Hemingway was a lion of a man, full of big appetites,
bravado, and a soul eating talent. Mariella needs a steady income to take
care of her sisters and a mother who cannot deal with the death of her
husband. Employment in the Hemmingway house on Key West is the answer to
her prayers, but her heated attraction to the man of the house complicates
matters. Gavin is shattered by his memories of WWI; he is in the Florida
Keys to work on the roads with a lot of other Vets. Mariella could give
him a chance at a new life. While tensions brew between Mariella and the
two men, a hurricane is bearing down on the Keys. If you enjoyed The
Paris Wife, this story will give you an interesting look at Hemmingway’s
life with his second wife, Pauline.
"She remembered when Hemingway had planted a banyan tree at his house and told her its parasitic roots were like human desire. At the time she'd thought it romantic. She hadn't understood his warning." In Depression-era Key West, Mariella Bennet, the daughter of an American fisherman and a Cuban woman, knows hunger. Her struggle to support her family following her father's death leads her to a bar and bordello, where she bets on a risky boxing match . . . and attracts the interest of two men: world-famous writer Ernest Hemingway, and Gavin Murray, one of the World War I veterans who are laboring to build the Overseas Highway. When Mariella is hired as a maid by Hemingway's second wife, Pauline, she enters a rarified world of lavish, celebrity-filled dinner parties and elaborate off-island excursions. As she becomes caught up in the tensions and excesses of the Hemingway household, the attentions of the larger-than-life writer become a dangerous temptation . . . even as straightforward Gavin Murray draws her back to what matters most. Will she cross an invisible line with the volatile Hemingway, or find a way to claim her own dreams? As a massive hurricane bears down on Key West, Mariella faces some harsh truths . . . and the possibility of losing everything she loves.
About the Author
Erika Robuck is the author of the novels "Hemingway's Girl," "Receive Me Falling," and "Call Me Zelda."
Tavia Gilbert, a six-time Audie Award nominee and multiple Earphones and Parent's Choice Award winning producer, narrator, and writer, has appeared on stage and in film. She has narrated over 250 multicast and single-voice audiobooks."