Item description for In the Shade of the Jacaranda (Regalo Grande Series #2) by Nikki Arana...
After Angelica Amante defied her wealthy parents' wishes and married an illiterate Mexican stable hand, Antonio Perez, she thought their love had overcome the biggest hurdle they would ever face. But just as Angelica throws herself into her work as a defense attorney, she discovers she is pregnant---and her world is turned upside down.
As her husband struggles to save his fledgling landscape business, Angelica must juggle the challenges of a demanding boss and an unexpected pregnancy. Then their doctor becomes concerned about the health of their unborn child and their relationship with her parents becomes troubled. Soon both Angelica and Antonio are confronted with decisions that shake them to their core. Will their faith in God and their love for each other sustain them---even when it seems their dreams are slipping away?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2006
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800730496 ISBN13 9780800730499
Availability 0 units.
More About Nikki Arana
Author and speaker Nikki Arana has received numerous awards for her writing, including the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award and Christianbook.com Top 20 Novel of the Year for The Winds of Sonoma.Through her ministry, A Voice for the Persecuted, she inspires hearts toward evangelizing the Muslim community.
Reviews - What do customers think about In the Shade of the Jacaranda (Regalo Grande Series #2)?
Interracial Marriage versus Family Disagreements Feb 13, 2007
In the Shade of the Jacaranda I love Nikki Arana's books because they are discussing real issues at a depth usually lacking in the typical romance novel. I identified five main topics that form the basis for this novel. There are also many minor topics which link the main topics together.
First, this is the story of an interracial marriage with the Angelica's parents opposing her marriage to Antonio, a Mexican immigrant farm worker.
Second, society's treatment of people in interracial marriages is explored through the suffering Antonio receives at the hands of other gardeners who resent a Mexican taking work from them. You could easily substitute any ethnic group for "Mexican" and come up with the same prejudices being experienced by the couple.
Third, the issue of abortion is discussed. You see it through a foreigner's eyes as well as through the eyes of your typical American family. Antonio comes from a strong Christian background that believes all children are gifts from God. Angelica's parents believe only "perfect" children should be allowed to be born and strongly suggest she aborts when it is learned that her baby will likely have Down's syndrome.
Fourth, the importance of knowing Jesus as your personal savior versus just knowing about Jesus is revealed through the various characters. The primary way this topic is covered is by sharing the story of Antonio's grandmother's visit and her simple faith. Eventually, she is able to reach Angelica and help her achieve a real faith in Christ. The grandmother also teaches the importance of being in God's presence before you begin to pray!
Fifth, living with chronic disease or physical disability becomes an issue when Angelica's parents are hit by a drunk driver. Her father is left paralyzed - a real blow to this healthy, high pressure heart surgeon.
You will find it extremely difficult to find a better book covering the above mentioned topics from a Christian versus non-Christian point of view. The author's ability to weave spiritual truths into her story in this depth is seldom reached by other authors. This book is difficult to put down once you have started reading it. You will feel like you are actually living the events instead of just reading about them. However, it isn't an easy book to read because of the many difficult topics covered. There is nothing "romantic" about the difficulties this couple experiences early in their marriage. Their ability to surmount them is directly as a result of Antonio's ability to have enough faith for his wife before she finally comes to a true understanding of having Christ as your savior.
Ethnics, money, power, faith and love.... Sep 10, 2006
So many important qualities are followed throughout the life of Angelica and her new husband, Antonio. They are from different worlds. Backgrounds 180 from each other, but love is holding them together. Her parents still do not approved of her choice of husband, but they are thrilled at the prospect of becoming grandparents. Antonio is working so hard to integrate into the American way of life and care for his pregnant wife. In the meantime he learns that not everyone is happy with immigrants and not everyone is to be trusted. The chapters that impacted me the most were those dealing with the possibility of the baby having a serious birth defect, and how this was going to affect the faith of the parents. I loved the character that was Antonio's grandmother, she played a huge role as spiritual leader of their home for a time. It was only after a horrible car accident and the untimely birth of little Manuel that the rich Mr. and Mrs. Amante are faced with what is, and what is not really, really important.
I made the mistake of picking up book 2 in this series first, and not being able to put it down...so today, I ran out and purchased books one and three. Decisions, which to read first?
Thanks to a relative new author for a different slant to Christian fiction.
A Good Message Wrapped ina Love Story May 5, 2006
Although at first I doubted the probability of this wealthy girl marrying an uneducated stable hand, Arana handles the story in a way that I believed. She documents the difficulties of an immigrant, and the prejudices, with sensitivity. I found myself drawn to the prayer-warrior grandmother, and I liked how Arana portrayed the woman. The husband, Antonio, while uneducated is intelligent, and untainted by American culture, he reveals a strong, child-like faith.
The second book in the Regalo Grande series, In the Shade of the Jacaranda delivers a simple message wrapped in a story of love: Believing IN God isn't enough-you have to believe God.
Arana Does It Again Apr 24, 2006
In Nikki Arana's previous book, The Winds of Sonoma, we bit our nails hoping that Antonio and Angelica would beat the odds, fall in love, and show the world that two disparate individuals can find love and happiness. And so they did. And now, in this masterfully written sequel, Angelica and Antonio Perez fight the odds again.
The first years of marriage are difficult enough under the best of circumstances, and for Angelica and Antonio, the challenges abound. Angelica's parents disapprove of her marriage. While they can appreciate Antonio's work ethic, they still believe him to be beneath their family stature and unworthy of Angelica's love.
Antonio struggles to study English and support his wife through a fledgling landscaping business, while Angelica must deal with a troublesome boss in trying to re-establish her legal career. Like most newlyweds, the merger of two different upbringings creates roadblocks in and of itself. When that conflict is broadened by cultural and economic variances, the stage is ripe for bitter dispute. Can this marriage survive?
When Angelica discovers she is pregnant, the news is at first greeted with great joy. Hope arises that a grandchild will help unite the Amantes with their son-in-law. At the same time, Antonio's grandmother makes a fortuitous visit. Although uneducated, her wisdom is steeped in a faith that transcends logic. The young couple will need her prayers and steadfast faith as the the hardest challenges are yet to come. Angelica learns that her baby may have developmental problems.
Within this backdrop, Arana weaves an engaging story of simple faith, expertly showing the difference between knowing of God and believing Him for all things in our lives. Through emotionally gripping scenes and sympathetic portrayal, the reader identifies with all the main characters, feeling their struggles and pain.
Explores patience and waiting on the Lord Mar 10, 2006
In the Shade of the Jacaranda is a romantic love story written by Nikki Arana that teaches people to trust in God, even when life gets challenging. Angelica, a rich, upper-class woman, falls in love with Antonio, the man her parents hired to clean out their stables. The young couple is truly in love, but Angelica's parents refuse to accept Antonio into the family due to his Mexican background. Angelica's mother and father wonder at Angelica's choice to marry Antonio, when, they think, she could have married any wealthy American she wanted. Angelica can't understand why her parents will not accept Antonio, the man she cares for with all of her heart. Antonio, for his part, loves Angelica's parents, but as much as he tries to please them, they will not accept him.
When they become pregnant with their first child, Angelica and Antonio are thrilled. Her parents, on the other hand, are quite appalled by the news. Angelica and Antonio do their best to try to make her parents happy about the news, but it is a constant struggle.
Angelica is a kind, hard-working lady, despite having grown up with everything handed to her. However, when she marries Antonio, a mere servant of the family, her world changes drastically. Antonio is a loving man who does his best to provide for her, yet he has no money and a very hard time getting work. He knows very little English, making Angelica's parents even more upset about the vast barriers between the two young people. It is a constant battle for Angelica and Antonio to try to please each other, her parents, and God.
This book is so full of emotions and tests, yet has a solid plot that carries you forward, and in fact, had my attention from cover to cover. There are continuous problems, struggles, and challenges that need to be faced, just as in real life. In the Shade of the Jacaranda will inspire readers when they face problems in their own lives, encouraging patience and waiting on the Lord, for He is always with us. -- Jami Peck, Christian Book Previews.com