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Posted February 8, 2014
Posted November 18, 2013
A sweet, touching romance…
Ana Travares is an illegal immigrant. She tutors high school students and adults in Spanish. Her visa expired when she was a young child and never renewed as her mother was too ill to do so and then died leaving her 16 year old son to raise two younger sisters. They have lived under the radar ever since, to avoid deportation to the Dominican Republic. Ana came here young enough to now be assimilated to her new country. She has no memories of life in her country of birth. She once trusted a man with her secret, a man she was involved with, who ran away after learning her status and so trust does not come easy. There is something about Ethan that draws her and gets her to take a chance. But being what she is can she fit into his world?
Ethan Hansen is a pediatrician with a teenage son. He lost his wife years ago. His son Theo is at the rebellious stage and Ethan is having difficulties getting through to him until he hires a Spanish tutor, a woman he rescued, who brought out his protective instincts on the day they met. Ana breaks through Theo’s shell and also brings life back to Ethan. The more he learns about her the more he wants her but when the truth is learned will he stay the course?
This is a sweet touching romance of two people from diverse backgrounds falling in love and the issues they face. The author did well describing the problems that illegal immigrants face on a daily basis. There was though an overabundance of stereotyping that detracted from the story for this reader. I also wondered why as adults they never tried to see if they could legally change their status as they did not, and there was no intent to, enter the country illegally. I liked the banter between the hero and heroine; there was definite chemistry between them and each had a strong sense of family. Both were strong and independent characters.
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Posted February 8, 2014
There is just too much empathy regarding illegal immigrants and now this author wants to romanticise it! We r a nation on the brink of poverty and overrun with illegals who reap benefits taken from hard working Americans (those who can find a job!) I am an American who is just plain fed up! My support goes to authors who write about our military they have been ultimately screwed by our government and we the people should support them even if it is a romance book!
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Posted November 24, 2013
I picked this book to read as it sounded different. I was right. Serena did a fantastic job of covering a couple of unmentionable problems. They are mixed color families and illegal immigrants. Ana' s family was left alone when their mother died. They fly under the radar but are always looking over their shoulder and can't relax. Ethan is the Upper Class white doctor, father of one son and a widower. He saves Ana from a letch who is blackmailing her and then they start dating. There is lots of tension in both families. He loves her and she loves him but they hold it inside. It all breaks loose on Thanksgiving. I hated to put this down.It just flowed so smoothly. Please read this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2013
The fear of deportment for an illegal immigrant from the Dominican Republic threatens to become reality, until her knight in shining armor comes to her rescue she is cornered by her manipulating boss. Not only has pediatrician Ethan Hansen helped her out of a bad spot, but Ana now has the opportunity to return the favor by tutoring Ethan’s rebellious son in Spanish. The story of their growing love is filled with joy, heartache and the likelihood that they can never be together.
Yours to Keep by Serena Bell is a heart-warming love story of two lonely people from different worlds who must fight against odds in an attempt to find happiness. Will the forces working against them be too much? Should they fear the government removing Ana from the country, separating this pair or will her family plunge the final wedge to drive them apart?
Serena Bell has written with feeling and depth, creating a very realistic world for her characters to live in. Ethan is truly a hero. Ana is far from a weak damsel in distress, she is strong, intelligent, but in a precarious situation as an illegal immigrant in this country, even though she fights every step of the way to earn her keep and independence while staying under the radar. Ms. Bell has penned a wonderful romance filled with just the right mix of tension, heat and emotion.
I received an ARC edition from Loveswept in exchange for my honest review.
Posted November 17, 2013
Living your life filled with fear sounds like a terrible way to go through your day, but that is how Ana and her family live. Living in America and not being able to enjoy all of the rights and privileges most Americans take for granted must be very hard. Ms Bell is able to draw you into this existence with grace.
Neither, Ana nor Ethan is really living a full life. They are each missing connections in their lives. Ethan has withdrawn because his wife died and has lost connection with his son and has no life outside of his medical practice. Ana has her family and her students, but her livelihood is always on the edge of complete collapse. When Ethan steps in to defend Ana from being harassed and propositioned she is shocked that someone has taken stepped in. Ethan and Ana are taken by surprise by their reactions to each other. They are both strong, in control and caring characters. Ms Bell has a wonderful way of creating characters you instantly care for.
The story of their love, the struggles of combining two such diverse worlds is realistically and sensitively done. I loved this Knight on a white charger book!
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Posted November 15, 2013
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This was a well written story of Ethan, a pediatrician, and Ana, a Spanish tutor who's visa expired as a young girl. The chemistry between the two is off the charts. I liked how the author gave such knowledge of the immigration aspect of the story. I also liked the strong bonds the families had.
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Posted November 14, 2013
Ana is from the Dominican Republic and has been in the United States since she was a little girl. She never got her visa renewed and is illegally in the country. She works tutoring others in Spanish or English. They wanted her to fill out the CORI "Criminal Offender Record Information" which she couldn't do. A man helped her to get out of the office and asked her if she tutored for Spanish because his son Theo needed one. Ana got Ethan's address and set a time to start tutoring. Ethan is a pediatrician and while working he can't get Ana off his mind, since his wife died years ago and he hasn't dated much. Ana tries to hide her feelings Ethan because she knows it can't last, if she gets caught she will be deported. Ethan finally talks Ana into going out with him and they can't keep there hand to themselves. Ana's brother threatens Ethan to break things off or he will hurt his son. Ana is heartbroken and doesn't understand. Ana's nephew has a football accident and she calls Ethan. He told her to get him to the hospital, he needed surgery. Ethan saved Ana's nephew life and her brother came clean. Told her what he said to Ethan and Ana goes ballistic. Ana and Ethan have some hurtles to go through but they have there happy ever after.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2013
Yours to Keep was a great story with an endearing romance, strong sexual chemistry and a moral lesson to boot.
Ethan, oh Ethan, might just be the perfect man. He accepts Ana for who she is and doesn't judge her by her social economical status or her differences.
There is no other way to describe Ana but strong. She faces what ever comes her way and takes it head on for the benefit of her family. She also is a devoted and talented teacher.
This is the first book I've read by Serena Bell, but it won't be my last. She writes characters that you'd want to call your friends. This is a true love story where two people finding happiness in each other and not the person they want each other to become. Yours to Keep was a charming, emotional enriching romance with insight into the life of illegal immigrants.
I received this ARC copy of Yours To Keep from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication November 11, 2013.
Written by: Serena Bell
Print Length: 323 pages
Publication Date: November 11, 2013
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: Adult
Posted November 13, 2013
Great love story! My first book by Serena Bell but will definitely not be my last! I really enjoyed the take my breath away romance between Ethan and Ana. Their immediate attraction and the build up of their relationship was easy to believe and to root for their success!
Ethan Hansen (or Dr. Handsome as his patients' mothers call him) was a gorgeous, tall, powerfully built, kind, pediatrician raising his teenaged son as a single dad after his wife died. He had mostly kept to himself and focused on his son, Theo, and his practice. Looking for a Spanish tutor for his son he inadvertently comes upon Ana in a dangerous situation and intervenes, but wonders if it is her who has rescued him. He tries to maintain a professional distance but can't get the sexy Ana out of his head.
Bell's heroine, Ana Travares, is from the Dominican Republic and still in the states despite her expired VISA. She helps support her brother, sister, nephews and niece by teaching ESL classes and tutoring students in Spanish. Ms. Bell gives a very realistic account of the fear of being found out and sent away from your family, the lengths one must go to in order to keep yourself and your family safe, the sacrifices that must be made. Ana is also very drawn to Theo's dad, but knows getting involved with him would make it hard to maintain the low profile necessary to keep her family safe.
This was in parts a very eye-opening, realistic and heart-wrenching story, but also a very touching, romantic story of two people from different worlds falling in love. Ethan and Ana were fun together, both have a great sense of humor and Ethan was quite verbal and direct about what he wanted - I love a man who is good with his mouth! Ethan's son Theo's character was a strong addition to the story as well. All in all this was very well written and difficult to put down.
*I received this ebook free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted November 12, 2013
I love love love this book. I always like coming across new authors to add to my most loved list and Serena Bell is my new addition.
In this book the author writes a wonderful love story that deals with realistic everyday issues. Perhaps not issues in everyone's lives but for those affected by immigration issues and biracial loves, they can face overwhelming obstacles that most of never give thought to.
The story of Ethan (upper middle class doctor) and Ana (undocumented immigrant)is heartwarming and thought provoking. It is also a read everyone should enjoy. Well done Ms. Bell
Posted November 12, 2013
Enjoyable, quick read
The United States is seen as the land of opportunity. For many, coming here was the best move they could have made for their family. For others, however, the move to America may become anything but the “promised land.” This story was a little different than the usual romance. We were given a glimpse into the struggles illegal immigrants are faced with every day. It was a little slow in spots but overall a touching love story where cultural differences should not stand in the way of true love.
No car, no paper trail and avoiding direct questions is how Ana Travares and her family have stayed under the radar for the past 20 years. They have been living in the fear of being deported back to the Dominican Republic. They came to the US legally but circumstances that happened when their mother died has left them with expired Visa’s. Ana is working as a Spanish tutor and adult ESL teacher to help take care of her family, but it never seems to be enough.
As a pediatrician, Ethan Hansen is great with his patients. At home, it’s a daily struggle with his 15 year old son, Theo. Since his wife died, 8 years ago, he really isn’t “living” and doesn’t have much of a relationship with his son. They don’t communicate well and seem to have a disconnect.
When Ethan hires Ana as Theo’s Spanish tutor, everything begins to change between Ethan and Theo. Ethan discovers he has feelings for Ana and Theo comes out of his shell and begins to open up more and more about his feelings. They both are happier when she is around. Things were going great until Ana’s freedom is threatened and the circumstances that pursue threaten to destroy their happiness. Ethan will do anything to protect Ana and their journey together is both touching and emotional.
Persistence, tolerance and acceptance……true love is unconditional.
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Posted November 11, 2013
Serena Bell does a good job describing the issues in the novel as well as the characters. I found myself intrigued at what was happening to them and the overall picture. Hiding in the shadows has become part of Ana Travares ever since she was a little girl. After coming to the States with her family, she suffers from a series of events that have changed her life and that of those around her. When she discovers that her visa has expired, her older brother has to take action and protect his family after the sudden death of their mother. Now, twenty years later and she is still living in fear of getting caught and deported. Ana has learned not to trust anyone, and that includes any love interest in her life. But when she meets Ethan Hansen, it becomes very clear that not trusting him will be a hard thing to do.
Ethan Hansen, a pediatrician and a widower has had trouble connecting with his teenage son, Theo. After the death of his wife, he was left to take care of his son all on his own. But having a teenage son isn't easy, especially when his son starts rebelling against him. When he finds out that his son is in need of an Spanish tutor, he hires Ana. It didn't take long before his son's tutoring sessions become some more for Ana and Ethan. But what he doesn't know is that she is hiding a secret from him, one that he'll have to decide whether to help her or move on.
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was fresh and it gives audiences a new perspective to a subject such as illegal immigration. Serena does a outstanding job by focusing more on the story rather than on the politics of the issue. Although it was part of the story, it didn't overshadow the romance within the book. The characters are very well developed and the story flowed well. Overall, I recommend everyone to give this story a try, you will not regret it.
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Posted November 11, 2013
My rating: 4.5 of 5 ¿¿
For twenty years, Ana Travares and her family, have lived under the radar. Moving from the Dominican Republic to the US at age seven with her mother and brothers was legal at the time, until her father changed his mind about coming and left the children alone with a dying mother and an expired visa. Ana adjusted well to the language and the culture, and learned to use that to her advantage. Working as a Spanish tutor and adult ESL teacher, she has been able to avoid any legal entanglements that might expose her or her close knit family. Until one day her sleezy supervisor calls her into his office waving some immigration documents and makes some strong sexual advances in return for which he suggests he can make them disappear.
As a pediatrician, Ethan Hansen is well-known for his ease with kids, and it doesn't hurt that his good looks are a hit with the moms. However, he is out of his league when it comes to his own teenage son, Theo. After his wife's death, eight years ago, it has always just been the two of them, but the last few years have been progressively more difficult. This last stunt of Theo's, bailing on his Spanish classes, is testament to that. Determined to grab the bull by the horns, Ethan is outside the supervisor's office in search of a Spanish tutor, when he hears a woman's voice cry out, "Stop it!".
The voice belongs to Ana, and Ethan can't believe his luck when he determines the beautiful but slightly distressed woman is in fact a Spanish tutor. Without any hesitation he hires her to help out his son and within no time Ana has Theo eating out of her hand, with Ethan not far behind. But Ethan can sense that Ana is holding something back, she is skittish and at first resistant to his advances. Or it could just be he has gotten rusty over the years, but the heat in her eyes tells a different story. Ana can't hold out for long, and even though she knows she should tell Ethan the truth about her status, she can't seemt to find the right time.
It is inevitable that Ethan finds out about Ana's citizenship and he is hurt that he didn't trust her enough to tell the truth. Anna thinks she, once again, has been unceremoniously dumped and is devastated. Although slightly bruised, Ethan is far from ready to give up on Ana, and spent his time considering ways in which he could help her. When he faces her with the proposal he has come up with, she can hardly believe her ears. Her initial reaction is anger and fear, but slowly she starts to see the beautiful possibilities.......
A heart-felt and genuine story. Really captivating storyline and an interesting show of cultural diversity and parallel. Aside from the fact that it was a truly great, hot, juicy love story, of course!!!!
Very well done, the way the background contexts for both main characters were slowly laid out through the story, rather than all piled up in the beginning. I love when writers let us get to know the characters the way we would in real life.........little by litte, as circumstances dictate, in a purely natural flow. That's what Serena Bell did here with both Ana and Ethan. No big information sheets thrown at us at the beginning, just a progressive 'getting to know' process.......wonderfully done!!
It helps to better understand where each of the individuals' perspective. Even Ana's brother's, who may not always seem like such a great guy, but because of the situational and background picture that was emerging, even his point of view was sort of understandable.
Ana has known nothing else but to live 'in the shadows' for all of her cognisant life. Avoiding direct questions, situations where paperwork would be needed (there are so many of those!!), always keeping a low profile, trying hard not to stand out. It must have been utterly tiring and completely absorbing to have to be that aware always. Almost like living in occupied or enemy territory, scary. Not surprising therefore, that she doesn't trust easily, or even at all! She wouldn't know how, she's never been taught how, or proven she could. Her saving grace from becoming as distrustful and cynical as her siblings, is that she believes in love, with an innocence that makes those around her so protective, she believes there is inherent goodness in people.
Ethan is a good man, a decent man, but simply going through the motions after the death of his wife left him with a young son to raise by himself. He really never moved on from simply functioning. Not truly engaging with Theo, yes he would do all the practical parenting stuff, but he would really connect with his son. Which is why Theo at fifteen, becam the bane of his existence. His brother James had tried to tell him to 'get a life' a number of times, but I don't think it resonated until he met Ana and actually felt there WAS a life to be lived. It didn't hurt that she fairly effortlessly was able to get through to Theo in a matter of hours and somehow managed to ease the tension between Ethan and his son at the same time.
What I love about this story is that it is NOT the usual trope of rich doctor saves poor immigrant girl, or some such thing. For one thing, I'm not sure who is saving who here....... and for another, the 'poor immigrant girl' ended up with a fair set of brass balls, once she discovered there were avenues she could take on her own. She was determined to 'save' herself, one way or another, I think Ethan was the one who was more at risk of getting lost here........
A great story, that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Serena Bell does not disappoint when it comes to creating chemistry and passion between her characters, but it doesn't overshadow the impact of the story. Amazing!!
¿Compelling, thought-provoking, passionate and insightful!¿
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Posted February 16, 2014
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