We're all so absorbed in our daily lives that we take certain things for granted. Thzis novel touches on one of those things. Ana Tavares immigrated to the US at the age of two with her family. Her father abandonned them; her mother passed away and her US Visa expired. She's been living as an illegal immigrant for the past 20 years with her siblings. She's been working as a Spanish tutor, supporting her family as best she can. Living in constant fear of being found out and deported back to her homeland of Dominican Republic, Ana takes very little risks in her lives. Chance leads her to Ethan Hansen and his son when she lands a tutoring gig.
Ethan is a successful pediatrician and widower. He's been barely living, just going through the motions, disconnecting from the rest of the world. When he bumps into Ana and saves her from a harrowing situation, his life is thrown into a whirlwind. The pair fall into a passionate love affair only to be met with the wee little problem that she may be deported if immigration ever found her...find out what happens to the lovers as they seek a way keep their relationship from being torn apart!
Serena Bell finds a great balance between exploring the immigration issue that the Tavares family faces and the intensity of emotions and physical attraction between Ethan and Ana. There's just enough of both to allow the reader to connect to the characters and their stories. The whole immigration issue in this novel is not something that is often spoken about so it really sets this book apart from your typical romance. It also brings it down to earth a bit--adds an element of reality. It's nice to see that two people from different worlds can find a way to be together despite all the obstacles in their way.
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