- File Size: 2258 KB
- Print Length: 231 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Twin Creek Press (September 19, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 19, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M0I37C0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Meant to be Married (Men of the Land) Kindle Edition
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Ten years, one jail term, and one forced adoption later, the star crossed lovers reencounter each other when Sarah returns to Taos, New Mexico, to help her ailing father, whom she still resents, and follow her passion for photography. Though Eli has become a successful businessman, with his locally produced tea company, his emotional wounds still run deep. Neither he nor Sarah know the truth of their separation, or of the centuries-long feud that has made love, or even civility, between their two families impossible.
This is a Barbara Samuel novel, however, so love is going to find a way. Working together to help Eli's niece, the smoldering ashes of Eli and Sarah's love ignite. They'll have to conquer their own demons, and unravel a centuries-old mystery, but some fires burn too bright to extinguish. Though this is a contemporary take on the Romeo and Juliet theme, there is more than enough background on the longstanding family feud to please historical readers. Samuel delivers the perfect grace note in the epilogue, ensuring that Eli and Sarah get their true hearts' desire at last. Highly recommended.
Meant to be Married is an extraordinary, creative work that is spellbinding. With Taos, New Mexico as the locale, Ms. Samuel's descriptions are so luscious in every way, you become part of the scenery, as though a new species of plant has arrived.
Elias Santiago has been in love with Sarah Greenwood since they were children. As young adults, nothing has changed except to make their love stronger. Unfortunately, like the Hatfield and McCoys, their families have been at war for 150 years. In their youthful exuberance and innocence, they thought they would be able to end this cycle of hatred, by running away to be married. Instead, they decided to return home to explain their feelings, when Elias is arrested outside of town with the bogus charge of kidnapping. As Sara watches horrified, she is whisked away by her father, an ex-cop.
Twelve years later, Sarah, now a world famous fashion photographer in New York City, returns to Taos because of her father's ill health. While she has visited over the years, she has never forgiven her father for his racist and ignorant actions towards Elias. Ironically, Elias has become a respected businessman with his own brand of specialty teas, making him a wealthy man.
Nothing prepares them for their first meeting after all this time. Like the violent storms that are so prevalent, the electricity they generate together could light up the city. Sarah wants to protect her heart and Elias wants to find revenge for all the betrayals.
I won't give anything away, but you'll be thrilled with a wonderful surprise at the end, but no peeking until you've read it all. There are not enough adjectives to describe how exquisitely this is written, except to say that I wish everyone could find such a passionate and fulfilling love that pushes them to go beyond their comfort zones and fight any forces against them. There's such beauty here, I want to read it again so it seeps back into my pores. Bravo Ms. Samuel! I received an ARC for an honest review.
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