Lost in a landscape of boiling mud pools and geysers, Paige Duvall wonders if she's finally descended into hell. The land her mother inherited in New Zealand is not the pastoral paradise she hoped for, a place where the worldly young woman hoped to recover from another failed relationship. Instead one wrong step can end her life. Then the devil himself, Maori sheep farmer Adam Tomoana, emerges from the swirling mists to guide her to safety.
While she must rely on Adam to guide her home, is it safe to trust this man with her heart? While she is fascinated by their encounter, only Adam knows that it's not their first. Both are battered souls; both need healing, as does Adam's small silent son. But to heal, both must tell the whole truth, and there are secrets in Paige's past, and relationships she can't remember.
If Adam reveals them, will he drive her away, or will he win her love forever?
Book 2 of Tales of the Pacific
This is a well researched and exciting story. I learned so much about the thermals and Maori people and traditions located in Waimauri, New Zealand. Adam and Paige’s story in this Tales of the Pacific series is about seeking truth and trust, and not only learning to move on in life, but also finding a way to actually fill the empty places of your life. Hamish wants to mess with the sacred grounds of the thermals and buy it for Outreach Corporation to turn it into a first-class health resort for the rich. Paige is there to explore the land owned by family to see about selling the land. As she explores this highly dangerous area with Adam as her guide, she learns about the Maoris and the thermals, while having nightmares at night. Adam’s four-year-old son, Jeremy, has his own nightmares and hasn’t been able to connect with anyone but his family. This story has a lot of history and secrets, and I was fascinated by it. Emilie Richards not only researched this area, but went there to experience the land herself. I would recommend that this series be read in order and that you start with Book 1, Glowing Embers. I look forward to reading the last two books.
Some of the best reading I've done in a while and I read A LOT!!! I love how she makes the characters come to life some much that you feel their pain and apprehension. She makes you fall in love with the character and the makes you cheer for their happily ever after. I will definitely be reading on in this series and looking for more from this wonderful author!!
Getting past the Smoke Screen
SMOKE SCREEN – EMILIE RICHARDS (Tales of the Pacific #2)
This is a romance between two people who come together despite very different lives. They both have loved and suffered for it. That has caused them both to be suspicious and afraid of suffering again. Emilie Richards writes a very descriptive New Zealand culture. Smoke Screen contains drama, family secrets, and suspense. This is a story of seeking the truth, finding oneself, and trusting. It has very interesting characters. I loved seeing the different aspects of Paige – the cool, aloof, businesswoman, as well as the vulnerable, fragile woman who deep down needs family, love, and friendship. This is book 2 in Tales of the Pacific series. We have glimpses of book 1 characters Granger and Julianna as well as a snippet of Dillon (his book is next – Rainbow Fire). Eager to begin book 3.
Originally published in 1988, this is the second of four book Tales of the Pacific.
Book 1: Glowing Embers (Granger and Julianna)
Book 2: Smoke Screen (Paige and Adam)
Book 3: Rainbow Fire (Dillon and Kelsey)
Book 4: Out of the Ashes (Alexis and Matthew)