Item description for Green Passions by Elaine Shevin...
Romance, Corruption, and Self-Discovery in the Jungles of Honduras
Feisty, determined, impatient, and unmarried, thirty-year old Chelsea Phillips, a born organizer, is on temporary assignment to The Tierra Mar Home For Abandoned Children located in a remote area in Honduras. Her drive to succeed with her mission takes her on a journey of self-discovery.
The home is held together by the efforts of Seor Santiago under harsh conditions. The children are abandoned, malnourished, and without medical care, and the home is supported only by meager donations. The children quickly win Chelsea's heart.
She meets Michael, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, who is stationed in Honduras. His Army career helps him mask personal insecurities arising from his traumatic experiences as an orphan and his killing of an innocent woman during the war.
Chelsea encounters government corruption and bureaucracy, drug traffickers, deforestation, and the black market throughout this fast-paced, intriguing story. She is championed by Ricardo Morales, a rich entrepreneur with political influence who suggests she can get her expired visa renewed by an overnight stay in Guatemala. She goes with him, even while knowing his motives aren't honorable.
Juana, age eighteen, raised in the orphanage, plans to get a business degree so that she can return and help Santiago as his financial advisor. She befriends Chelsea, who finds herself enmeshed in conflicts in the Home, the lives of the people, government officials, and Michael.
The Minister of Education sends Chelsea to a remote Indian village. The trip is a harrowing, eight-hour journey, and upon arrival her life is threatened. Meanwhile, Michael is severely wounded in a fierce battle against drug traffickers and is taken to the base and then to Walter Reed Army Hospital. Chelsea returns extremely ill and is rushed to the hospital for treatment. Because he has stayed away, she thinks Michael is no longer interested in her.
Both Chelsea and Michael return to the Home after six weeks and find that a hurricane has changed everything. They are together for six days and then begin to search through the rubble for Santiago and the children. Santiago, Juana, and several children are dead, others traumatized. The rest need Chelsea more than ever, but she has nothing left to give. Is it time to go home to the U.S. or should they start the long, painful process of rebuilding? Michael needs implant surgery that will result in his automatic discharge from the Army.
Both have changed, and Chelsea must now make the ultimate decision that will affect the rest of their lives.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.26" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.07 lbs.
Publisher Robert D. Reed Publishers
ISBN 1931741271 ISBN13 9781931741279
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Drama, Romance, Mission Sep 24, 2006
Chelsea Phillips, strong willed, achiever and idealist, is working on a project in International Education. To accomplish this she took an assignment as a volunteer in an orphanage in poverty stricken Honduras. While tutoring abandoned, undernourished children, at the Tierra Mar Home she is touched by their poverty, suffering and health needs.
Unexpectedly, Chelsea meets Michael Johnson, a U. S. Army sergeant from a nearby army base. He is childhood classmate of Chelsea's. The fast moving dramatic adventure is their story. It becomes their mission as they face corruption in government drug trafficking, and illegal depletion of the natural forest reserves.
The author has a gift for involving the reader in her narrative and dialog. She pulled me into the atmosphere of the orphanage. I felt the hunger of the children, their need for human touch, and their delight at learning new things. I found myself stopping often to reflect on the despair of poverty and the impact a seed of hope imparts to these children through the tender caring touch of Chelsea and Michael.
I also experienced the intense drama of battle as Michael described the horrors and post trauma of his tour of duty in Calinas. I felt the fear and panic of a hurricane and the ensuing destruction. These events changed the destiny of Chelsea and Michael forever.
Shevin uses dialog effectively in carrying the plot and in conveying important information to make the needs authentic and real. Santiago, the director of the home, described the deplorable health conditions this way: "Ah, lice! Infections spread. Lice, worms, parasites, ringworm, diseases from contaminated water." This became another challenge for Chelsea as she recruited volunteers and financial sponsors for improving the lives of the abandoned children.
Elaine Shevin is a natural story teller. I am eager to read her next two novels. "Green Passions" if a story of romantic passion, dramatic adventure, and brings with it an important message of mission and purpose. This is timely and important novel.