BOOK REVIEW: PAYING THE PRICE
Laura McDaniel grew up on an estate in Hawaii where her parents still live. Her father runs a restaurant and her mother spends her time working with various charities and living the life of the rich and pampered. That life no longer exists for Laura.
Laura married and left home and spent her days as a housewife raising her boys and her daughter Annie. When Laura's husband suddenly found someone else and decided to leave Laura after twenty years Laura was forced to find a way to support herself and she chose to be a realtor. She has had enough success at selling that she is able to live comfortably but not luxuriously in a small condo.
The boys are gone from home and doing well but daughter Annie is a rebel and ran away three years ago. Laura and her ex-husband spent a fortune in detective fees in trying to find her.
Now suddenly Annie is home. A call out of the blue sends Laura running to the airport to pick up her daughter only to find that not only is her daughter home but she is pregnant.
Laura and her husband, who flies to Hawaii, try to work together to solve the puzzle of where Annie has been and what she has suffered while on the run.
In the meantime Laura has to deal with the sale of a property to her friends Jerry and Diana. The couple located a property that they wish to purchase but it presents Laura with many problems. The property is for sale by owner and the owner is secretive and strange. One minute she is desperate to sell and the next she wants to call the sale off. Laura works hard to get the sale to go through but there are many obstacles in the way to be overcome before she will get her commission check that she is counting on to pay her expenses for awhile.
The author gives a good background on the business of selling real estate as well as insights into life in Hawaii and the prejudice that exist there. The story of mother and daughter is very touching and well worth reading.
This is really several stories in one and the reader is left to make the decision in her own mind if Laura made the right choices.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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