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Beth's Review: Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence

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Released: October 15, 2014

Genre: Historical Romance, Action & Adventure

Length: 384 pages

Format: ebook, paperback

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In 1888, Kira Wall, surviving daughter of missionaries swept away in a tsunami, lives a primitive, but enjoyable life with natives on an isolated island in the South Pacific. But her serene world is turned upside down when an Australian merchant ship, commanded by the sinister Captain Darcy Coleman, arrives with an overabundance of modern and lavish goods. Kira suspects ill intent. Chief Ariki refuses to listen to Kira’s warning, forcing her to uncover the real plan of the captain on her own. Unfortunately, she has a distraction. A six-foot tall, blond, and handsome distraction. Trevor Marshall, doctor and botanist, hopes to find exotic plants on the island to research new cures and medicines. He is dedicated to science, but when meeting the strong-willed, beautiful Kira Wall, he’d prefer to spend time researching her—all night. The captain thwarts Kira’s attempts to call him out at every step, turning the village chief against her. With only Trevor and her best friend Malana by her side, she stalks the captain and his officers through the dense, predator infested jungle, toward the island’s inactive volcano. Frustrated by her failure to reveal the captain’s true intentions, Kira begins to think maybe she’s wrong about everything. Then an explosion and earthquake bigger than anyone on the island has ever seen renews her resolve. Was the blast natural or man-made? She is determined to prove it was the captain’s doing. Kira races against time and the island people’s naivety to stop the captain from destroying her home and killing everyone she loves.

Five Boundless Stars

Kira Wall is living my dream! She lives on a beautiful island, eating fresh fruit every day, and has a pet bird that talks to her! I instantly loved her character; she’s strong, independent and takes no sh*t from anyone.

The writing is excellent; the characters are well developed, the traditions on the island are explained perfectly and in just the right place, the native English is used in a way to allow readers to understand the dialog, and the imagery described the island beautifully, I want to live there! The story is suspenseful, dramatic, funny and romantic all at the same time.

Guardian of Paradise is a wonderfully fun read; I absolutely loved it and rate it with 5 Boundless Stars! I look forward to more books from Lawrence.

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