Desert Isle Keeper
Okay, I admit it … my introduction to Ms. Krentz was less than auspicious. I read Gift of Fire and Gift of Gold, and to be honest, I wasn’t crazy about either one. Still, something brought me back to Jayne Ann and I’ve not been disappointed.
First of all, I like the way her main characters interact with the secondary characters in her books. Also, I really like her secondary characters, and I like the careers she picks for people. Eugenia Swift in Sharp Edges works in a glass museum … now how cool is that?
Deep Waters, we have a hero and heroine who give up lucrative, powerful careers for a simpler life in Whispering Waters Cove. On the eve of her engagement, Charity Truitt realizes she can’t go through with it … her fiancé, her life … any of it. She realizes she has to make a change or else suffocate.
Elias Winter (Krentz’s characters also have great names!) has reached his goal … he’s about to destroy his longtime enemy, the man he holds responsible for his father’s death, when he realizes that he can’t do it. Both Elias and Charity have come to a point in their lives where they need to make major life changes, no matter what others think of them. Charity downsizes to owning a bookstore in Whispering Waters, and Elias inherits the pier and a curiosity shop from his mentor and longtime friend.
These two create sparks from the moment they meet, but both are “relationship challenged.” Elias puts his feelings into cryptic sayings about water that is based on a form of martial arts he studies that amuse us, and often frustrate everyone else. Put their romance against the backdrop of some great secondary characters and the murders of a cult leader (who just happens to be the ex-wife of one of the town’s most prominent figures), and her right hand man, and you get, well, as ridiculous as it sounds, one whiz bang of a book!
Deep Waters is not only about suspense, and water, it’s about love and redemption and feeling comfortable in your own skin. Only when you can accept who you are, can you accept others and love them fully. Elias has to deal with the consequences of his revenge plots, even though he didn’t go through with them. Charity has to learn to trust others and her emotions. It was wonderful to watch these two grow and fall in love.
I also got some great vegetarian recipes. I kept wishing they’d invite me over for dinner. As a matter of fact, I’m considering a move to Whispering Waters Cove … I wonder if they need a bead store?