The Fragrance of Rosesby Nikki Arana
Against all odds, attorney Angelica Amante married migrant worker Antonio Perez and became a stay-at-home mom for Manuel and Anica. Manuel was born with Downs Syndrome and then stricken with childhood cancer, but the family came through the crisis intact and considered Manuel their miracle child. God had indeed blessed them. Or had He? When the deadly disease returns with a vengeance, threatening to rip away all that is precious to them, Antonio returns to Mexico in desperation to test his family members for a compatible donor for Manuel. Angelica must stay behind, watching her young son deteriorate as he suffers the ravages of chemotherapy and unexplained complications. Book 3 in the Regalo Grande series, The Fragrance of Roses is the continuing story of Angelica and Antonio, whose faith in God and love for each other must sustain them through the greatest battle of their lives.
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First, a romance disapproved by her parents, but leading to the greatest love Angelica Amante has known. Then the reader wept with Angelica and Antonio as they struggled through their early marriage and the certainty that their first born child will have birth defects. In all this their faith has grown. Now, in this third book of the Regalo Grande series Nikki Arana takes us once again into the lives of this couple, the beautiful attorney and daughter of wealthy California doctor and a Mexican immigrant who has worked to establish a successful landscaping business, understand a complicated language like English, and maintain the care and nurture of his family whom God has given him. When Angela and Antonio learn the twelve-year old son¿s leukemia has returned, Antonio goes to Mexico in search of a compatible donor. Angelica remains behind to hold the family together. When her father announces he must sell the ranch to stave off bankruptcy, Angelica feels another part of her heart being ripped away. Can this family survive yet another threat against the love and faith that binds them? Nikki Arana has done a superlative job in presenting the heartache facing parents of a dying child, their desperation, and of the God who loves all affected. A must read.
The Fragrance of Roses is a hard-hitting novel that reaches out and slaps us right in our complacency. When the unimaginable happens in our lives, and our very worst fears explode in our faces, how do we respond? We can choose to let fear cripple us, or we can trust that God has a plan for our lives - whether or not we can always see the good in it ourselves. The challenges of life can frighten us as individuals, but when one becomes a parent, a whole new level of potential threats surface. Yet if God is truly in our corner, it is not the outcome of the thing that matters, but rather our outlook on the situation itself. With faith, parents can rise to the challenge of parenting in these troubling times without fear. Faith isn¿t dependant on circumstance though faith may be strengthened because of it. In Fragrance, Angelica and Antonio take a worst-case scenario, but find the good in it. This novel is worth the emotional effort it takes to read - an investment that pays off in the end. With this novel, Nikki Arana has truly established herself as a serious writer.
Another wonderful edition to the Regalo Grande Series! This book should come with a warning... Once you start reading it, you will not be able to put it down. It is truly a great story that has captured my heart as well as my mind. The twists and turns throughout the story are surprising, unpredictable, and just one of the many features that make this book a must read!