Glass Beach

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9780515122855: Glass Beach

Elizabeth Bennett was in paradise. Her loveless marriage was at an end, and now she was blissfully alone to raise her young daughter on their lush Hawaiian estate. Then everything changed when a dark, handsome stranger appeared on her doorstep. His name was Spence Laamea, her husband's illegitimate son. And according to her husband's will, Spence was to run the estate until her daughter came of age. This man she knew nothing about held sway over her and her fate. And made her heart beat with a passion she'd never felt before. See centerpiece feature.

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Jill Marie Landis captures the stunning landscape and fascinating culture of 19th-century Hawaii in this moving story of a white woman's forbidden love for the native man with whom she shares responsibility for her deceased husband's cattle ranch. The painful pasts of Elizabeth Bennett and Spence Laamea add convincing complexity to their evolving relationship, which Landis conveys with sensitivity and skill. The story is enhanced by a secondary romance between two Hawaiians, an ambitious dressmaker and her determined cowboy suitor; by Elizabeth's fierce love for her frail daughter Hadley; by Hadley's growing trust for Spence; and by a devastating hurricane that arrives without warning. There's a lot to admire here, and attentive readers will find Glass Beach both powerful and memorable.

About the Author:

With her first novel, Sunflower, Jill Marie Landis won the Romance Writers of America's "Golden Medallion Award for Best Historical Romance." Her novels Wildflower, Rose, and Jade confirmed the promise of her unique talent for rich detail and characterization. Come Spring, winner of the "Best Romance Novel of the Year" award, was hailed by such celebrated authors as Julie Garwood and Linda Lael Miller, while Past Promises earned the praises of Amanda Quick. Her most recent novels include Until Tomorrow, After All, Last Chance, and Day Dreamer.

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