stuff out that her dad hid from her. When she takes a job with another hiking company things get interesting and Emily discovers her true self. This was a good ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the unique story of a female mountain guide. Emily and Luke grew up together so thankfully no instalove in the freezing mountain air. I enjoyed learning a little about mountain climbing in the snow. It included some action and some romance but it did revolve a lot around Emily, her future life choices and growing up. I received an ebook at no charge for which I voluntarily provided an honest review.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, the author captures your attention from the first page, the storyline draws you in and the way she describes the scenery brings the story to life and then you add the blooming romance between Emily and Luke and you find yourself unable to put your kindle down. I received a complimentary copy of this book and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. ...more
Jen Halligan
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of adventure!

There were so many things I loved about this story... the setting of the Himalayan mountains, the characters, being dropped into the lives of mountaineers, and the romance of childhood friends becoming more. I need more books like this! I can’t wait for what’s next from Megan Westfield!
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5. Stars
Different and interesting, that's how I'd define this book. It's quite entertaining read and I enjoyed it a lot. I'd definitely recommend it to other readers who enjoy a good romantic adventure.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I don't read many adventure stories but I really enjoyed this one. This was a really good and sweet love story I really liked both Luke and Emily and enjoyed getting to know them. This was a really good interesting read and I am looking forward to reading more from Megan ...more
Sarah  Bittel
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an unexpected read! I was looking for something lighter to read before bed and this was not that! Full of action, romance and the thrill of climbing Everest, this book was hard to put down! Such a great read!
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I have never summited Everest I have summited Kala Pattar so this book brought back lots of memories and had me crying by the end.

Absolutely 5 stars
Samantha Bilodeau
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The ups and downs and tensions of this are seriously exciting! Megan's ability to put you right there in the middle of an adventure of a lifetime really gives a depth to her stories!

The characters and relationships are also far from lacking depth. Emily is a girl who has lived an isolated life, either alienated by others for being different as a child, or climbing remote mountains with her father. It isn't hard to appreciate her hardships and want her to get some sort of a happy ending, despite
Eva Scalzo
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i loved lessons in gravity, megan westfield's debut that introduced the walkabout productions universe. this book has less to do with the crew in general, though april and josh do make brief appearances in leaving everest. but it's not an outright sequel to their story, it's more like a spin-off.

this is a story of taking chances. of letting go of the past. of conquering your greatest fears. and all of these things happen for emily and luke on a climb of mount everest. as a new adult romance, the
Feb 18, 2018 added it
DNF - Although well written I kept getting frustrated by the characters. Every time it seemed like something was going to happen between them they would just stop or get upset at each other about something. Ultimately there just wasn’t enough romance to keep me interested.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to preface this by admitting that anything having to do with Mount Everest is a guilty pleasure of mine. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer is one of my favorite books and I've seen every documentary about the mountain. So when I read this description I was so excited to see how it combined something so severe and extreme as Mount Everest and one of my favorite genres, romance!

I loved Leaving Everest. I think that the great thing about this book is that it has the perfect balance of the confl
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Megan Westfield has dabbled in many hobbies and pastimes over the years, ranging from playing the cello to cake decorating (i.e., icing-eating) to a dozen different outdoor adventure sports. Eventually, she discovered the only way to do it all was though writing—her first and strongest passion. She writes new adult fiction because she loves exploring the powerful and formative years between high s ...more

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