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Legacy of the Tropics

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Dangers of the sea are cloaked behind a facade of sunny beaches, balmy trade winds and swaying palm trees.

Two women fall prey to nature's wrath during inclement tropical weather. In "Child of a Storm", the ketch Mercy sinks during a sea storm off Culebra near the Virgin Islands. Ciara Malloy inherits her drowned financee's son, learns a devastating secret about the boy, a
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Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published February 24th 2018 by Creativia (first published March 15th 2011)
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James
Every once in a while, you come across an author who can write across multiple genres and make it seem like an incredibly easy task. Mary Deal is one of those not-so-frequent-few who can deliver romance, mystery, thriller, historical, and contemporary all throughout a wide variety of settings. Legacy of the Tropics is my fifth read from her growing literary works, and while I'm not sure if it's my favorite yet, it is definitely in the top two or three of what she's produced. At a 50-foot glance, ...more
Joseph Ferguson
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This group of intertwined short stories traces the lives of two women from Puerto Rico to Hawaii.

The opening tales depict what must be the most traumatic and defining moments in each one’s life: a shipwreck and the subsequent death of Ciara Malloy’s fiancée; and Lillian Avery’s endless hours caught in a rip current, lost in the existential meanderings of a mind coming to grips with imminent death.

The two, who were casual neighbors in Puerto Rico, meet again in Kauai where they bond before facing
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Martha Cheves
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Legacy of the Tropics - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish




Promises:

“Why don't you sleep in our house, Mama,” Pablo asked. “So we can be a family, like my friend Jose next door. His mama and papi live together. A renter lives in their cottage.”




Pablo, son of Rico Rey and soon to be step-son of Ciara Malloy, doesn't quite understand why the two people he loves most in the whole world aren't married and living together. Neither Pa
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Kenna McKinnon
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 5 stars because of the last two novellas, which carry on the promise of the first. The author's research is impeccable and the references to little-known facts interesting. The two women featured as protagonists are both in need of emotional completion but meet the tempestuous storms of the tropics in a similar strong fashion. Love finally comes on board for both women but I won't give away any spoilers. The first story is somewhat marred by an overuse of cliches and the second ...more
Rebecca
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3 star

Solid potential in the story, but the writing had a number of annoying awkward spots, and it tended to be tell-y in many spots.
Sandra Jackson
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Legacy of the Tropics by Mary Deal incorporates 3 stories that link together into one book. In the first story, Promises, Ciara Malloy, an American children’s author, falls in love with Rico and his young son, Pablo, while living in Puerto Rico. The second story, Adrift, is about Lilly, an ocean life photographer, who lives in Hawaii after having lived in Puerto Rico for a short time. Lilly, never seems to find the right man and wonders if he exists. In the final story, Reunion, a much older Cia ...more
B. Roman
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intimate, Romantic, Heart-rending!

Forming a breathtaking swath of adventure from Cuba to Puerto Rico to the Hawaiian Islands, Mary Deal’s trilogy takes readers from joy to tragedy and survival, and to redemption, where love transcends bloodlines and friendship knows no limitations.
At the heart of the stories, which all link together and come full circle, is the importance of home: of creating one, of making it a personal expression of one’s own values, a sanctuary that will stand strong against
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Berk Rourke
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely have I read a book which consumed me so completely for the time it took to finish the book. The is a story of two women, one living in Puerto Rico, in love, about to be married when tragedy strikes, and another, living in Kauai whose life is saved by the Honu, turtles in the midst of a rip tide. The two stories are told in separate chapters, then the lives of these two wonderful and determined women mesh. I won't tell you more about the story for to do so would be a spoiler. What I will s ...more
P.S. Winn
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I should say I usually don't give five stars to a collection. I almost always find one story stand out. That said, in this collection of three novellas, all of the stories stand out. The stories each have a theme of water and the tropics. "Promises". "Adrift" and "Reunion" are stories that are well written and hold a readers attention in their gripping tales. The author has knocked it out of the park this time and I recommend all not only grab this collection, but check out the authors ma ...more
Mari
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was almost ready to rate this as a four Stars, and then I read the last novella. It alone is worth the price of the book. The writing is taut, the characters quickly come to life, and the danger they all face from the fury of a hurricane will take your breath away. The underlying mystery of relationships isn’t explained in the story, but you know what secret the one character carries because you read the first novella. It’s a great tie everything up neatly ploy. Well done.
J&S Rosten
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Life's threads woven together

I enjoyed this book, although it seemed a little slow moving in parts , story line a little implausible. Lively described tropical storms, unexpected ending, but will not post any spoilers.
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Mary Deal is an award-winning multi-genre author of suspense/thrillers, a short story collection, writers’ references, and self-help. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, Artist and Photographer, and former newspaper columnist and magazine editor. She is currently writing the third story in her Sara Mason series, as well as a long romance novel, which is a new genre for her.

She has traveled and has a
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