Friday, July 30, 2010

Review: The Pacific Between by Raymond K. Wong

The Pacific Between by Raymond K. Wong

Publisher: Behler Publications
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 1



Betrayal makes us do strange things.

When Greg Lockland returns to California for his parents' funeral, he discovers letters that suggest an affair between his ex-lover, Lian, and his late father. Suspicions, anger and jealousy take Greg on a transpacific journey to find the truth. One by one, people from the past return to his life, including elusive and perfect Lian. Uncovering deep-rooted deceptions creates more twists and turns to the past than an old Chinese alleyway. The Pacific Between evinces the power of unconditional love and deals with personal subjects such as death, estrangement, and betrayal. It is a man’s journey to discover himself and the world around him. Told with wit and humor, this nostalgic tale speaks true to the heart about relationships, families, and sacrifices.

LynnMarie’s Review

The Pacific Between is written from Greg Lockland’s first person perspective. He’s a likeable character, though confused about many aspects of his life. The story takes us on his voyage of self discovery. He travels from the US, across the Pacific, to China, to confront the demons of his past. Even though he is content in a relationship with Kate, he can’t stop thinking about his lost love from a life forgotten. Once he arrives in China, he immediately seeks out Lian, the woman that his mind has defined as perfection all these years apart.

When he finds what he’s been seeking, he gets a lot more than he bargained for. The Pacific Between entwines a mystery, lost love, unfulfilled expectations and betrayal, as we join Greg on his emotional journey. Greg’s character is realistically flawed, humorous and confused about what he wants.

Raymond K. Wong masterfully describes the setting of this book as an artist would paint a picture. You get lost in the larger than life dialogue, and walk with Greg through the streets of China as he looks for something that doesn’t even exist.

The Pacific Between is a well written novel with a beautiful, yet somewhat tragic romantic element weaved throughout the pages. Greg learns that sometimes reality isn’t as wonderful as our memories. He comes full circle and discovers that happiness wasn’t that far away from him at all. Well done!

4 1/2 Tea Cups!

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