After a passionate one-night affair with a pilot named Ace in WWI Paris, Liana Wycliffe's heart is broken. She returns to California as an independent woman of the times and becomes a silent movie star.
Her pilot has also transformed himself. Now a movie director, Spencer Sloane lives with dark secrets and a painful past. Their worlds collide again when Liana is cast as the lead in his new film, an epic about the brutal rape of Tahiti by missionaries.
The island's natural beauty frees Liana and Spencer from their constraints and the heartbreak of their pasts, but those who want to control the island pose a threat—not just to their love but also to their lives.
O'Neal crafts a fascinating spin-off from her first novel, The Last Highwayman, featuring a heroine who personifies the newly liberated 1920s woman. Spencer is typical of men of the era who had difficulty accepting this new feminism. Combining the grand sweep of James Michener's Hawaii with details about the early days of filmmaking, SILENT SURRENDER has the epic draw of a mainstream saga and the heated, grand passion of the finest romances. VERY SENSUAL (Jun., 400 pp., $6.99)