This book, I understand, is a reprinted-reworked version of an older book. I never saw the original, but enjoyed this one very much. The ingredients are classic Lowell: the wounded hero and heroine, each thinking they have nothing to offer anyone after having been wounded earlier in life, she by an insensitive former husband and he by that stock romance figure, the bitchy, predatory, non-maternal ex-wife. The hero, Chase, makes a monumental error in judgment about Nicole and hurts her terribly, then has to figure out how to repair the damage, hoping against hope that he hasn't lost what he didn't realize he had until it was gone.
This is not a novel of great sweep; it is just a simple story of misunderstanding, conflict and ultimate redemption and reconciliation, but it is a delightful read. Lowell uses her metaphors well; the volcano, the dance, the drums, the delicate wildlife all add to the atmosphere of the place and flesh out the characters. No surprises, but well worth an afternoon or evening with a cup of tea (especially when you'd rather be where it's always 80 degrees and teeming with life).