Leilani’s mother has never set foot in her school until the day she whisks her children out of their Pacific Island country, without their father and without explanation. Eighteen years later, Leilani just wants to leave the past behind, move forward.
She has settled peacefully in California and like her long-lost father, she heals people. But her tranquil existence is disturbed one evening.
A computer nerd and culinary whiz with a biting sense of humor, Justin is brokenhearted from the loss of his girlfriend who has left him after seven years. All he wants is to drown his sorrows. But he finds more trouble than he’s looking for when thugs assault him.
On her way home from work, Leilani sees the assault. An ace with a gun, she rescues him.
Weeks later, they meet again and find themselves attracted to each other. Fearing Justin is on the rebound, or has a rescuer complex, Leilani doesn’t want to get involved.
But Leilani cannot deny her feelings. As they begin to fall in love, her past comes back to haunt her.
A friend of her father arrives with news which forces her mother to reveal a shocking, shameful secret—the truth about the role Leilani’s father played in a deadly political web.
Can Leilani deal with the truth? But hero or villain, he is her father and only she and Justin can rescue him from the island she’d left long ago.
At the core of this women’s fiction is an Asian woman-white man interracial romance spun with international political intrigue and a young woman’s acceptance of her past. Welcome Reluctant Stranger is Book 3 in a family saga. In three tales of loss, love, second chances, and finding one’s way, three strong women cope with issues contemporary women face
About the Author
" ... a writer who writes, rather than someone who authors a book ... " SPR (Self Publishing Review) Independent Woman Author Awards, on awarding Evy Journey the 2015 bronze. Evy has always been fascinated with words and seduced by beautiful prose. She loves Jane Austen and invokes her spirit every time she spins tales of love, loss, and finding one's way--stories she interweaves with mystery or intrigue. She's lived and traveled in many places, from Asia to Europe. Often she's ended up in Paris, though--her favorite place in the world. She's become something of an observer-wanderer. A flâneuse, as the French would say. The mind is what fascinates her most. So, she chose to work in mental health , researching and developing programs. And writing like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, she's written fiction (happy fiction) as an antidote. Her author website: Evy Writes at https://www.evyjourney.com Her book blog:Escape Into Reality at http://www.margaretofthenorth.wordpress.com Her blog on art, food, travel (mostly Paris): Artsy Rambler at https://eveonalimb2.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Drama...drama...drama... and more drama, but dang is this a good book! What happens becomes so unbelievable but yet gives you the reality feel of as if you're living this life. Well written! Highly recommend!
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Welcome, Reluctant Stranger by Evy Journey is book 3 in the Between Two Worlds series, a captivating story centered on a young girl’s growth, her coming to terms with the harsh reality of separation, and what happens when she falls passionately in love. Leilani is too young to understand anything when her mother takes her away from her country and sets off for the US. She couldn’t understand why they have to leave so suddenly and why their father doesn't come with them. Now two decades later, she discovers the secret that has been kept from her over the years and why her father was left behind. Can she accept her past and create a place in her heart for forgiveness? Evy Journey’s characters are memorable and well developed. The protagonist, Leilani, is a gifted healer, intelligent and beautiful, and it is interesting to watch how she handles conflicts. Justin is a computer nerd, funny, and easy-going, but he hasn't fully recovered from the breakup of a seven-year relationship. When Leilani rescues him from a difficult situation, they become attracted to each other. The romance that develops between the two adds powerful spice to a story that is already intriguingly beautiful. Welcome, Reluctant Stranger is well-written, with vivid descriptions that allow readers to get powerful images of the setting and to understand the psychological conflict taking place within the protagonist. The dialogue is crisply written and plot driven. Journey knows how to create characters that readers will love and a plot that makes them turn the pages with anticipation.