If you cannot handle Song of Solomen, then this book is not for you. If you can, you are in for an adventure.
A book so hard to lay down. First Rachel burns her 5 year live-in doctor's exercise stuff, etc. Anyone who cannot accept you for who you are, doesn't really love you.
So Rachel heads to Louisiana to meet her Grandmother she never knew existed. From the big city to Cajun Country is definitely shell shock. Yet Rachel learns so many lessons you are gripped by the setting and descriptions.
Remy was injured while serving his country. His manhood turns women off but not Rachel. Rachel sees beneath the scars to the inward man. Love at first sight but many struggles before committment follow.
I loved Aunt (Tante LuLu) and Rachel's tobbaco spitting Grandma.
A pet alligator, herbal rememdies, drug cartel, and more keep you entranced all through the story.
Sierra Jensen has spent the past four years working for a missions group in Brazil, when she finds out that the program she's working on is going to be discontinued. Before she starts her next position, her friend and translator, Mariana, offers to bring her along on a trip to Hawaii. Sierra hopes the trip will give her a chance to make some decisions about her futureâ€”what the mission has planned next for her isn't exactly what she's passionate about. Mariana wants to party, meet guys, and just have some fun on vacation.
Jordan Bryce in on assignment in Hawaii to photograph the surfing competition on the North Shore. He and his friend Derek hope that this time in Hawaii will further their careers in photography and surfing, respectively. An accident back home delays Derek's arrival to Hawaii, while a storm traps Sierra and Jordan together. Jordan is convinced that this could be his big break, and no girl, especially one who lives in Brazil, is going to distract him.
While Sierra makes major life decisions and Jordan captures the eye of a potentially lucrative sponsor, God has even more in store for them_and their friends!
Having grown up with Sierra and her peculiar treasures of friends, Christy Miller and Katie Weldon, it was fun to â€˜catch up' with Sierra after she left Rancho Corona University. One of my favorite things about Robin Jones Gunn's books is how characters from other series pop up from time to time, and Sierra and Jordan will be making another appearance in Cottage by the Sea, a book about Jordan's mother, releasing summer 2012.
I like the softer, more mature Sierra that she has become. While still the free-spirited girl she always has been, her time in Brazil has tempered a bit of her brazen-ness, which makes her a bit more relatable to me. She has definitely matured, evidenced by her not wanting to use her high-school â€˜relationship' with Paul as a way to judge her friendship with Jordan. I am excited to see what else is in store for her_and the rest of her forever friendsâ€”the fourth Katie Weldon book will also be out in 2012!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. The review and opinions expressed are my own.