IN THE SHADE OF THE JACARANDA

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Angelica Amante Perez has found and married Antonio, the man she knows God meant for her. But how can she get her proud, well-to-do family to accept a Mexican immigrant who is still struggling to learn English? If being hardworking, honest and God-fearing isn't enough for them, what is? And what does that say about her family's values?

A change in leadership in the office where she works as a lawyer compounds her issues. She thinks that her boss is coming on to her. Meanwhile, Antonio battles prejudice and misunderstanding in American culture while starting his lawn-care business. Maybe the baby that's on the way will solve all their problems. Or maybe this is just the beginning of heartache.

Arana wrings the heart and exalts the soul with a new installment of her Regalo Grande series. Angelica's struggles hit home. Antonio is still larger than life, but maybe that's part of his attraction. The author has a beautiful way with spiritual matters. (Feb., 336 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson