Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: World Castle Publishing (February 5, 2012)
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The healing power of animals helping PTSD in a moving Love Story
Alexandrea Weis brings her experience as a wildlife rehabber to a new romance set in the rural Louisiana.
As a wildlife rehabilitator in southeast Louisiana, Pamela Wells has dealt with her fair share of wild animals, but her reclusive life is forever changed when she meets an elusive former soldier named Daniel Phillips. Sent to Pamela’s wildlife sanctuary as part of his parole requirements, Daniel and Pamela quickly clash until Daniel’s troubled past unexpectedly comes to light.
After serving in Iraq, Daniel suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Pamela tries to help ease his condition by introducing him to the healing power of animals. Daniel begins to find peace, and an unexpected kindred spirit in Pamela. Fearing one day she will be forced to give up her beloved sanctuary, Pamela confides in Daniel about her debilitating health. United by their misfortunes, the relationship turns romantic.
Just when Pamela has found someone to love and share her burdens, Daniel skips town, crushing her heart. Suddenly Pamela finds herself alone and in a desperate situation. She has no choice but to turn to a ruthless Louisiana attorney, Bob Patrick, for help. Bob promises Pamela financial security in exchange for a life as his obedient wife. When Daniel unexpectedly returns, Bob is not willing to give Pamela up. Like an ensnared bird, Pamela struggles to free herself of her cruel capture. The fight may prove deadly, but Daniel is willing to do anything to save her. Can two broken souls eventually find happiness or, like the broken wings of a dove, will they be forever kept from reaching the heights of heaven.
Take charge and determined, Pamela is just as much tender-hearted towards her love of animals. She prefers the reclusive lifestyle and battles daily with her chronic disease, lupus. When Daniel arrives to help out at the sanctuary, he brings along both emotional and physical baggage from serving in Iraq and now required as his community service (due to an assault and battery charge) to help out Pamela at the wildlife sanctuary. Let's just say he is not a warm, personable person.
Pamela hopes that working with the animals daily will be therapeutic for him. They both learn that maybe they're more alike than they would like to admit. Pamela's friend Carol is one to keep things light and humorous amidst the stressors of daily life. She also sees the potential relationship between Pamela and Daniel and does her best to nudge them towards what she feels is their destiny.
Can Pamela and Daniel overcome the past and present struggles in order to finally find the peace they both long for? You will enjoy this compelling read along with the well-written characters and the plot twists and turns.
About the Author..
Alexandrea Weis's popular first novel, To My Senses, received rave reviews and garnered awards for both commercial fiction and romance writing. Her second novel, Recovery, won the Gold Medal for best romantic suspense from The Reader's Favorite Book Awards and was named best Romantic Suspense by the NABE Pinnacle Book Awards in 2011. Her third novel, Sacrifice, was released in late 2011. A permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book via Bostick Communications in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed above are my own.
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