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Thailand's pristine Ko Phi Phi island attracts tourists from around the world. There, struggling to make ends meet, small-resort owners Lek and Sarai are happy to give an American named Patch room and board in exchange for his help. But when Patch's brother, Ryan, arrives, accompanied by his girlfriend, Brooke, Lek learns that Patch is running from the law, and his presence puts Lek's family at risk. Meanwhile, Brooke begins to doubt her love for Ryan while her feelings for Patch blossom.
In a landscape where nature's bounty seems endless, these two families are swept up in an approaching cataclysm that will require all their strength of heart and soul to survive...
saw that Niran had the ball and was dribbling toward the goal. “Hurry,” Lek whispered, clenching his fists, releasing the tension when another boy kicked the ball away from Niran as other defenders cheered. “Mother’s waiting,” Lek interjected, stepping toward the game. Suchin passed the ball to one of her teammates, waved good-bye, and turned toward her father. Niran started to do the same but saw that a small hermit crab had wandered onto the field. He bent down, picked it up, and hurried
seventeenth-century world. Shors accomplishes this nicely, taking the armchair traveler into some of the intricacies involved in creating a monument that remains one of the architectural and artistic wonders of the world.” —The Denver Post “[Shors] writes compellingly [and] does a lovely job of bringing an era to life.... an author to anticipate.” —Omaha World-Herald “A sumptuous feast of emotional imagery awaits the reader of Beneath a Marble Sky, an unabashedly romantic novel set in
easier. So thank Buddha for giving you that boyish face. Because without it, your problems would be yours alone. I certainly wouldn’t be sharing them with you.” “Thank you, Buddha.” “Thank him again. A hundred times. If I were you, I’d thank him every day. That way, he won’t decide to change his mind.” DEEP WITHIN THE MIDST OF his dream, Patch’s instincts told him that the newcomer wasn’t to be trusted. He acted too confident while walking up the stairs that led to the second level. In the
Resisting the urge to peek, she bit her lower lip, smiling again. “Almost done,” he said, and she heard the strike of a cigarette lighter. “With what?” “Wait, wait, wait. Okay. Now, open your eyes.” Patch had wedged five table candles into the branches surrounding them. He’d also set a single white-and-pink orchid on the beam in front of her. “Happy birthday,” he said, facing her, holding four opened beers. The candles flickered in the breeze. Brooke picked up the orchid, her forefinger
music, which seemed to drift down from above—a woman’s voice, rising and falling, accompanied by violins. Ryan had listened to thousands of musicians create wonder with their voices, with the keys of a piano, but he had never heard such beauty as he did now. The woman sang in a language that was foreign to him, yet her words seemed directed at him. He saw her in a dark room, her lips red, her long hair pulled back. Surrounding her were musicians holding stringed instruments, everyone moving so