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North America/Latin America/Caribbean

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Denise Hildreth. Hurricanes in Paradise/Bahamas

Riley Sinclair thinks that taking a guest relations job at a posh resort on Paradise Island will help mend her broken-apart life, but she discovers some of the resort’s guests have paralyzing secrets and overwhelming fears.

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Pat Murphy. Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell/Bermuda

As an escape from unemployment and a recent divorce, Susan Galina and her friend Pat embark on a luxury cruise that brings them face to face with Susan’s favorite author, Max Merriwell, but as the ship ventures into the Bermuda Triangle, they are baffled by a series of notes threatening Merriwell and the discovery of the body of a man who is a character in one of Merriwell’s books. 

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M.J. McGrath. White Heat/Canada

Investigating the murder of an adventurist under her watch, half-Inuit Arctic guide Edie Kiglatuk teams up with police sergeant Derek Palliser when she realizes that the victim’s tour group was searching for something specific.

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Sheri Joseph. Where You Can Find Me/Costa Rica

When her son is recovered three years after his abduction, a mother flees the country with the boy and his sister to live with her former mother-in-law in a hotel where she uncovers the mystery of the boy’s lost years.

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Cristina Garcia. Dreaming In Cuban/Cuba

A vivid and funny first novel about three generations of a Cuban family divided by conflicting loyalties over the Cuban revolution, set in the world of Havana in the 1970s and ’80s and in an emigre neighborhood of Brooklyn. It is a story of immense charm about women and politics, women and witchcraft, women and their men.

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Sandra Benitez. Bitter Grounds/El Salvador

Bitter grounds depicts the luxurious lives of the wealthy in Salvadoran society through the Contreras family, owners of a coffee plantation.

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Isabel Allende. Island Beneath the Sea/Haiti

In a novel where the setting moves from the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, an African slave and concubine is determined to claim her own destiny against impossible odds.

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Andrea Levy. Fruit of the Lemon/Jamaica

Faith Jackson knows little about her parents’ lives before they moved to England. Happy to be starting her first job in the costume department at BBC television, and to be sharing a house with friends, Faith is full of hope and expectation. But when her parents announce that they are moving “home” to Jamaica, Faith’s fragile sense of her identity is threatened. Angry and perplexed as to why her parents would move to a country they so rarely mention, Faith becomes increasingly aware of the covert and public racism of her daily life, at home and at work. At her parents’ suggestion, in the hope it will help her to understand where she comes from, Faith goes to Jamaica for the first time. There she meets her Aunt Coral, whose storytelling provides Faith with ancestors, whose lives reach from Cuba and Panama to Harlem and Scotland. Branch by branch, story by story, Faith scales the family tree, and discovers her own vibrant heritage, which is far richer and wilder than she could have imagined.

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Patricia Henley. Hummingbird House/Nicaragua

When Kate Banner, an American midwife in Nicaragua, loses another patient she knows it is time to go home. But traveling home leads her to Guatemala, where even children sometimes disappear.

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Shelby Hiatt. Panama/Panama

A fifteen-year-old girl is uprooted and moved to Panama, where her father takes part in the building of the PanamaCanal, but when life in the Canal Zone turns out to be similar to that in an American town, she resolves to seek out something different.

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Hunter S. Thompson. The Rum Diary/Puerto Rico

A young reporter’s life in the 1950s. Paul Kemp breaks into the profession on a newspaper in Puerto Rico and through his eyes are portrayed colorful characters in the days when newspapers flourished. 

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Monique Roffey. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle/Trinidad & Tobago

Sabine struggles to adapt to life in postcolonial Trinidad after her husband George takes a job assignment there, especially as racial and political tensions rise and the couple’s secrets and lies cause them to drift apart. 

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