Dangers of the sea, and of island living, are cloaked behind a facade of sunny beaches, balmy tradewinds and swaying palm trees.
Two women fall prey to nature's wrath during inclement tropical weather. In "Child of a Storm", the ketch Mercy sinks during a sea storm off Culebra near the Virgin Islands. Ciara Malloy inherits her drowned financee's son, learns a devastating secret about the boy, and faces the most crucial decision of her life.
Years later in the '90s, underwater photographer Lillian Avery gets "Caught in a Rip" current and swept out to sea off Kauai in Hawaii. Facing death, she identifies strengths she never knew she had.
A few years later, in "Hurricane Secret," the two former neighbors from Puerto Rico meet again on Kauai. As a hurricane wreaks havoc in both their lives, it also threatens to expose secrets tightly held since the sinking of the Mercy.
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The jagged scar on Pablo’s belly protruded above his waistband and wriggled like a snake as he darted out of the yard to join his friends playing on the sidewalk. The mark started above his belly button and ran nearly to his pubic bone. Sweating in the tropical heat made it glisten, but the disfigurement never bothered him. Others were more conscious of it than he was. The erratic scar was the result of a surgeon who had been careless or, perhaps, in a great hurry to enter the child’s abdomen. Back in Colorado, where Ciara Malloy was from, a laceration like that would be cause for a thorough malpractice investigation. But things were very different here. Moving to Puerto Rico was a first-hand lesson in culture shock.
San Juan’s August humidity hung thick in the air. Even so, it was better to be out on the patio than sweltering indoors in front of the window air conditioner. Jalousies cranked tightly closed were neither capable of keeping out the humidity nor containing the cooled air.
The limp breeze finally picked up and carried with it spicy aromas of neighborhood cooking and the smell of fresh moisture. Moments later, the rain came. Huge drops made the fire in the barbecue spit and hiss.
Already translated. Translated by Enrique Laurentin