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Tempting Hymn by Jennifer Hallock
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Another well-researched, subtle and sexy romance read from Jennifer Hallock (toeing the line between historical fiction and romance oh-so-deliciously.)

As you'll gather from the blurb, Jonas Vanderburg is an American missionary to the Philippines whose family succumbs to the cholera epidemic. He himself is on the brink of death save for the skill of nurse Rosa Ramos, late of Under The Sugar Sun. The Rosa in this book is a changed woman from the vain, nearly villainous role she was cast in the earlier book, because of a failed relationship with another American and a son out of wedlock.

There's a lot of sensitive issues here, in particular,from my perspective, the relationship between a white man and a Filipina woman, as it can so easily become icky. But Hallock handles this deftly and sweetly -- the first love scene between Jonas and Rosa is a master class.

I could easily devour 300 pages more of this story and I'd have liked a lengthier courtship, (view spoiler), but it's otherwise a fantastic addition to the Sugar Sun series.
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March 3, 2017 – Finished Reading
March 6, 2017 – Shelved

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