Legacy of the Tropics

Fiction - Adventure
301 Pages
Reviewed on 01/29/2019
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Author Biography

Mary Deal is an Amazon bestselling , award-winning author of suspense/thrillers, romance, a short story collection, a writer’s reference, and self-help. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her first feature screenplay, Sea Storm, was a Semi-Finalist in a Moondance International Film Festival competition. She is a former newspaper columnist and magazine editor. Mary is currently writing the third story in her Sara Mason Mystery series.

She has traveled a great deal and has a lifetime of diverse experiences, all of which remain in memory as fodder for her fiction. A native of California’s Sacramento River Delta, where some of her stories are set, she has also lived in England, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also an oil painter and photographer. Her art is used to create gorgeous personal and household products from her online galleries.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Legacy of the Tropics is three inter-related stories combined into one dynamic read. Each of the stories has its own ups, downs and excitement tying the characters together in love, friendship, hardship, tragedy, joy and sorrow. “Promises” is a beautifully sad love story with Ciara finding true love with Rico and his son Pablo. One boat ride will change lives forever, as their boat doesn’t survive a sudden storm and they become castaways on a small, out of the way island. “Adrift” is the story of Lilly and her love of the sea. Her passion is diving and taking pictures of the coral, fish and turtles that inhabit the waters of Hawaii. When things go horribly wrong on one of these trips, Lilly comes close to death and must make some changes in her life because of it. “Reunion” finds Ciara and Lilly, only acquaintances in “Promises,” now reunited as neighbors and friends. When a hurricane hits their island, they are forced to endure challenges that would again change their lives forever. The hurricane damages their homes and much more before its path is through.

I enjoyed how each of these books joined together to become one story centering on Ciara and Lilly. These women were strong characters that survived shipwrecks, rip currents, hurricanes, tragedy and love. I found “Reunion” to be a little slow going at times, but it really didn’t take too much away from the enjoyment of the story. Mary Deal's descriptions of Hawaii made me want to drive to the airport and get on the next plane to Hawaii. My thought was then when I landed I could go and find Ciara and Lilly! Legacy of the Tropics is a good book on so many levels of fiction; adventure, suspense, romance and more, all wrapped up in one great bundle.

Keith Julius

In Legacy of the Tropics, we are presented with three novellas linked together through common elements. All three stories revolve around tropical paradises, the kinds of places we dream about visiting or perhaps moving to someday. Promises is told from Ciara Malloy's point of view, as she plans for her future with Rico Rey and his young son, Pablo. Together they embark on a sailing trip in a large wooden boat lovingly restored by Rico. Adrift relates Lilly Avery's story, as she tells of a snorkeling excursion with her friend Glen and shares the love she feels for all sea creatures, but in particular the turtles that visit her favorite swimming area. Reunion brings the two women together, as Lilly learns more about her new friend – and herself. The first story takes place in Puerto Rico, while the last two are based on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

The tropics are displayed in loving detail, and it's obvious author Mary Deal has spent time in both locales. You can almost feel the tropical breezes and smell the lush vegetation of the area through the vivid descriptions presented. But all is not as it seems in paradise. A recurring theme of Legacy of the Tropics is the beauty and awesome power of nature unleashed, as Mary Deal presents leisurely-paced stories that build to dramatic conclusions. Though the pacing seems slow at times, particularly considering the struggles these two women must endure, the stories don't disappoint. Both women are independent and strong-willed, though each looks at life and relationships from a different perspective. The reader can't help but cheer Ciara and Lilly on as they face nature at its most raw, meeting their adversary head on and triumphing through seemingly impossible odds. I enjoyed this book and the writing.

Mary Deal

This book is fictionalized from some of my harrowing escapades at sea. I have lived on both the Caribbean and Hawaii. Some of the reviews this book has received confirmed my feeling and relationship with the ocean and with island living. I am well-pleased with this book because so much of me is in it.