Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence
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Revised as of September 23, 2016 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.
This author spins an intriguing tale of adventure, love and mystery on an exotic island. Kira, the main character, is a strong confident young woman who has lived amongst the natives of the island her entire life. Then one day a ship arrives and the moment Kira meets the captain she doesn’t like him and she sure doesn’t trust him. The Islanders don’t agree and give the captain and his men run of the island, putting Kira her friend Malana and the ship’s doctor and botanist Trevor in a race against time to prove Kira is right about the captain. All the while Kira has to fight her attraction to Trevor. Can they find out what the captain and his men are up to before they destroy the island and everything Kira loves?
I occasionally enjoy a good historical romance and this one hit the spot. The author wrote such a vivid description of the island I wanted to go there right now. The characters were well-written and fleshed out and the storyline kept me interested to the end. I enjoyed Kira’s independent confident nature along with her innocence and love for the island and the natives.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 4 hearts.