The many faces of love spun into a tale of loss, past political intrigue, and a young woman’s inner journey accepting who she is.
Justin is dead drunk, and nursing a week-old breakup from a girlfriend of seven years when Leilani rescues him from thugs. Leilani is in a healing profession, but can she heal herself? When she learns the dark truth about why her family fled their homeland without her father, she’s devastated. Can Justin and Leilani overcome their pasts and find a way to be together?
Leilani’s mother has never set foot in her school until the day she comes to whisk her children out of their country for America, without their father and without explanation. Eighteen years later, she just wants to leave the past behind, move forward. Like her long-lost father, she heals people.
Now an exotic beauty, Leilani lives in California, peacefully alone and focused on work. But everything changes one evening when, on her way home from work, she sees thugs beating a man. Sprawled on the sidewalk, he’s dead drunk. Out of instinct, Leilani rescues him.
Justin Halverson has been nursing a recent breakup. His live-in girlfriend of seven years left him for a woman. He’s miserable, more so because of a recent family tragedy. Justin hits bottom, but he thinks of his family and comes out of his black thoughts.
At the home of Elise and Greg Thorpe, he meets Leilani again. His sister has invited her to dinner.
A lovable computer nerd with a biting sense of humor, Justin finds himself attracted to Leilani. But she sees obstacles. Justin is on the rebound, and may have a rescuer complex. So, she doesn’t want to get involved. Besides, her past won’t remain buried.
A friend of her father arrives with shocking news. He is alive. The family renews its attempts to find him. Mrs. Torres realizes it’s time to tell her children the dark truth about their father’s role in a deadly political web.
Shattered by the truth, Leilani wonders: Is her father a hero or a villain? She turns to Justin for solace and finally admits she loves him. For some happy weeks, she forgets her turmoil.
But the past is impossible to run away from. Together with Justin, she must get her father out of her former home. Can she forgive her father, accept him for what he is? And can she reconnect with her roots and be at peace with who she is?
Welcome, Reluctant Stranger is Book 3 in the family saga, Between Two Worlds.