In 1888, Kira Wall, surviving daughter of missionaries swept away in a tsunami, lives a primitive, but enjoyable life with natives on an isolated island in the South Pacific. But her serene world is turned upside down when an Australian merchant ship, commanded by the sinister Captain Darcy Coleman, arrives with an overabundance of modern and lavish goods. Kira suspects ill intent. Chief Ariki refuses to listen to Kira’s warning, forcing her to uncover the real plan of the captain on her own. Unfortunately, she has a distraction. A six-foot tall, blond, and handsome distraction. Trevor Marshall, doctor and botanist, hopes to find exotic plants on the island to research new cures and medicines. He is dedicated to science, but when meeting the strong-willed, beautiful Kira Wall, he’d prefer to spend time researching her—all night.
The captain thwarts Kira’s attempts to call him out at every step, turning the village chief against her. With only Trevor and her best friend Malana by her side, she stalks the captain and his officers through the dense, predator infested jungle, toward the island’s inactive volcano. Frustrated by her failure to reveal the captain’s true intentions, Kira begins to think maybe she’s wrong about everything. Then an explosion and earthquake bigger than anyone on the island has ever seen renews her resolve. Was the blast natural or man-made? She is determined to prove it was the captain’s doing. Kira races against time and the island people’s naivety to stop the captain from destroying her home and killing everyone she loves.
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As I have said in a previous review I love historical fiction. I love being transported to another time and place. After reading Chakana I was thrilled to read Guardian Of Paradise, and I wasn't let down. This was just as good as Chakana, and I enjoyed every second of it. W.E. Lawrence really knows how to transport you back in time and take you on crazy adventures with his characters.
Kira, much like Kate, was a strong female character that cares about the people that live on the island with her. She's wary when Captain Darcy Coleman and his crew arrive on the island. The natives don't think anything is wrong, but Kira knows better. She has a bad feeling about them and she knows that these new strangers are going to use the people she holds dear. And she was right.
Enter Trevor, the handsome young man who Kira falls for, and who falls for her. He wants to help her keep the people of her island safe. He cares for her and while she doesn't want to see her hurt. It takes Kira a while to warm up to him, but in the end Kira falls for him and he helps her and her friend in saving their people.
I highly recommend this book. If you love history, tropical islands, hot guys, adventure, and action. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more until the very end.
Overall rating: 5 Stars