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Peek Inside Leaving Everest

Emily’s lived a life of adventure, but the secret she guards stands in the way of the love Luke offers. Risking her heart won’t matter if they can’t survive the volatile mountain.

Leaving Everest

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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 left for college in the United States two years ago.

Luke unexpectedly reappears as a guide just in time for the Everest climbing season. He's even more handsome than she remembers, and that something that had been building between them during their last season together is back in front of them, bigger than ever.

The problem is, there's a detail about Emily's past that Luke doesn't know. It's the reason she ended up in the Himalayas in the first place...and the reason she must make it to the summit of Mount Everest this year. It's also the reason she would never consider following him back to Washington after the climbing season ends.

But first, they'll have to survive the mountain.


"With high-stakes adventure, superb writing, and heart-warming romance, LEAVING EVEREST is the perfect, heart-pounding start to 2018!" Rebecca Yarros, Author of the Flight & Glory and Renegades Series

“Great story with a female heroine figuring out her life and her future all while juggling her emotions for her longtime best friend, Luke. I couldn’t stop reading this page turner which mixed the action and suspense of life or death situations as a mountain climbing guide on Everest with a lot of feelings and emotions surrounding Emily’s budding relationship with Luke. A great read!” –Stacie H., NetGalley

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. There's a very tense moment towards the end that will have you reading well into the early AM just to see how it all ends!” –Teresa J., Goodreads

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!” –Samantha B., NetGalley

“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, there is plenty of angst in the story. but the life-or-death stakes really amps up the tension. I love this world that Westfield has created, and can't wait to see more of walkabout productions in future books.” –Eva S., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634480
Release Date: Feb 19, 2018
Page Count: 291
Imprint: embrace
Genre: new adult, sports romance
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, friends to lovers, overcoming odds

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By Danielle's February 03, 2018

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 t ...more

By Robin March 01, 2018

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 feeli ...more

By Elaine March 02, 2018

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 cul ...more

By Adam February 01, 2018

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. Whic ...more

By Asheley October 19, 2019


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 h ...more

By Harmony February 20, 2018

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 ...more

By C February 26, 2018

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 ...more

By Christina February 18, 2018

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

By Megan February 18, 2018

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 l ...more

By Bec February 24, 2018

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 ...more

By Lauren February 19, 2018

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 wa ...more

By Teresa February 07, 2018

**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 fo ...more

By Diane March 02, 2018

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 da ...more

By Stephanie February 21, 2018

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 hi ...more

By Alice April 25, 2018

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 pic ...more

By Beth March 15, 2018

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 ...more

By Raquel March 02, 2018

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 on ...more

By Heather March 12, 2018

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 litt ...more

By Kim February 13, 2018

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 lif ...more

By Tammy February 16, 2018

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 ...more

By Jen March 05, 2018

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 Westf ...more

By Cristal February 20, 2018

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 complim ...more

By Fizza February 20, 2018

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. ...more

By poppy August 05, 2018

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

By Sarah April 26, 2020

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! ...more

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Megan Westfield

About the author

Megan Westfield

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 school and the quarter-life crisis. As a reader, her favorite books are those with a truly unique, real-world setting, and, of course, a love story. Megan grew up in Washington state, attended college in Oregon, and lived in Virginia, California, and Rhode Island during her five years as a navy officer. She is now a permanent resident of San Diego where she and her husband count family beach time with their two young kids as an adventure sport. Megan was formerly the editor of a small weekly newspaper in Southern California and is represented by Stonesong Agency.

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