I was blown away by this book. It was as if I went to Sri Lanka. While I’m enjoying a very find tour of the tropical island, I fell in love with both the beautiful Sri Lanka tour guide, Sepalika, and the handsome Irishman, Daniel. Actually, I think I became the Sri Lanka tour guide at some point. So for a short while, I was a fabulous person filled with such kindness and generosity.
This is a heartwarming love story of a Sri Lanka young woman who is in a long engagement to a wealthy man she cannot endure. (He’s wretched.) She is a fabulous tour guide, and has always kept a professional wall between her and her tourists. Until now. A handsome Irishman who has a great love of history becomes enchanted with Sepalika. Since he’s a tourist and she’s engaged (albeit unhappily) their love takes seed in their joint love of history and grows from there. Given the codes of Sri Lanka, their feelings remain mostly internal and heartfelt than physical. But their love is as real as you’ll get.
Honestly, had a fire broken out in my house during the last quarter of the book, I would have probably not noticed and burned to death. I was 100% captivated by this story.
So here’s my best advice:
If you wish to visit Sri Lanka, but don’t have time or money to fly there, then consider this a MUST read.
If you wish to slowly fall into the deepest of love while in Sri Lanka, then consider this an absolute MUST READ.
However, if you ARE planning to go to Sri Lanka, you might not want to read this book until you return, because I’m worried you’ll be disappointed with reality, when your hired tour guide isn’t half so interesting and especially when you don’t meet and fall in love with a handsome Irish fellow.
When you do buy the book, make sure your stove is off before you sit down to read, and choose a comfortable chair, because you’ll want to read this in one sitting. 5 stars for sure!
For those who have yet begun to buy on my word, here's the blurb and excerpt:
Some people are destined to meet.
It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him?
Follow the two on their quest for a happy ending amid the beauty and wonders of the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka.
She bit her lip, afraid she was talking too much, but he was hanging on her every word.
“What an unusual choice.”
Was that admiration in his cultured voice?
Before she had the chance to respond, maybe shoot another question at him, a sudden gust of wind stirred up the landscape. The surprisingly strong breeze whipped her hat from her head. It sailed away for several feet before plopping to the ground unceremoniously when the wind settled as fast as it had risen.
“C’mere, let me get that for you.”
With that, Daniel stalked off on his long legs while she stared at him in surprise. Within seconds, he picked up the hat, shook some non-existent dust off, and returned. She half reached out for the hat, but her arm dropped to her side lifelessly when the power of his gaze hit her.
He was drinking in her face, free of its shading hat. God, was he really scanning every single detail, the way a man would hungrily let his gaze wander over the face of a woman he found attractive? When was the last time somebody had reacted to her like that?
Her throat went dry, and Sepalika was frozen into place. Daniel prowled closer, until he wasn’t standing more than a foot or two away, and she had to tilt up her head to look into his eyes, wanting to drown in their greenish-grey depths.
They stared at each other, and she wondered why a small frown was forming a vertical line between his eyebrows. In slow motion, he lifted his arms and gently placed the hat on her hair, pushing it down until her eyes were in the shade again. His hands never touched her, but the deliberate slowness and strange intimacy of the gesture had her pulse fluttering in her throat. His gaze strayed to its frantic movement beneath her caramel-colored skin.
“There you go now,” he said softly.
The air between them was charged. She expected him to touch her any moment. She wanted him to do so.
“Tell me your name again.”
His voice was husky and barely more than a whisper.
Where was her voice? Swallowing and resisting the urge to wet her lips with her tongue, she said, “Sepalika.”
His gaze traveled to her mouth and back up to her eyes.
Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.
Having always loved to read and write, Devika Fernando made her dream come true in 2014 when she became a self-published novelist. The Amazon bestselling author has published several eBooks in the genres contemporary romance, paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Her German and Sri Lankan roots influence her writing.