It's that time of the month again to learn a bit about a character I'd love to invite to lunch!
Today, I want to introduce you to Nick O'Connor, the main character of The Prisoner of Paradise by Rob Samborn. I was lucky enough to spend an hour interviewing Rob on The Writer's Lounge last week, and he's as interesting as his character! (You can listen to the interview here).
But back to Nick O'Connor. Nick is a passionate man. He feels deeply for his wife. He is willing to put many things in his own life on hold for her. Until.
It's the "until" that draws me in. He hears a woman in a famous Venetian painting talking to him, and the feelings he has toward that woman rival the feelings he has for his wife. The rest of the novel, Nick spends his time proving his love - to both women. Although I don't believe in reincarnation, I have definitely loved before. How would I respond if an old love turned up on my doorstep, especially if there were unresolved feelings? You'll have to read the book to see how Nick handles this dilemma!
To me, this is a cross between a historical romance and a historical thriller. Think Julia Quinn meets Dan Brown. And the best part? The Prisoner of Paradise is the first of a series. I highly recommend The Prisoner of Paradise and am looking forward to more books with Nick O'Connor!
I just finished Rob's book, as well as Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen, The Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns, Carry On, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse, and Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty.
I'm currently reading Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler, The Third Mrs Galway by Deirdre Sinnott, and Surrender by Wayne Drake (I'll be interviewing Wayne on May 30th on The Writer's Lounge).
I am still raising money for Ukraine, and as part of that effort, the digital version of Sunflowers Beneath the Snow is available for $3.99 with $1 going to support the Ukrainian effort. This special price is only available through the Must Read Historical Fiction promotion. Feel free to pass the link on to your friends! (https://books.bookfunnel.com/mustreadhf/ya2yibdb87)
Thank you for being part of my writing journey. Happy reading until next time!
PS: I've raised nearly $500 for Ukraine so far. Pass the word on to your friends - what's better than reading a good book and helping Ukraine at the same time?
Teri M Brown, author of An Enemy Like Me and Sunflowers Beneath the Snow connects readers with characters they'd love to invite to lunch.
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