Release date: 12 August 2013
Alice Treemont has given up hope of meeting the right man and falling in love. Living in depopulated Blake’s Folly, a quirky community of rusting cars, old trailers, clapboard shacks and thirsty weeds, she spends her time cooking vegetarian meals, rescuing unwanted dogs and protecting the most unloved creatures on earth: snakes. What man would share those interests? Certainly not Jace Constant whose life in Chicago includes elegant women, fine dining and contemporary art.
Jace has come to Nevada to research the new book he’s writing, but he won’t be staying; as far as he’s concerned, Blake’s Folly is hell on earth. He’s disgusted by desert dust on his fine Italian shoes, dog hair on his cashmere sweaters and by desert bleakness. As for snakes, he doesn’t only despise them: they terrify him.
So how is it possible that each time Alice and Jace meet, the air sizzles? That she’s as fascinated by him as he is by her? That they know their feelings go deeper than raw desire? Still, it looks like this relationship is doomed before it starts: Jace won’t be around for long, and Alice wants to avoid the heartbreak of a short fling.
In need of some juicy romantic gossip, the other 52 residents of Blake’s Folly have decided Alice has been alone for long enough. The attraction between her and Jace is obvious to everyone, so why worry about essential differences? If you trust in love, solutions do appear. But don’t those solutions call for too many compromises, too much self-sacrifice?
by J. Arlene Culiner
Winner of the RRM (Romance Reviews Magazine) Award for Great Reads.
Culiner has written a delightful novel packed with quirky villagers … You feel like you’re leaning over the back fence… in a time that transcends cultures and age – gossiping about the folks next door. — The Hamilton Spectator
“In Culiner’s book there lurks a fascination with an exotic locale…it takes the form of discovering a time-frozen society, both in point of customs and outlook.” —Academiadu
“Culiner [has] innate skill as a storyteller, seeker of truth, and photographer of life. The characters are inventive and yet grounded in human truths; the writing is witty and begs to be read over and over again; the story is pristine and poignant.” — Lucid Forge
“She brings her characters to life in a most satisfactory and often droll manner.” — Reviewing the Evidence
“An insightful study of the manners and mores of the inhabitants of a small town.” — The Sherbrooke Record
“A good story served up in a quirky, quick-witted style.”— Three O’Clock Press
Sensuality Level: Sensual
J. Arlene Culiner, born in New York, raised in Toronto, has spent most of her life in England, Germany, Holland, Turkey, France, Greece, Hungary and the Sahara. She now resides in a 300-year-old former inn in a French village of no real interest. Much to everyone’s dismay, she protects all living creatures—especially spiders—and her wild (or wildlife) garden is a classified butterfly and bird reserve. She can be found at: www.j-arleneculiner.com