Orion's Gift Paperback – August 16, 2012
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Paperback : 314 pages
- ISBN-10 : 098780894X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0987808943
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.79 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Acquiline Investments, Limited (August 16, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,822,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Romance with lots of misunderstandings and emotional turmoil is a major theme in the book, but the subplots add a lot of drama to the story. Both exes—who are quite different from each other—have chapters from their points-of-view which adds to the building tension. The subplot regarding the drug trade escalates the danger, particularly for Sylvia.
I liked the quick pace of the story and there was plenty going on to keep me turning the pages. The descriptions of camping in Baja include well-researched details, not only regarding the landscape but also the challenges, the things visitors need to know, and some of the pitfalls. I enjoyed the authenticity they lent to the story.
Kevin was my favorite character as he’s pretty solid and straightforward. Sylvia suffers from insecurities throughout the book, but this struck me as realistic based on her history as a victim of domestic violence. She also has a secret that interferes with any dreams of a future with Kevin. A well-rounded story and highly recommended to readers of romance.
Before I knew it we had arrived at our destination, and I didn’t want to put the book down. The story is part romance and part adventure, and I became caught up in the budding love story, as well as the dangerous escapades.
In the midst of all that, my memoir-writing brain started clicking away when I read what Anneli does with setting. I realized that I could learn from her about writing setting in memoir.
The story takes place, for the most part, in Baja California. Anneli has traveled and camped that area herself, and her own experiences inform the book with multi-dimensional descriptions of the area. Sometimes the reader is plunged into the natural beauty. Other times, the setting reflects the interior landscape of the characters. Kevin, one of the lovers who is beset with worries, sees the landscape this way:
"Rocks, sand, cholla, ocotillo, and cardón cacti, and palo verde trees. Beautiful, yet unending and without distinguishing landmarks, and no ocean in sight. . . . Oh, it was scenic enough, but heading out into the unknown, so late in the day, putting all my trust in people I had just met–it didn’t sit right with me."
In addition to using setting as an exterior marker for what is going on with her characters’ thoughts and emotions, Anneli uses setting as a way for her characters to interact. Kevin has helped Sylvia in several ways, including escaping from a bandido and getting her damaged van back on the road again, but Sylvia can teach him a few things, too. When they enter the water, she advises him what to do if he runs into a stingray. Kevin says he will fight back if he has to, but then he realizes that he never fought back in his marriage that just ended–he had let his wife walk all over him.
The setting is integrated as part of the story; it’s not a bonus or addition, but an essential part of what occurs in the book. It has an effect on the plot and on the actions of the characters. The campgrounds and wilderness areas provide a backdrop for the dangers of Mexico, but the towns bring the couple in closer touch with their dangerous pasts. When Sylvia has to learn how to dress properly for the town, there is more at stake than just fitting in.
Orion’s Gift was a relaxing and engaging break from reading memoirs. I’ve already loaned it to my daughter to read.
It’s a perfect addition to your summer reading list.
Sylvia, running from her husband and a life threatening letter, finds peace and solace fleeting in the campgrounds of the Baja. First a drunk man tries to molest her. Then she loses her passport and wallet. Then she finds Kevin. He too is on the run. The two fall in love/lust or perhaps it's the other way round.
As their relationship grows greater dangers emerge. First from the secrets they keep from each other and then from their spouses who are in hot pursuit.
Purchase knows how to paint a glorious picture of the setting and hold us spell-bound by the action. A great read
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What was interested is that the basis of the story is about marital abuse/bullying and it reflects the fact that this happens to men as well as women. There are some heart-rending moments when you want to shake your head in disbelief almost, as you sense the two main characters succumbing to what they begin to feel is the inevitable. Almost accepting that their `lot' in life is to live with the difficult situations they find themselves in.
It's hard not to give spoilers here, but a lovely combination with a believable plot and a beautiful setting...
It was good to really get to know the cast and their back stories, having inside information as it were added to the atmosphere and kept the tension high throughout the book.
As I read Orion's Gift I was struck by the setting. It was beautifully described with lots of small detail that added to creating a very vivid picture of the area.
Laced with danger, tension and emotion throughout I very much enjoyed reading this novel. At the heart of Orion's Gift is the love story of two people leaving behind failing marriages and finding inner-strength and happiness in their new love.