- File Size: 863 KB
- Print Length: 422 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1509203257
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (September 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0136UYRAY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ms. Anderson has a gift for bringing us readers right into the moment and texture of each scene, and the twists and turns are full of surprises.
She shares a vibrant knowledge of the history and landscape of the Yucatan area where the story takes place.
In keeping with Anderson's attention to detail, some scenes between the lovers might be a bit extreme for some tastes. But I loved the story and colorful characters and all the rich imagery. I am keeping an eye out for another good read from Raymona Marie Anderson.
The action begins when Sonrisa Lyons, a modern-day archaeologist, enters the ruin of a remote Mayan pyramid in search of rare hieroglyphics. An ambitious career woman, Sonrisa must document a spectacular discovery in order to re-establish her credentials; her ex-husband sabotaged her career when he stole her previous research and plagiarized her findings.
Sonrisa is nearly buried alive in a supernatural cave-in caused by her translation of ancient writings engraved on the stone walls. The traumatized archaeologist claws her way out of the mud and careens into the arms of a sardonic tomb looter, Miguel Zamora. From this point forward, the story explodes into a harrowing time-travel adventure.
Miguel is a complex character. The son of a wealthy plantation owner, he has abandoned the elaborate lifestyle and fashioned himself into a Robin Hood of sorts. He steals artifacts from the archaeological sites in the jungle, but he sells them only to fund the escape of plantation slaves brutalized by his father's evil overseer.
Miguel sees Sonrisa as a threat to his operations. He considers her a desirable woman despite the muddy shirt and scandalous trousers, and soon realizes she has come from the future. Against the advice of his cohorts, he takes the exhausted, terrified woman into what might be called protective custody.
Note: Other reviewers have commented on the steamy love scenes that develop between Sonrisa and Miguel as the plot moves forward. Indeed, those scenes are well written and sensual. But I would like to focus on the romantic banter between the lovers. This dialogue is humorous and clever, and worth the price of the book. The reader falls in love right along with Sonrisa and Miguel, as they alternately charm and insult one another. No matter whether they are dining formally with the priest and his wealthy patrons, or sharing modern snacks from Sonrisa's backpack, the lovers make us laugh.
Will Miguel be able to help his ailing father overthrow greedy relatives who conspire to own the plantation and continue to abuse the slaves? Can Sonrisa help Miguel discover the fate of his young son who was kidnapped years before? Will she find the sacred book that may help her return to her own century? In the end, Sonrisa must make an impossible choice. She can return to her own time and fulfill her dreams as a respected archaeologist. Or she can stay with Miguel, in a time when women do not wear trousers or trek into the jungle-- but, where she might work quietly to preserve the existing artifacts of the Yucatan for future generations.
The only thing I truly didn't enjoy was the nitty gritty details os Sonrisa and Miguel's passion. For one thing, if I had teenage children, I don't think I'd want them to read this book for that reason. For another, I have read so many other authors such as Devereaux and Gabaldon for two examples whose sex scienes begin to be generic to the point that they are almost interchangeable. I know there must be an audience for it but call me old-fashioned, I like to fade to black and supply my own details! The books would stand stronger without the sexual detail in my opinion.
Overall, is a superbly crafted first novel that will leave the reader wanting to know more about Mexican and Mayan culture and history as well as what other adventures Sonrisa and Miguel can find.
I am hoping that Ms. Anderson has a sequel up her sleeve!
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