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A squadron from a far planet visiting Earth on a reconnaissance survey prepares to leave, without one of their members who is dying of a virus.
Irena must remain on Earth, so seeks a replacement to take her craft back to the other side of the Universe. Seeing Melanie’s predicament she offers her an escape. Reluctantly Melanie agrees. Conquering her fears, she must learn to live among a superior race on Qindaga.
Reve, commander of the star ship circling their planet, bears an inexplicable resemblance to her dead husband. Passion flares amid the stars, but can love with an alien flourish?
He gave a grave nod and sat opposite her on the other couch. Indolently, he stretched his long legs out in front of him. His fingers forming a steeple beneath his chin, he stared at her until Melanie began to feel uneasy again. This thing he did with his fingers was such a human habit, it was unnerving to say the least. Had they been studying humans for years down there on Earth, visiting and going away without leaving a trace for the scientists to decipher?
“There was some occurrence in your formative years to give you this phobia?” he asked then.
“I…well, yes. I was brought up in an orphanage, then foster homes. One of my foster-mothers thought when her charges were naughty that the ideal punishment was to lock them in the cupboard.” As the old fear resurfaced, Melanie looked down at her hands, folding and unfolding them on her lap. The fear of a ten year old, left for hours amid the smelly shoes and coats, without food or water, not knowing how long she would be left to suffer such purgatory.
“I am not sure what you mean by orphanage,” he said in his deep voice that sent her insides into a roller-coaster spin.
She shrugged. “It’s a home for children who have no parents. I guess you wouldn’t understand. Your children automatically go into a communal house at five and stay there until they mature at ten, don’t they? On Earth the young stay that way for longer. Some don’t reach maturity until sixteen or older. You only have one child for each pair of parents, whereas on Earth there are sometimes as many as ten children in one family.”
He nodded gravely. “So you were put with a mother who had no patience with children. Our idea is much better. The caretakers are well chosen for their affinity with young minds.”
“Not all mothers are like that one. Most are kind and care for their children, no matter how many they have.” She felt the need to defend the countless parents who loved their offspring.
"This is a strong outer space romance starring two delightful star-crossed lovers (literal & figurative). The story line is loaded with earthly and solar action. The support cast enables the audience to understand decisions made especially those by Melanie. Tricia McGill provides readers with a cogent romantic science fiction that is sure to gain her fans from both genres. Great Futuristic Romance."
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