The requirements set out in her Aunt Sophie's will plunge Laura, a naive, small town book store clerk, into a tropical, exotic setting where she doesn't know the language. She meets her handsome Prince Charming but cnnot talk to him. They devise a useful charade of sign and body language as their mutual attraction grows into love. But Esteban gets an ugent message which tears them apart, snding Laura away with a broken heart, then to Hawaii. Esteban must hack his way through a Columbian jungle before they meet again. Will Esteban survive? Can their love endure? And who sent tht summons which could not be ignored?
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My family and I live in Arkansas where we are owned by two cats with masters in relaxation (Dogs have Masters, cats have Staff-LOL) and a tiny Chihuahua who thinks she's a watchdog and has a long list of stuff to bark at. My current Work in Progress is another cozy mystery in the Maryvale series. I love meeting new reading and writing friends so please visit my page and blog and leave a comment. Happy reading, Jackie
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Raised by her Aunt Sophie, Laura Carroll lived a sheltered life until her aunt¿s death, at which time, Laura is shocked to learn her aunt¿s will stipulates that Laura must take an exotic vacation for a minimum of two weeks After much debate, Laura decides to go to Isla Verde, a tiny island off Puerto Rico. There, she meets Esteban, a man she is attracted to who does not speak English. The two manage to overcome this barrier using hand signals and speaking the few foreign words they know. In a short time, they realize they are in love but Esteban receives a mysterious message and signals to Laura he must go but will return. When Laura¿s stay is up, she has not heard from him and returns home, determined to get over her love for Esteban. Circumstances take her to Hawaii, where she meets a man she recognizes from Isla Verde and finds her life in danger due to her relationship with Esteban.Jackie Griffey delivers a sweet romance touched with a bit of mystery and topped off with thrilling adventure. The chemistry between Laura and Esteban is nicely portrayed, and the reader will root for the two lovers to find a way to be together. The story moves along at a nice pace, allowing the reader to experience the exotic locale and fall in love with the very likeable characters.
In Greenfield, Laura Carroll mourns the death of her beloved Aunt Sophie, who raised her like she was her daughter. Attorney M.C. ¿Mac¿ McKinley informs Laura, who he is attracted to, that her aunt placed in her will a condition that Laura was to go on a vacation for no less than two weeks. Reluctantly Laura agrees as she made a death bed promise to her aunt to carry out all the conditions of the will.
Laura travels to Isla Verde near Puerto Rico. There she meets Esteban Aguilar who speaks Spanish only. As they fall in love she extends her stay to thirty days. When he talks of sharing a casa, she accepts what she assumes is a proposal. However, after he tells her ¿Yo te amo¿, he vanishes. When he fails to reappear, she goes home heartbroken unaware he hid the truth from her to keep her safe. He and his family are hacking a path through a Columbian jungle.
STRANGER IN PARADISE starts off as an intriguing contemporary romance that half way into the tale switches into a suspense thriller. The story line is at its best when the theme is pure romance on Isla Verde between two people finding love enables them to communicate even though they speak two different languages. When Esteban vanishes, the suspense feels a bit jarring and a second twist on Hawaii even more strident. Still fans will enjoy two STRANGERS IN PARADISE using love as their common language to discuss the present and future together.