Zrinka Jelic lives in Ontario, Canada. A member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter Fantasy Futuristic &Paranormal, as well as Savvy Authors, she writes contemporary fiction--which leans toward the paranormal--and adds a pinch of history. Her characters come from all walks of life, and although she prefers red, romance comes in many colors. Given Jelic's love for her native Croatia and the Adriatic Sea, her characters usually find themselves dealing with a fair amount of sunshine, but that's about the only break they get.
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Smashwords book reviews by Zrinka Jelic
- Finding Summerland
on Nov. 04, 2012
Finding Summerland by Paige Bleu is a captivating story of love and loss. It is written in the first person narrative from the eyes of Wes Rochester, a teenage boy from the privileged family. But somehow he never fit into the high society, he is a loner and prefers a company of his guitar over a loud party. He lived in the shadow of his older brother Chunnig who is all that, but he's gone missing without a trace for some nine months. The family is going through tough time to get over the loss of their oldest son and Wes finds his mother's donning and turning her attention to him a bit overwhelming. It is during a spring break party in their summer house that Wes retreats to the log on the beach and finds Olivia. He is instantly drawn to her. Her innocence of all the things like cell phones, drama of high school and other things his society strives on, is like a magnet to him. But not all is right with her, we discover she is from another ancient realm, but due to her ability to shift her shape at will, she is seen as different by her own people and cast away. She helps bring his brother back to the world of humans and the passage between the worlds wiped his memory clean. He believes only what he's been told. Olivia broke the rules of her world with her actions and therefore will be punished. She decides to enjoy what little time she has left before she is brought back to her world. She enrols in the same school with Wes to complete the senior year. All the girls adore her and she becomes instant star. After the prom night the party spills over at the beach house, Wes goes to check on his brother who drank himself to a stupor. When he returns to the party downstairs, Olivia is no where to be found. But he knows in his heart this was the beginning of an end. A few days later he sees her with the man who fits the description of the guy she was last seen with. They are waist deep in the sea, they kiss and disappear into the surf. That was the last glimpse of his love Wes was granted. As he's walking back to the house, he feels his mood change to lighter and he understands Olivia did not betray him but rather liberated him from his sins.