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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Quintal's Return by Nadine Christian is filled with plenty of twists, suspense, and romance that easily transported me to Pitcairn Island. Jen and Kate Quintal look enough alike that they could be twins, but that's where the similarities stop. Jen is outgoing and impetuous, never really worrying about anything, while her older sister Kate is more practical. So when the pair accepts a job on Pitcairn Island managing the new luxury hotel Bounty's Retreat, romance was the last thing on Kate's mind. When she meets Bryce Brown, there is an instant attraction, but someone doesn't want them together, and is determined to do whatever it takes to keep them apart, including jeopardizing the hotel's success. As Kate unravels the mystery of who is behind the sabotage, things escalate and soon Kate's life is in jeopardy.
Quintal's Return is a visual feast for the imagination! The author's choice of words paints a beautiful portrait of Pitcairn Island. I honestly could imagine the scenery as the author described it. The island really had a small town feel, and the sense of community was great! I loved the characters of Jen and Kate. Jen seemed like a 'fly by the seat of your pants' girl, while Kate was a more planned person, never really stepping out of her comfort zone, which made the romance that developed between Kate and Bryce much more interesting. Speaking of romance, the sizzle between Kate and Bryce was electric! While there were a few sex scenes, they were very well written and really added to the story. From the townspeople to the varied guests at the hotel, the cast of characters kept the plot moving along. The suspense of the woman scorned and what she might be planning really revved up the story, but in the end the author allowed me to feel empathy for her. Suspense and romance readers are in for a real treat, but anyone who enjoys a great escape to a sunny island will love this visually stimulating story that left me feeling like I had actually taken a trip to Pitcairn Island!