I read this book many many years ago and loved it so very much. I am usually not much for southern belles and American backdrop of a story. But this book is SPECIAL.
Hero is a fighter, lost an eye and is tough tough tough. The heroin is a delicate southern flower who feels very unloved by her father (also the truth). She went to the Phillipines to meet her father for the first tmie in many many years but got herself into trouble. The hero lent a helping hand, grudgingly and tried to be rid of her. When that did not work out, he decided to take her along with him and ask for ransom from her family, which of course, is unknown to the heroin.
It is an endearing story of an emotionally abandoned girl coming to her own, learning her self-worth and falling in love. It is also a story of a tough warrior, after much suffering and little comfort in life, meeting his destiny, learning to take care of someone else other than himself and falling in love.
Ms. Jill Barnett wrote beautifully in this book. Her style is funny and touching at the same time. You will not regret reading this book. After more than 15 years I still remember vividly the events in the story. Truly a wonderful book.