A review by debs4jc
Over the Waters by Deborah Raney


Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]Dr. Botox--AKA plastic surgeon Max Jordan--was always perplexed and hurt by his son Josh's decision to go and work in Haiti at an orphanage. What a waste of his skills as a doctor! But when Josh dies Max feels like he needs to visit the place where his son found contentment, and try to see if he can understand. Valerie was supposed to be on her honeymoon. But when she realized that her fiance could never support her dream of being a mother, and that they were really two very different people, she backed out before she made a horrible mistake. Now she is on her way at Haiti to volunteer at a mission and to find some redirection in her life. Valerie and Max meet while in Haiti, and the inevitable happens...[return][return][return]Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.[return]The faith angle does make this romance enjoyable, clean, and meaningful. Still, the conventions of romance are played out pretty predictably, with beautiful partners appearing at just the right time for each other, missionary dating that works, and things working out towards a happy ending. The Haitian feel is a good element too, the dire needs of those in that country are portrayed with the appropriate amount of compassion.[return][return][return]How Good is it?[return]A good escape read, but not much substance