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Return to Paradise
     

Return to Paradise

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by Shirl Henke
 

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Rigo de Las Casas has plied the brutal trade of mercenary, a sword for hire. He hates his “primitive” blood and despises the white father he mistakenly thinks abandoned him. Then, near death on a French battlefield, he is discovered by Benjamin Torres and learns that he is an heir to the vast Torres estates on Española held by their father

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Rigo de Las Casas has plied the brutal trade of mercenary, a sword for hire. He hates his “primitive” blood and despises the white father he mistakenly thinks abandoned him. Then, near death on a French battlefield, he is discovered by Benjamin Torres and learns that he is an heir to the vast Torres estates on Española held by their father Aaron.

Miriam Toulon, a gifted physician, nurses Rigo back to health. But as he grows stronger, so does the strange fascination Miriam feels for the dark stranger who looks like Benjamin’s twin cast in shadows. The fascination is mutual, a smoldering coal that bursts into a passionate conflagration. Wracked by the guilt of betraying his brother and disgracing the beautiful Miriam, Rigo agrees to marry “the lady doctor” and sail for Española, though he is certain that his cool aristocratic wife does not share the growing love he feels for her.

When he returns to the paradise of Española, he is bathed in the redemptive love a father whom he mistrusts, a wife of whom he feels unworthy, and a brother whom he betrayed. Yet to gain the birthright that has been restored to him, he must protect the family he has come to love, both Taino and white, from a sly merciless enemy. Rigo Torres must hunt down and destroy “the Fox.”

Editorial Reviews

Affaire de Coeur - Harriet Klausner
RETURN TO PARADISE is a story you’ll remember forever…definitely a book you’ll keep to read again and again!”
Romantic Times Magazine - Kathe Robin
“Historically accurate, compelling and passionate…Shirl Henke once more demonstrates why she is one of the top authors of the genre.”
NYT Bestselling author - Virginia Henley
“RETURN TO PARADISE has strong characters, exotic settings and a wealth of historical detail that swept me away! Rigo is my kind of hero.”

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015080599
Publisher:
Shirl Henke
Publication date:
08/29/2012
Series:
Torres Books , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,161,628
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

SHIRL HENKE lives in St. Louis, where she enjoys gardening in her yard and greenhouse, cooking holiday dinners for her family and listening to jazz. In addition to helping brainstorm and research her books, her husband Jim is “lion tamer” for their two wild young tomcats, Pewter and Sooty, geniuses at pillage and destruction.
Shirl has been a RITA finalist twice, and has won three Career Achievement Awards, an Industry Award and three Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times.
“I wrote my first twenty-two novels in longhand with a ballpoint pen—it’s hard to get good quills these days,” she says. Dragged into the twenty-first century by her son Matt, a telecommunication specialist, Shirl now uses two of those “devil machines.” Another troglodyte bites the dust. Please visit her at www.shirlhenke.com.

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Return to Paradise 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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DangerGirl47 More than 1 year ago
Rigo de Las Casas (actually Rigo Torres) is the long lost son of Aaron Torres. The product of an affair that Torres had had with a Taino princess before his future wife Magdalena even arrived on Espanola. Rigo is a tortured soul. He has contempt for his Indian blood because, among other things, he believes they are a race of cowards. Also, he is none too happy with his aristocratic father whom he thinks abandoned him. Miriam Toulon is the indulged daughter of a wealthy merchant, even allowed to study medicine. Although she is engaged to Rigo's brother Benjamin (whom she loves as a brother rather than as a future husband), she and the half-caste are unable to resist a mutual fascination for which both feel guilty. Rigo tells Miriam at one point, "I am darkness." And this story could have been dark except for two things. While the now-married Miriam and Rigo sail for Espanola, Benjamin lingers for a time in Europe, where he gets himself tangled up with a wild Gypsy beauty, Rani, and her pet wolf, Vero. These outrageous and often hilarious adventures beautifully balance the more serious problems of Rigo and Miriam. The second thing that lightens the story is that amidst a covert war to destroy the Torres family, Rigo learns that he has been wrong about his father, the Taino, and his wife. The elegant Miriam, who saves his life, is as much in love with him as he with her. This novel is an absolutely engaging story of redemption and reunion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another of Henke's double love stories, two sets of lovers like in Love a Rebel, Love a Rogue and another I remember reading some time ago (but forgot the title and lost the book). Anyway, she does them well. And something else she does well here and in a lot of her stories. She takes a little known culture or society and paints a vivid picture of it so that it becomes almost a secondary character in the book that helps explain one of the central characters of the story who has been produced by that society. In Love a Rebel, it was the Muskogee culture, sometimes it's the life of such High Plains Indians as the Cheyenne. In this story it is the closed society of the European gypsy. Yes, Henke's books are known for their torrid love scenes, fast-paced adventure, and all the reader would expect. But why I love them so is that they often give me a glimpse into worlds I would not otherwise see, some of them I didn't even know existed. And she blends all of the story's elements so smoothly that you never even think about it till you've finished the read. Maybe for the second or third time. And you will read this book more than once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book. If I could give t 10 stars I would. you must read this book! ~S~