|"Out of nowhere a wide raccoon with a slow, sauntering|
gait and a glint of childlike mischief in his masked eyes
wandered up to Pamela. The raccoon stopped just below the three steps to Pamela's back porch and stood on his hind haunches. He looked at her and warbled in the way a raccoon baby calls to his mother.
"Good Morning, Rodney," Pamela said to the raccoon
as she walked down the steps to greet the animal. "How are you today?" She bent over and rubbed behind the raccoon's silver-tipped ears. Rodney fell on his back like a lump of whale blubber and proceeded to grab at the woman's hands and direct them to the spots on his belly that needed immediate scratching.
"Pamela laughed and rubbed the animal's wide stomach as Rodney wiggled with delight. The sudden screen of an owl from a nearby tree frightened the raccoon. He jumped to a standing position and eyed a tree close to the house, snorting loudly.
"Pamela patted the raccoon on his round bottom. "Relax, Rodney. You know Lester won't hurt you." She spied the owl up in the tree next to her bedroom window. "Lester, did you have a good night?"
"The owl screeched again, opened his large brown and white checked wings and flapped vigorously upon his tree branch..."
By Alexandrea Weis
After completing the Nicci Beauvoir Trilogy, it was a little difficult to meet a new character since I had enjoyed Weis' first three novels so much. But having lived in my log cabin and watched as a possum looks up at me and then calmly goes on eating or have a mama racoon bring her three little ones to my porch--all of them eating the cat food out for my own pets, it wasn't hard to fall in love with Pamela Wells, the main character in this latest novel. Pamela is a wildlife rehabilitator in Southeast Louisiana.
Another reason to admire Pamela is because she refuses to give in to the debilitating Lupus...
Broken Wings does continue Weis' focus on the devastation that happened in Louisiana, this time featuring the many wild animals who would have died if they had not been rescued until they were able to once again be set free.
I applaud Weis not only for writing about this problem but also doing her part to keep wildlife safe...
Daniel Phillips enters her life as a a man who must do hours of community service in lieu of jail time for beating up a guy who was roughing up his girlfriend. Daniel was the bartender there. He had learned she needed a service worker from his probation officer to clean cages and otherwise help with the animals. But once there, he also took it upon himself to do work with the buildings, painting, etc.
Daniel was suffering from PTSD and found a sort of peace as he worked there. One particular scene where he finds a bat and he begins to feed and care for it is touching as he adopts it as his own...
Little by little Daniel and Pamela became closer than friends...
Pamela had been married before and had divorced the prominent attorney, who was now remarried. He had not wanted to have a sick wife and his new one certainly filled his need for a trophy to hang on his arm. But lately all kinds of financial issues became a problem and Pamela fear that she might lose the sanctuary, which was the only good thing to come from the marriage.
Then I got a pleasant surprise when one of the leading society women, from Nicci Beauvoir's life, appeared as a friend of Daniel's--actually he had been her bartender for most of her parties. But with their help, Pamela was able to seek and gain financial support!
There is, of course, much more drama throughout the novel and, like I earlier indicated, some really beautiful animal scenes. You'll have to find out more about Pamela and Daniel by reading this highly recommended, wonderful story of two people...and lots of animals/birds...with broken wings, way down Louisiana way...
Alexandrea Weis Biography
Alexandrea Weis is a registered nurse from New Orleans who has been published in several nursing journals and textbooks. She has been writing novels and screenplays for over twenty years.
Her first novel, To My Senses, was a finalist for commercial fiction in Eric Hofer Book Awards, a finalist for romance in the Foreword Magazine book of the Year awards, and a finalist for romance in the USA Book Awards. Her second novel, Recovery, won the Gold Medal for best romantic suspense from The Reader's Favorite Book Awards and was named best Romantic Suspense by the NABE Pinnacle Book Awards in 2011. Her third book, Sacrifice, closes out the Nicci Beauvoir Series.
Her fourth book, highlighting her love of rehabbing wildlife, called Broken Wings, is now out in paperback and ebook.
Ms. Weis is also a permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and when she is not writing, Ms. Weis is rescuing orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives outside of New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of pets.
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