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A Magic Santa brings Romance in the warm Caribbean.
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Marti Bell is facing the prospect of a very unmerry Christmas. Reluctantly, leaving her married lover she travels toward ice, snow, and judgmental family until a magic Santa sends her to a surprise destination in the warm waters of the Caribbean.
Wherever Island would be a winter paradise except the only place to stay is the beachside cottage of romantic globetrotting photographer Cliff Holmes . Cliff wants to unwind and treat Marti to a little romantic Caribbean Christmas fun but she’s determined to stay in the warm ocean and out of hot water.
Check out the recipe on http://www.amberpolo.com/christmas.html for the magic Christmas cake featured in Christmas on Wherever Island.
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The plane landed. What had she done? A shiver of apprehension shook Marti’s body. She’d never acted irresponsibly. She collected her luggage and followed her seatmate to the doorway. A blast of warm, heady sea air settled over her. Where was she? Wherever she was, she felt her body relax. Her face softened. Nobody knew her. Or where she was. She felt lighter.
She walked down the steps of the only plane on an airfield ringed by palm trees and crossed the tarmac to the lone building. Under the heat of a tropical sun, carrying belongings intended for a trip to a very cold place, she entered the open door marked WI BVI Customs.
“Welcome to Wherever Island!” A black man in a blue and white uniform handed her a form and asked for her passport. Grateful to be the obsessively organized person who always traveled with a passport, she held it out. After a quick inspection, he handed it back, smiled, and pointed to a woman at a table. “Please take your things there, Ma’am.”
The customs clerk quickly checked Marti’s purse and carry-on and frowned at the wrapped gifts. “Visiting family here?”
“No, Ma’am. Last-minute trip.”
The clerk raised her eyebrows. “Hotel?”
“Any recommendations?” Marti smiled with what she hoped looked like a dumb tourist grin.
The woman frowned again. “Ma’am, you must have a hotel reservation. Can’t have Americans sleeping all over our beaches, now can we.”
“May I call a hotel?”
“All hotels and the resort are filled. It’s Christmas.” The woman’s eyebrows arched.
“What am I supposed to do? Get back on the plane?” The noise of her plane taking off drowned out her words. Welcome to paradise, now go home? She felt a movement behind her and the customs officer’s eyes looked up. A male voice said, “Perhaps I could help?”
Marti turned and looked into Cliff Holmes’ broad chest. Cliff smiled his world traveler soldier of fortune smile. He’d changed from those attention-grabbing tight jeans into khaki shorts and a perfectly wrinkled white shirt. His camera cases sat on a cart next to a huge canvas duffle.
“Ms. Bell and I work for the same company.” He removed folded papers from his passport case. “I’m here to film your beautiful island. This letter from the Ministry of Tourism will explain. I have reserved a two bedroom cottage at the resort. I was expecting Sonja Holmes on this flight. Perhaps she missed the connection. In any case, I would be happy to share my lodgings with Ms. Bell.”
You Gotta Read
“Not only is the setting sensational, the hero will sweep you off your feet…this is one story I can read every Christmas season. …a great happily ever after story.”
A “You Gotta Read” from You Gotta Read Reviews. Reviewed by Roberta
What a fantasy! I’d love to travel to a mysterious Caribbean Island for a romantic holiday with a gorgeous man. ...I do like the changes she makes when she steps up and reevaluates her life. Marti is smart, beautiful, and fun but she doesn’t recognize her own worth. ... the beautiful Wherever Island sounds like paradise, who wouldn’t want to go there. For an entertaining, fun and enlightening but quick Christmas read, ... let your fantasy begin! Ms. Polo is a new author for me but I hope to find she has more charming stories to entertain me.
Fallen Angel Reviews Stepanie B 4 Angels
Bitten by Books
"This is a wonderful story...Marti is so focused on her boyfriend
that she forgets about herself and her needs. For once, she will
give to herself. Cliff comes off as cocky in the beginning of the
story, but as it goes on, you see him in a different light. He
becomes more approachable, and that façade he shows
everyone drops away. I want a ticket." Four Tombstones -
Reviewed by Megan for Bitten by Books
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