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Contemporary
Breaking the Clouds
By Sarah W
Aug 9, 2008 - 1:52:18 PM

Bronwen Mellor was very excited to move to New Zealand and begin her new teaching job. It was to be the experience of a lifetime, only, her husband Jack does not seem to see it that way. While Bron is flourishing, Jack is miserable. His drinking has escalated and their relationship is on the verge of collapse since they hardly ever see each other anymore. Then, Bron’s mysterious and rather odd cousin, Marged, decides to come for a visit. Bron is shocked to learn that Marged’s mother has been murdered! Marged is hardly the woman Bron remembers, but she definitely seems to be still a bit sly and cunning.


Bron’s life takes a turn for the worse when she discovers Jack has disappeared. He has been lying to her about his job and work schedule and suddenly, he is nowhere to be found, with most of Bron’s money gone too. What is happening to Bron’s life? There are very few people Bron can turn to in her time of need but Job Tepi seems to be one of the good guys. Her neighbor’s brother, he is handsome, wealthy, and a good friend. But with Jack’s disappearance, Job’s involvement in her life takes on a sinister cast. Will Bron ever get to the bottom of all these mysteries and get her life back on track?

 

Margaret Blake’s BREAKING THE CLOUDS is a sweet romance. Bron is a good woman who is having a very tough time all of a sudden. Problems are creeping out of the woodwork, making her idyllic life in New Zealand seem impossible to hold onto. Bron is tough though and she is trying very hard to find answers. She is not going to wait around for someone else to solve her problems. I admired her determination and grit. Bron has a good ally in Job though at times his motivations are called into question. He hides some things from Bron, making their attraction a bit more complicated. Bron needs answers before she can fully move on with her life and Job is too tempting.

 

BREAKING THE CLOUDS has an interesting mystery aspect to the story, along with a slow-building but emotional romance. Margaret Blake captures the beauty of New Zealand along with taking her characters on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and questions.



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