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Welcome, Reluctant Stranger

(Between Two Worlds #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A Riveting Tale of Love, Loss, and Finding Your Own Way.

Can a family bury its secret past?

Like her long-lost father, Leilani heals people. But can she heal herself? Accept the awful truth about her father―left behind when her family fled the troubled country of Costa Mora eighteen years ago?

Brokenhearted, Justin just wants to drown his sorrows. But he finds more trouble th
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Paperback, 318 pages
Published May 15th 2015 by Sojourner Books (first published January 1st 2015)
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Aditi
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”

---- Kiran Desai


Evy Journey has penned a soul touching contemporary romance novel, Welcome, Reluctant Stranger which is the third book in the Between Two Worlds series, that tells the story of a young woman who saves the life of a stranger by some local thugs thus bringing these two unknown souls together.


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A Riveting Tale of Love, Loss, and Finding Your Own Way.

Can a family bury its secret past?

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The Book Girl
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This had so much potential to be an awesome story. But it ended up just being a good story.

This is the third book in a series and I didn’t know that going into this book, so I would recommend picking up the other books before you start this one as it will be easier for you to follow and more enjoyable.

This piqued my interest because of its exploration of psychology, the mind, and human nature. Those are some of my favorite topics being a psychology student. Anytime I can analyze characters and
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Rachel Kester
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel by Evy Journey tells the story of a woman named Leilani who has led a rather troubling life with her father suddenly disappearing and her mother not always being there. One day, she sees a man (Justin) being assaulted. She helps to free him from the assaulters and they eventually start a romantic relationship after meeting yet again a week later. However, Leilani suddenly receives startling news that her long-lost father might actually be alive but is held captive, and she embarks wit ...more
Andrii Sedniev
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. While reading I was able to get immersed in the characters, the plot, and the author’s writing style. In this story Leilani’s family secrets starts unveil when a friend of her father, who disappeared, knocks at their door. All the while she meets Justin who is an adorable computer nerd who gave up on love. Leilani is still not sure if her father is a hero or a villain, all she knows is she must save him from their old island home. This book captivated my atten ...more
Lynn Reynolds
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Leilani “Lani” Torres comes to the rescue just in time. Justin Halverson is a man with troubles that he’s trying to internalize – not talk about. None of these characters seem to have a simple life – seem more complex. There are times that you’ll wonder what each of them is thinking but not being told you have no way of knowing. So you will need to pay attention to the scenes as they go by to see if those blanks get filled in.

Some of the story may appear to be suspenseful but we
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Katy
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love a good romance mixed with mystery and that is exactly what I found in Welcome, Reluctant Stranger. Although this is the third book in the series, you can read it without being lost. Each book is based on a different love story, with some of the characters from the previous books appearing in this one. The story is that of Leilani and Justin. Leilani comes to Justin's rescue after she sees him being assaulted and saves him by wielding a gun. The plot thickens as she and Justin fall in love ...more
Grady
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
`I owe my rescue to your expert handling of a gun. Are you a female James Bond?'

Follow Evy Journey on her website and worlds of creativity open. She states as her lead in, `I see. I watch. I think. Therefore, I write.' But reading all the information she offers there about the career of writing among many other topics is a satisfying experience. Journey earned her PhD from the University of Illinois and has enjoyed a career in a mental health program in both research and evaluation. She writes l
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Niyati Em
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this sweet and clean romance. It made me feel all nice and good. I loved Leilani and Justin's relationship and I can somehow relate to a whirlwind romance when things change before you know it.

I was approached by the author to read the book and I was a little concerned that this was the third book in a series and whether I could approach it as a standalone.

But I needn't have worried because the series looks at stories of one couple every book. This book looked at Leilani and Justin.

Lei
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Dhivya Balaji
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
BOOK REVIEW:
The third instalment of the series lived up to the expectations I had from the previous books I had read. It followed the already established romance / drama pattern and lived it up with strong female characters. This time, the story is about Leilani, a pampered child whose family takes a sudden flight from one country to another due to various reasons. What happens nearly decades later when her random act of bravery and kindness opens up a portal to her past and how she reacts to a
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Shree
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Note : This review has been published in my blog - Book and Ink

As the title suggests the book is all about the newest addition to Halverson family – Leilani – the exotic looking psychologist with a troubled past from a faraway tiny island. The first two books were about the Halversons, while this third book is more about Leilani. Given that the second book ended in a mysterious note about Peter and his illness, I expected a substantial story line about him, sadly there was hardly any mention ab
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Laura
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Welcome, Reluctant Stranger is the third book in the Between Two Worlds series by E Journey. I enjoyed the first book Hello, My Love! and also the second book, Hello, Agnieszka! which I can now say was my favorite of the three. All three can be considered stand-alone novels but we have characters from Book One revisit in Book Two and a lot more in Book Three.

I was drawn to this third book, once again, because it had a different premise and also dealt with an immigrant family, this time of South
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Linda Diaz
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Leilani Torres had a very comfortable life on the island of Costa Mora. Growing up rich on an island in the Pacific is everything a young child could ever want. With two adoring parents, siblings, friends, and servants, Leilani was definitely well-cared for. And at nine years of age, Leilani was spoiled, and couldn’t imagine ever leaving the island. Decades later, she would reflect on how her childhood was about to undergo a dramatic change.

As an adult, in her late twenties, Leilani adjusted to
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Linda Walters
Started Strong, lost steam part way through.
First thing I wanted to say was that I really liked Leilani. The author helped make that happen right off the bat by introducing you to her when she was a young child. At least that's the way I saw it. You see her as a young, sheltered girl, protected from what was even going on in her own country. Until the fateful day that her Mama unexpectedly shows up at her Catholic private school.Then without explanation, they race to the airport with the rest of
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Marilyn R.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my third review of a book in author E. Journey's Between Two Worlds series and I have enjoyed every one. They are well written, boast intriguing plots and are easy to read (you pick up the book for what you think will be a few minutes, then are shocked when you put it down at how much time has passed). The author's mix of mystery, intrigue and romance is sure to be a hit with readers. Each book offers strong female characters, tough life challenges to face and a love that endures despite ...more
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The third installment of author E. Journey’s Between Two Worlds series opens with quotes by Albert Ellis and Noam Chomsky, the subsequent prologue occurring on a hot day in the schoolyard of a Catholic school on a tiny island in the Pacific, likely fictional, called Costa Mora, with the then-nine-year-old Leilani serving as the chief protagonist, she and her older sister and brother, Carmen and Rudy, not to mention their mother, flee the isle due to political revolution, the Torres family’s patr ...more
Susan Bissell
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
found the story a little slow moving, but I still enjoyed the book. Leilani is driving home from work late one evening in a bad neighbor when she sees a man being mugged and beaten. Taught at a young age how to handle a gun Leilani pulls over and scares off the men beating Justin on the ground by pointing her gun at them. They run off and Leilani gets Justin into her car and takes him to the hospital for his injuries. Later that day at the hospital Leilani meets Justin's family, She finds that ...more
Valerie Caraotta
From lost uncertainty to revived hope

This book, filled with drama and romance centers on the main character Leilani Torres and the changes she had to endure when her mother and brothers quickly fled the country. And innocent girl under the age of 10 had to endure unanswered questions as to why they were abruptly leaving and why her father would not be coming along.

Their arrival in California from fleeing Costa Mora will highlight Leilani "Dr. Torres "as a mature woman of 27 who is a psychologist
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Angela Thompson
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author's skills shine in Leilani. Leilani is a wonderful character which readers will grow to love as the book progresses. The author illustrates a deep understanding of human nature through Leilani--and allowing her own skills as both a writer and as a self-professed people watcher to shine through. I think Leilani was one of my favorite characters in E Journey's books.

E Jouney offers another human-focused story in Welcome, Reluctant Stranger. I have said this with every book I've read from
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Carleen
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Welcome Reluctant Stranger was a wonderful read! The beginning of the book is quite captivating. Leilani, who is a therapist is traveling home one evening after work and helps out a stranger who was being mugged. Little did she know that this would be the beginning of a life changing journey for her and her family. There are many twists and turns within this novel, but the author maintains that reader's attention throughout and wraps up the ending beautifully. There are no cliff hangers, but the ...more
Katie
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Welcome Reluctant Stranger was an emotional and deep romance novel. Leilani moved to the US as a child, with her family escaping a dangerous situation involving her father being involved in an attempt to overthrow a corrupt government in their home country. Leilani’s family escapes, but her father does not, leading to a great hole in Leilani’s life, which extends into her adulthood. Justin, who Leilani saves when she sees him being jumped and manages to get him to the hospital, is a man who had ...more
Avidreader
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book written about a woman's journey to find out who she is with regard to a perplexing past. Leilani is a complicated character who finds herself helping others through her therapy practice, but deep down wants to come to terms with who she really is and why her past has remained such a mystery. She was born on the island of Costa Mora, but fled late at night with her mother and siblings to the United States when she was nine years old. She loved her father and was told he ...more
Kat Ryan
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book in the Between Two Worlds series. While this is book three in the series, you certainly don’t have to read them in order, or even all of them. Each book has its own set of characters and its own story line. So pick up anywhere in the series, with a story that sounds good.

I was intrigued with the back of the book info, but it happened to sit on my shelf until the very last moment. (In fact I actually finished it this morning, but shhh) To be honest, I don’t know why that
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Regina Cobb
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought “Reluctant Stranger” by E. Journey was a powerful story of love, healing, and redemption. I immediately fell in love with Leilani, when reading the prologue, and I felt that the protagonist was very real, a psychologist, who has issues of her own, but doesn't deal with them because she is helping everyone else with their problems.

Leilani has great insight into people, as does her mother. When Leilana brings Justin, a man that she helps but gradually finds herself falling for, to her Ma
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Jessica
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected hero

Leilani not only reads people's mind but also saved a man's life. It seldom happen when a woman saved a man's life from the bad guys. She is remarkable and not only pretty but very brave too.

Leilani grow up privilege until one day when they moved out of the country to save her Mom's siblings life. She grew up to be independent but wants to forget her childhood past. This book is full of love, mystery and funny too. I love Leilani and Justin aside from Elise and Greg.

You can read
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Yi Le
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
In this book, Leilani, a therapist who helps others to heal, but has problems herself, has to deal with her father’s past and the secrets surrounding him. She fled to the United States with her family when she was young, except for her father, who was involved in the political struggles of the island where she lived. She meets Justin, the reluctant stranger, who gave up on love when his girlfriend left him for someone else years ago.

The characters felt very real and the story had more depth than
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Lee
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story...It's so interesting reading about Leilani, a young woman from Costa Mora, whose family flees the country when there is civil unrest, leaving her father to an unknown fate. It's suspenseful and emotional throughout the book. In America, when Leilani rescues a man being beaten on the street by three thugs, it starts her life in an unexpected direction, one filled with romance and love. As the two fall in love, she is filled with turmoil behind the scenes with wondering what ha ...more
Margaret Tidwell
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
Welcome, Reluctant Stranger by E Journey is the last book in the “Between Two Worlds” series. I have to say that this was my least favorite book in the series and I am not sure why. I just didn’t feel like I could connect with these characters as well as I did with the other characters in the first two books. There were also places where this book didn’t seem to flow as well. Now with all that being said I did still like this book. I like that you don’t have to read all the books to know what is ...more
Erin
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A decent romantic, drama novel. I found this book a little harder for me to get through than most, not because of the style of writing, just that it was a little slower than I would've liked. I thought the characters were well developed, and I absolutely loved Leilani. I found that I didn't have to read the other two books of this series in order to understand what was going on, that being said I would still like to read them. There are some definite twists and turns when it comes to Justin and ...more
Dennis Yoder
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found the book to be very intriguing. It had romance, mystery, politics, and family struggles. The author did a great job of writing and intertwining all the elements into a story that you just couldn't stop reading. You had to know what was going to happen next. There was just enough suspense to keep you guessing. As it turned out, it was somewhat predictable but not completely. It was an easy, fun read and I would recommend it to all who like romance and mystery novels.
Marian Gils-McLeod
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
My thanks goes out to those responsible for my receiving this book free through Goodreads First Reads. It was a thoroughly engaging book. I look forward to reading the first two books. I loved the characters who even through their foibles were so likeable. Near the finish of the book I kept waiting for the other shoe to fall but it didn't really. Somehow through the build up I expected a little more yet I was satisfied at the end. Thanks again for this opportunity to read this lovely book.
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