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Trade Paperback
320 pages
Jan 2006

In the Shade of the Jacaranda

by Nikki Arana

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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

Book Jacket:

When a couple faces a life-shattering situation, can love, commitment, and faith keep their family together?

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 her 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?