I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of Welcome Reluctant Stranger (Book #3): Frantic flight, peaceful life. Act of treason on an island country. Cauldron of warring emotions. Exotic beauty, ace with a gun. Hunk with gifts for mockery and cooking.
Nine-year-old Leilani and her family mysteriously flee the island country of Costa Mora, leaving her father. Years later, her peaceful solitary life in California ends when she rescues Justin Halverson from thugs and she learns a devastating truth about her father. As she agonizes over her father, Justin comforts her, and they’re drawn closer together.
With Justin, she returns to her birthplace to get her father quietly out. There, she reconnects with her past, but can she forgive her father and accept him for who he is? Can she finally be at peace with who she is? Welcome, Reluctant Stranger interweaves a love story into a tale of past political intrigue and Leilani’s inner journey, accepting her past.
The author's skills shine in Leilani. Leilani is a wonderful character which readers will grow to love as the book progresses. The author illustrates a deep understanding of human nature through Leilani--and allowing her own skills as both a writer and as a self-professed people watcher to shine through. I think Leilani was one of my favorite characters in E Journey's books.
E Jouney offers another human-focused story in Welcome, Reluctant Stranger. I have said this with every book I've read from E Journey--but, I love that her books offer much more of a life story than a same old/same old romance tale. This book moved a little more slowly than the other books of the series; but, the character development and emotions of the story keeps readers hooked until the storyline picks up momentum. Readers will find realistic emotions and human-focused, real-world characters and story.
Would I recommend Welcome, Reluctant Stranger! by E Journey? While I find myself comparing the three books from E Journey's series; this book really stands alone as its own story. It wasn't my favorite of the three books, as it did move a bit more slowly--but, it was still one of the best books I've read this summer. If you enjoy romance novels with a little more depth and realism--I would recommend the entire series by E. Journey.
Buy Welcome, Reluctant Stranger! (Between Two Worlds Book 3)
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About the Author
She’s a well-traveled flâneuse—a female observer-wanderer—who watches, observes, listens. And writes. A sucker for happy endings, she finds enough that depresses her about real life, but seeks no catharsis by writing about it. For her, writing is escape, entertainment. She doesn’t strive to enlighten. Not deliberately. But the bias of her old profession does carry over into her writing. So, instead of broad shoulders and heaving bosoms, she goes into protagonists' thoughts, emotions, inner conflicts, insecurities, and struggles to reach balance and grow.
She also recently won the Bronze Prize in the Independent Woman Awards at SPR!
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