Tessa Harlow never thought of Los Ladrones, New Mexico as a
hiking tour destination. At least not until her last tour
ended in an unfortunate accident. A similar accident at the
age of four had erased all her early childhood memories,
but this recent accident is bringing them back in broken
bits and pieces. Tessa needs to make peace with the loss of
life in this unfortunate accident and also peace with her
Tessa works as a tour guide for Rambling Tours, based in
California. Currently, she is recuperating at her dad's
place in Santa Cruz from s broken arm and a nasty spider
bite. However, she is antsy to get back out there to lead
tours and comes up with an idea for a tour trip to Los
Ladrones. She pitches this to her boss, and he sends her
out for a week to investigate the possibilities. Tessa has
another agenda in mind, as well.
Tessa was born in a commune near Los Ladrones in the early
1970s, during the hippie generation. She only knows what
her dad, Sam, has told her about her life before she almost
drowned in a river there. She wants to piece together the
small glimpses that are coming back to her and maybe learn
more about her years there.
One of the first people she meets in Los Ladrones is Vince
Grasso. He does firefighting/search and rescue by trade.
There are instant sparks between the two and they both want
to see and explore more of each other. However, Vince is a
widower with three little children and has issues of his
As Tessa explores the area, she also explores her past. She
feels if she doesn't know where she has been, she won't
know where she is headed in the future. Her dad is not
encouraging her, telling her there are evil spirits in Los
Ladrones. He also admonishes her to look forward, not back.
But she learns there are many secrets here, secrets in
which her life are intertwined.
You'll enjoying exploring the past with Tessa and learning
the many secrets that unfold. Barbara O'Neal has
masterfully woven local culture, the beauty of nature, her
love of food and restaurants, and a little romance into
this magnificent novel. And there is a bonus -- many
fantastic recipes are sprinkled throughout its pages.
In this spectacular new novel, Barbara Oâ€™Neal delivers a
generous helping of the best in lifeâ€“family, food, and
loveâ€“in the story of a womanâ€™s search for the one thing
worth more than anything.
At thirty-seven, Tessa Harlow is still working her way
down her list of goals to â€śfall in love and have a
family.â€ť A self-described rolling stone, Tessa leads
hiking tours for adventurous vacationersâ€“itâ€™s a job thatâ€™s
taken her around the world but never a step closer to
home. Then a freak injury during a trip already marred by
tragedy forces her to begin her greatest adventure of all.
Located high in the New Mexico mountains, Las Ladronas has
become a magnet for the very wealthy and very hip, but
once upon a time it was the setting of a childhood trauma
Tessa can only half remember. Now, as she rediscovers both
her old hometown and her past, Tessa is drawn to search-
and-rescue worker Vince Grasso. The handsome widower isnâ€™t
her type. No more inclined to settle down than Tessa,
Vince is the father of three, including an eight-year-old
girl as lost as Tessa herself. But Tessa and Vince are
both drawn to the townâ€™s most beloved eateryâ€“100
Breakfastsâ€“and to each other. For Tessa, the restaurant is
not only the key to the mystery that has haunted her life
but a chance to find the home and the family sheâ€™s never