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Sabbatical In The Sun (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

Jackie Ullerich

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Jessica Slater would seem to have it all. She's young, personable, good looking and is making strides in her career as an educator.
Her personal life, however, is in disarray. Recently divorced, she's also coping with the loss of her mother to cancer. What better time than now to take sabbatical leave, to shake the blues and escape wintery Northern Virginia.
Jessica's choice for a sabbatical in the sun is Southern California where she is hired to housesit the showcase home of George and Lydia Papas whose import-export business has taken them out of the country. She also elects to take graduate courses at USC and it is there she meets John Martin, a university administrator who, unknown to Jessica, has orchestrated their chance meeting and subsequent dates for a very specific purpose: He must gain access to the Papas home.
Later the reasons become clear but at this point, Jessica, despite certain misgivings falls hard for John, and eventually they become lovers.
John is able to persuade Jessica to accompany him during spring break on a business-pleasure trip to Athens, Greece, and then to a resort town in the Peloponnese where, as guests of John's friend, Denis Angelides and his family, the two are swept up into the exuberance of Easter festivities.
But then everything falls apart as Jessica learns she has been brought to Greece under false pretenses, that she has been a pawn in a scheme to recover an heirloom--a priceless coin belonging to the Angelides family--which Denis believes has been smuggled out of Greece by his brother Alex and into the home of George and Lydia Papas. John has used her to gain entry to that home. Worse, their entire relationship has been built on lies, on deceit.
Denis does recover the coin, but it turns out to be a fake. That he has been betrayed either by someone at home or in Los Angeles sets in motion a series of events in which Jessica plays a major role. She becomes the focus of Denis' romantic intentions, as well. John, however, is never completely out of the picture, and after a harrowing adventure involving the coin that nearly costs her life, Jessica and John reconcile.
Among the supporting characters, Alex Angelides is a prominent figure. Unlike Denis, his brash but principled brother, Alex is a conniver, a master at manipulating others. He also hoards a secret about the coin that he shares only when he thinks he is dying.
Of concern to Jessica is the continuing presence in her life of her ex-husband Andrew whose obsession with her turns ugly.
In the face of calamitous events, Mort Abrams, an attorney-advisor for the Angelides family, is the voice of reason, a solid presence. He also becomes a father figure to Jessica, filling a void in both their lives.
If Mort is a stabilizing influence, Bill Warner is its antithesis. A seedy-appearing eccentric man in his sixties, Warner runs the housesitting agency that has hired Jessica, though his more important role is of go-between for parties in Athens and John Martin in Los Angeles. A truly devious person, he appears throughout the story in ever-changing guises and behavior that reveal him in an increasingly sinister light.
Sabbatical in the Sun is a novel of intrigue that deals with the consequences of selfishness and greed. But it is also about love--familial and romantic, about relationships that fall short of perfection. Mainly, it is about forgiveness.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 577 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 323
  • Utilizzo simultaneo di dispositivi: illimitato
  • Editore: Brighton Publishing LLC; 1st edizione (19 aprile 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Satisfying Read 7 giugno 2014
Di doug upshaw - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
Jackie Ullerich has again displayed her unique storytelling imagination in "Sabbatical In The Sun". Interesting people and exciting places are described in precise detail as the author apparently draws upon her own experience, particularly with the colorful personalities and expansive scenes in Greece. Her characters and their interrelationships are like intricate pieces of a puzzle. The reader is brought along in suspense as the pieces are formed into a final unanticipated picture. A satisfying read.
4.0 su 5 stelle Sabbatical in the Sun 1 maggio 2014
Di Juliette Brandt - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
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Wow. This book was a lot. I thought it was really interesting and it made me want to keep turning the pages. Everything was very well written and I there was a great amount of depth to the characters. It was a lot though. If you're not ready to set aside a decent amount of time then this book might not be for you. There were definitely some moments I had while reading this book that I thought things were drawing to a close and thought... "How could I possibly have that much left?" But then the story would pick back up and I'd get drawn in all over again. I loved all the different aspects of the story, so it ended up being a good thing that the story kept going. I thought the different settings and types of characters were interesting and that the complex story line was very well done. I've always wanted to go to Greece so I love reading books with a rich Greek setting.  If you're looking for something quick and easy to read, this isn't it. But if you're looking for something complex that will draw you into its world, then pick this one up. It's worth it. :)
5.0 su 5 stelle Fantastic Read 16 aprile 2014
Di Nicole Kumar - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
From Greek glistening, aqua waters to palm tree dotted Southern California, this author has the gift of transporting the reader from one exotic and exciting location to another. While reading Sabbatical in the Sun, I became lost in rich imagery and reeled in by the mulitlayered and mysterious characters.
I immediately connected to protagonist Jessica Slater. Reeling from a divorce, she makes a bold move by going on sabbatical in unfamiliar territory. I was excited for her as she discovered new romance but shared in her confusion and disappointment when everything unravels. A missing heirloom and sinister, complex characters keep the reader riveted.
4.0 su 5 stelle A Very Good Read 18 settembre 2013
Di Diana M. Molander - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
Having once visited Corfu, the episodes set in Greece rang true. I loved the detailed and emotional scenes in Athens and local villages and resorts. The minor Greek characters all seemed authentic. This author does appear to understand and "get" men better than she does women. For example, John Martin, about whom we are told very little in the way of background, is nevertheless a well crafted and highly sympathetic character even when we learn of certain unsavory activity on his part. I grew to love him. Jessica is good to look at but a cold fish and admittedly analytical. The exception is Alice who is knowing, sensitive and yet tough; she is also devoted to her man, the attorney Mort, a wise and memorable character.
The climactic scenes at Lake Arrowhead are terrific; a dark, musty, kitch-filled cabin near but not quite on the lake--haven't we all been there? The action is gripping and believable as it builds toward a satisfying climax. I wanted to keep reading and in the end, cared about both John and Jessica. I was not disappointed. Highly recommended.
4.0 su 5 stelle Jackie Ullerich Does It Again 15 aprile 2015
Di Angela Love - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
Jackie Ullerich manages to get her characters into complicated fixes and skillfully get them out with all the loose ends tied up. A book that's fun to read.

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