APHRODITE'S STAND by Sandra  Scott


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A newlywed falls into a web of amorous intrigue and danger when she visits her new husband’s homeland in this novel.

Dr. Andra Williams prepares for her wedding to Jayson Theonopilus with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. Although they come from different backgrounds—Andra is African-American and Jayson is Greek—she loves her fiance and believes God brought them together. Despite her happiness, she is plagued by uncertainty and nightmares. After the wedding, the couple travel to Jayson’s native Greece. His father, Georigios, is charming, but his brother, Stefano, is rude and dismissive. Stefano is opposed to Jayson’s marriage and his plans to enter the ministry. The family’s olive groves are not producing enough crops, and he is worried the business may collapse. Wary of seeking outside help, Stefano wants Jayson to stay in Greece and help the family, even if it means leaving Andra. His animosity toward Andra also masks a deep passion for her, and he calls her Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. As the Theonopiluses struggle to save their olive groves, they face a crisis when Andra is abducted. A divided family must save her before she becomes a serial killer’s next victim. The latest romantic suspense tale from Scott (Walk Upon the Wings of the Wind, 2014, etc.) combines a sprawling family saga with the pulse-pounding intensity of a thriller. The author is particularly adept at creating strong and nuanced characters. The large cast is anchored by Andra and Jayson. The opening chapters effectively establish their love and unwavering bond in the face of racial prejudice. Their families are well-developed, especially Stefano and Andra’s sister, Racine, whose concern for her sibling is rooted in a tragic event from her own past. Scott successfully balances two central narratives throughout the tale, the Theonopilus family’s effort to save its olive groves and Andra’s mysterious abduction. Although the story has enough twists and turns to rival any soap opera, engaging characters and a well-paced narrative keep the book from becoming too overwrought.

A well-constructed, if melodramatic, romantic suspense thriller.

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5320-3466-4
Page count: 380pp
Publisher: iUniverse
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2018


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