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When her elderly friend and mentor asks for a favor, Tansy can't refuse. But returning her friend's heirloom to its rightful owners will sweep her halfway around the world and into a twisted family history of romance, intrigue, and danger.
Frustrated by his grandfather's mounting pressure to locate a lost family treasure, Sebastian Sandoval decides that serving as a tour guide for the lovely American he met on the plane is just the distraction he needs. But the secrets they're keeping threaten both their blossoming romance and their faith in God.
Second place winner in the Romance Writers of America Faith, Hope, and Love chapter's "Touched By Love" contest for Short Contemporary Fiction in 2009.
Santiago Sol is an enchanting novella rife with shades of intrigue, nefarious characters, a mysterious artifact, and a romantic puzzle begging to be solved. The hero in this novella, Sebastian, (love that name) is a handsome man of old world charm and mystery. The heroine, writer Tansy Chastain, is someone I could completely root for and relate to, a young woman on a quest.
Months later, I can clearly recall many scenes from the book (great sensory engagement) and I felt for this woman who was all alone in a strange land. How delightful to find that while she started out merely fulfilling an old friend’s final wish, the circuitous path she set out on was right where God wanted her to be. With strong well-written characters and lush settings, this very sweet romance swept me away to an exotic South American locale.
I will eagerly await more from this author.
Santiago Sol was my first journey with Niki Turner. The story begins with Tansy holding the frail hand of a former missionary she’d been interviewing. The elderly woman insists Tansy hand deliver a stolen heirloom to the Sandoval family. The adventure takes Tansy from Denver to Chile. Sebastian Sandoval flies from Miami to Santiago. He’s attracted to the nervous beauty whose hazel eyes “ratcheted the hum into a buzz at the base of his skull.” They part at landing, but Tansy needs to avail herself of Sebastian’s offer to help before she leaves the airport. “Tansy settled into a leather seat that hugged her tired frame like a lover.” Sigh. Ms. Turner has a way with phrases, surprises, and intrigue. I read the story with avid appreciation, and look forward to my next trip with Niki Turner.