Olivia promises to fulfill her dying husband's wish - to scatter his ashes around the world. Wading through grief and depression, she journeys to a remote orphanage in Uganda. Living amongst the children in their threadbare surroundings, she vows to fight for the children's lives as she begins to fight for her own. While Olivia develops a passion for humanitarian work, the lonely director of the orphanage develops a simmering passion for her.
Just as time begins to heal the wounds of her heart, Olivia learns the truth of her husband's unimaginable betrayal. She flees to the tiny country of Rwanda where her soul is reawakened with a startling new love. Olivia realizes that love always comes with a price when she is faced with a decision she thought she would never have to make.
Surrounded by the rugged beauty of Africa, Olivia is determined to find true love while learning how to survive in a region left torn apart by civil war.
She loves to write romance stories with a twist, usually involving a dangerous and dramatic backdrop. Her first novel, Hands Full of Ashes, was inspired by her trip to Africa.
Kim spent many years teaching young adults with learning disabilities at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and she currently resides in the sunny Okanagan with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found plying the local ski hills, or getting lost in her kayak in the surrounding lakes.
You can get in touch with Kim by visiting her website http://www.kimhotzon.com/ or follow her on Twitter @KimHotzon.
Here's an excerpt from Hands Full of Ashes. Enjoy!
From her first glance she could see his green eyes sparkled with an endearing combination of amusement and confidence. Jan's skin glowed against the dusk.
He gave her a wide grin. “Olivia!”
“Jan Henriksen?” she asked carefully. “From Helping Hearts Orphanage?”
With a nod, he deftly grabbed both her suitcases and led the way toward his truck. “Welcome to Uganda, my dear,” he said in a thick European accent.
Olivia studied Jan's profile as he drove, wondering why he had chosen to start up an orphanage in the middle of Africa. He appeared to be around forty, maybe a bit younger, and quite attractive in a rugged way. He never mentioned being married, and he wasn't wearing a ring. She leaned her head back against the vinyl headrest, figuring all would eventually be revealed. She was far too tired to get into a heavy discussion of any kind.
Rwandan Fact #3 - There are 3 official languages in Rwanda: Kinyarwanda, French and English.
Sounds like a great adventure---I will be reading this book soon!
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