- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (Nov 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380785749
- ISBN-13: 978-0380785742
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.7 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,093,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jack is a turn of the century anthropologist trying to debunk late Victorian academic fashion (and truthfully a rather racist belief) that Mayan and Aztec societies would have had to have been founded on Western cultures believing that "native" cultures would be too backward to develop so extensively on their own.
Sophie is a woman bounded by the era within which she lives. While she dreams of adventure and higher education, she was raised to be nothing more that a decorative wife and mother whose intellect and ambitions not only need not be taken seriously but are not expected to exist at all. When Sophia discovers her philandering fiance (Jack's rival in research)is simply using her and her father for grant money for his so-called "research expedition," Sophie is suddenly liberated and off on an adventure (and a little revenge since she is determined to dump her fiance in person. . .even if it means venturing to Belize to do so).
I found Jack to be likable, believable, and charming, and I liked Sophie. While I can quibble that I would have preferred more development on Jack's past, his theories, and his history with Sophie's ex-fiance not to mention an explanation for Sophie's seeming blind spot near the end when she cannot understand why Jack is upset about her upcoming reunion of her fiance (the author never gave what I thought was a reasonable explanation for an otherwise bright heroine to be so inexplicably unobservant) the book as a whole still worked for me.
I always find it preferable when you can imagine the characters liking each other as well as falling in love with each other, and Sophie and Jack seem to have that aspect to their romance. They could easily be friends, and with their shared intersts it's possible to envision a "happily ever after" for the two of them.
I thought the book was quite enjoyable as a whole.
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