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ANGELS LANDING by Rochelle Alers
What do you get when a 30-something overworked New York City social worker discovers her true paternity, inherits an historic home and property worth millions and an extended family, most whom are hostile because she now lays claim to what they consider theirs? The answers are in the second book of the Cavanaugh Island series – ANGELS LANDING.
ANGELS LANDING is quintessential romance with a hint of suspense. Of course there is Kara Newell, who is the secret baby; the stoic, laconic, drop-dead gorgeous, former-Marine sheriff Jeffrey Hamilton; his straight-talking, no-nonsense grandmother Corrine, the sensual island setting and a cast of supporting characters that give Cavanaugh Island its distinctive flavor.
I felt a special kinship with the characters in this novel because of the ever-present threat of developers seeking to purchase ancestral Gullah properties to erect gated communities and private golf courses. However, technology and progress come at a high price. In the 1950s health officials closed most of the valuable oyster beds on Daufuskie Island because growing industry along the Savannah River polluted many of the marshes and creeks around the island.
My identification with the residents of Cavanaugh Island is personal. I knew a woman from Hilton Head who’d been forced to forfeit her ancestral home. She’d been one of a few holdouts that wouldn’t accept more money than she’d ever seen in her life to sell her house and property. However, there were many who did sell, and the proliferation of mega-mansions, condos and golf courses increased the tax base beyond their modest earnings and fixed incomes. The result was she lost everything because she couldn’t pay the inflated taxes on property that had been in her family for generations.
ANGELS LANDING is not only about the history of a culture struggling to remain viable, but also about two people who must learn to trust, face their fears and for Kara it is adjusting to a wholly new lifestyle. You will be introduced to people you’ll want to know more about, reunite with the unforgettable quirky one you met in SANCUTARY COVE, the first book in this series, and get a brief glimpse of others who are begging me for their own novel.
Kara’s shock in discovering the man whom she believed is her father isn’t; her decision whether give up all her career and all that is familiar; giving her heart to someone who has promised to protect her at all costs; to agree to the terms in a dead man’s will; and if the threats against her life are worth the risks to claim her birthright become the driving force in this most anticipated summer read.
I hope you enjoy ANGELS LANDING as much as I enjoyed bringing these characters to life. Look for HAVEN CREEK May 2013.