Harlequin, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton
adia Nichols' love of the great outdoors is evident In
, the story of two people brought together through the death of a man, Admiral McCallum. Senna McCallum inherits half of her estranged grandfather's property in a remote area in Labrador. It's a fishing retreat that the Admiral and his partner hoped to open to the public in the near future.
aid partner, Jack Hanson, is not the elderly figure Senna imagined, but a good looking virile man who soon has her heart racing. Jack loves the land and the idea of the fishing retreat just as much as her grandfather did, but Senna has a life to live on the coast of Maine, working for her aunt. Although Senna's real passion is the outdoors and endangered wildlife, she now works as a wedding planner. Not exactly the life she envisioned for herself, but it pays the rent. Jack does his best to convince Senna that her life belongs in Labrador at their fishing retreat, but Senna is committed only to her two week deadline, and insists on returning home to her other life, including a man she no longer loves. But the longer she stays, the more she realizes that Labrador has a lot to offer her, including her grandfather's business partner.
he beauty of the cold north comes out in this novel, as Nichols' writing shows her feeling for the land and its wildlife. The reader will feel the bitter cold and hear the wolves' plaintive cries while reading about two people who seem so out of sync with each other, until one realizes this is where she always belonged. Senna also learns about the grandfather she never really knew, and finds out that there was a softer side to the Admiral that she and her family never saw. Those who read
will heartily agree that Nadia Nichols has a knack for writing about what she seems to love best, and I will be on the look out for more of her books.
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