Indian Summer

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In the spring of 1739, Gabriella Deza stands poised on the verge of womanhood. A product of her guarded upbringing, she is naive in the ways of love until dashing Manuel Enriques declares his love for her. By accident, Gabriella uncovers the plot of British spy. Manuel embarks on a dangerous mission save the town from being overthrown by the British. Unfortunately, Gabriella herself is caught in the trap and kidnapped.
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In the spring of 1739, Gabriella Deza stands poised on the verge of womanhood. A product of her guarded upbringing, she is naive in the ways of love until dashing Manuel Enriques declares his love for her. By accident, Gabriella uncovers the plot of British spy. Manuel embarks on a dangerous mission save the town from being overthrown by the British. Unfortunately, Gabriella herself is caught in the trap and kidnapped.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935171102
  • Publisher: Second Wind Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/22/2010
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

An adopted Floridian who fell in love with its culture-both modern and historical-Dellani is a happily married mother of four, substitute teacher and former English teacher. When she isn't being one of the above, she is an avid writer, spending every possible moment immersed in her other worlds. "Indian Summer" is her only historical romance, but she also has written a series of futuristic romance novels, contemporary romances and short stories. Dellani's interests include reading, going to the beach, listening to all kinds of music and cooking.
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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    Dellani Oakes flawlessly brings us into the world of young love

    Dellani Oakes flawlessly brings us into the world of young love in 18th century Florida. Without giving away too much, Gabriella Deza the Governor's daughter, is caught up in a whirlwind of betrayal, danger and desire. Having her life planned by her family, and society she finds herself confronted with a choice to honor tradition or follow her heart.

    If you're worried about this being a bodice ripper, don't, this book has enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. I've been reading romance novels since high school and always loved the passion, fire and drama they offer. I walked away from the genre after years of being disappointed of poor story telling and terrible characterization. This book, gave me the faith to give the genre another try!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    An historical Romance seething with love, jealousy and danger.

    Dellani Oakes has crafted not only a touching period romance, she has also beautifully illustrated the cultures and environs that comprised and surrounded St. Augustine, Florida in 1739. Fifteen-year-old Gabriella is a beautiful young daughter to the Governor of the Spanish Township of St. Augustine. Along with her young brother and two sisters, Bella is comfortably ensconced in childish fancies and romantic flights of imagination, until two handsome young men come into her life. Doctor James Stevens, a handsome ex-soldier with a limp is immediately smitten with her, but her heart ultimately flutters toward Manuel Enriques a dark-skinned Spaniard who with the help of the good doctor saves her young brother Marco's life during a storm. As this historical romance swirls adeptly across colonial Florida ballrooms, we also begin to glimpse French, English, and Native American intrigues and dangers that threaten to unseat her father from his position and maybe their entire family from their lives. While Gabrielle (Bella) begins plans for her grand marriage, jealousies begin to fester and her fiancé disappears for longer and longer periods of time for what she soon learns are furtive missions on behalf of her father. As Dellani carries us further and further into a 1700s-world so convincing we can feel the itch of rough cotton and smell the odor of musket fire, she also makes us realize how precious life was at a time when a simple storm could threaten an entire town and when a disease could and often did wipe out entire families. So with danger and intrigue swirling closer and closer to her characters' world, Dellani somehow makes us yearn to be there at that place and time where emotions are as raw as life itself. Indian Summer and Bella's foray into love and adulthood is a magical and historical coming of age story you won't soon forget. Definitely a book for every "to be read" list. Reviewed by "Maine's Other Author"(TM) Tim Greaton

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

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    A historical romantic adventure set in a nicely different time a

    A historical romantic adventure set in a nicely different time and place, Dellani Oakes’ Indian Summer tells of the Spanish governor’s family in St. Augustine, Florida, enjoying high society while still treating the common people with sensible care. But the British are coming with plans to change the world.

    Intriguing details of Indian tribes, British spies, history and politics feed very naturally into this young adult romance as teenager Bella wonders what the future will bring to her. About to become officially adult as she turns fifteen, she knows little of the world of men, and doesn’t understand why a servant might tell her to beware. Soon two handsome characters are vying for her attentions. But a storm of weather, matching Bella’s storm of emotions, helps her decide where her heart might lie.

    Soon there are promises of wedding vows. Humor and innocence combine in the gently natural conversation and innuendos of Bella and her confidantes. But the dashingly handsome spouse-to-be is kept away by work, and suddenly fun and games give way to earnest danger and plots. New temptations loom and Bella struggles to stay true to her body and the man she loves, while her world falls apart.

    Indian Summer is a pleasing light-hearted story of love, loyalty, friendship and fun, with just a hint of history’s dark themes, making it a thoroughly enjoyable, slightly edgy YA romantic suspense.

    Disclosure: I got my ecopy free through a book club, I think.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    I would recommend this to any young romance reader.

    Indian Summer, by Dellani Oakes, is a story that would appeal to the younger romance readers. It draws the reader into a world of the past that is not much different emotionally to the world of today. The suspense of the events surrounding the heroine draws you on through a plot that is not over-complicated and is an easy read.


    Our story is set in the town of St. Augustine, Florida, which is under attack by the British.

    It begins on February 15, 1739. Our heroine Gabriella Deza is a young girl of the tender age of fourteen. She is just coming into age where her mind and heart become awhirl with thoughts of boys and men instead of more childish pastimes.

    As Gabriella is approaching her fifteenth birthday, and her big coming of age party, she becomes increasingly intrigued with her older sisters’ interests in men and marriage.

    She soon begins to experience the first tingling of sexual attraction and the whirlwind emotions of an adolescent girl that can make a crush drive her mad and bring forth titillating fantasies.

    Gabriella is also on the verge of discovering the more mature relationships and romance.

    She soon finds herself considering two possible suitors. Dr. James Stevens, a surgeon attached with the fort and an Englishman is the first to show an interest. However, Gabriella’s attention is quickly drawn to the more exciting Manuel Enriques, a man her maid-servant encourages her to stay clear of for her own good.

    As her fifteenth birthday draws nearer, Gabriella gets wrapped up in a whirlwind romance with Manuel. The romance becomes almost a torment for her as she finds herself terrified both by her own overpowering urges and Manuel’s passion for her.

    However, before that day can come Gabriella’s world becomes turned upside down as the secrecy and intrigue between her father and Manuel deepens, taking her lover away from her for dangerous secret missions for her father.

    At last, Gabriella’s big coming out party draws upon her, together with the promise that she will be permitted to marry Manuel. However, the dangerous events come home for her as the fort is attacked and Gabriella discovers the traitor in their midst. Gabriella flees for her life with her heart broken by the knowledge that her lover may be dead. Pursued by the traitor, she finds safety and solace with a new man whose passionate longing for her rivals Manuel’s and soon brings out her own passion for him.

    Will Gabriella end up with her original suitor, the Englishman Dr. James Stevens who at first seemed to be the right match? Or will she stay with the aboriginals who took her in, get over her misgivings of betraying Manuel who very likely is dead, and let herself love Sailfish, the tribe’s chief’s nephew and next in line to be chief? And what of Manuel, whose death Gabriella was certain she witnessed but couldn’t quite let herself believe?



    While Dellani Oakes stays true to the recipe for romance in many aspects, including the young innocent heroine falling for the older experienced man, she does stray in one significant way. It was a refreshing change to experience a romance where the obstacles involved outside forces instead of the usual emotionally abusive nature of the hero who inevitably wins the girl by treating her badly.

    In this story the hero is neither abusive, nor treats our heroine badly at all. This is a true love story where love triumphs over situation and not one drawing on emotional strife to f

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