Jewel of the Adriatic: Softcover
What happens when a nightgown model and a soap opera star meet in a Croatian village where millions believe the Mother of God appears to three visionaries? Yugoslavian born Maya Lidovic owns Intimate Whispers, a New York based sleepwear company. Determined not to lose her faith in a secular world, she spends her vacations leading tours in Valselo where her parents run an inn. Colin O'Reilly plays heartthrob, Dr. Brock Stone, on the soap opera Tides Of Tomorrow. Through various setbacks in life he's managed to keep God first. But now he's furious at God for taking his mother. Colin doesn't believe that God has sent the Virgin Mary to earth with messages of hope. He doesn't believe that God cares about the world. Can a series of apparitions, prophetic dreams and earthy attraction draw these different people together when human frailties obscure the intention of the call that brought them to their destinies?
Colin swept her up in his arms again. “See you back at the house, Tom.”
She swayed and bobbled with the herky-jerky motion. “You can’t carry me down the mountain. I’m too heavy. You’ll hurt yourself.”
“Only if you keep wiggling around.”
He landed awkwardly, and her stomach dove. “Colin!” She buried her head in his neck. “I’m scared.”
“Don’t be. I’ve got you.” His breath was warm against her ear. “Just stay like that, close to me. Keep as still as you can; it’ll help me balance.”
He squeezed her tighter in his arms. “I’ll keep you safe.”
She breathed easier locked against him like that. She heard his heartbeat hammer from his exertion, and the steady drumming soothed her.
“I could get used to this,” he said.
She raised her head slowly. “What, carrying people down all the hills and mountains in Valselo?”
“No.” He smiled. “I could get used to having you in my arms.”
She felt tongue-tied. What should she say? Should she admit that there was no place she would rather be? That she had never felt so safe and protected? She wanted to trust him but how could she after the sting of his display with Brianna?