The sequel to The Inheritance. Find out what happens to Marisa and her son. 9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
Intriguing romantic suspense, September 28, 2000
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner - See all my reviews
In Colorado, Marisa Joubert works at the Wainscott Foundation's Ranch that serves as a refuge for unwed mothers. Marisa is happy to have the job that allows her to raise her son by herself without the illegal money her deceased spouse earned. She also relishes Wainscott's vision to place babies in happy homes and find jobs for the mothers. Marisa works for the enigmatic director Stuart Frieze.
However, almost from her first day of her employment, Marisa feels something is not quite right with the Foundation. Her fears escalate when women begin to vanish. Marisa is not sure if its her employer or one of the workers, such as handicapped janitor Jimmy Griffin, who she finds so handsome, who isn't trustworthy. Marisa knows something diabolical and evil is occurring here in the Rocky Mountains and fears for the lives of herself and her son even as she falls in love with Jimmy.
THE REFUGE is an intriguing romantic suspense that centers on Marisa's growing suspicion of everyone around her. The story line is fast-paced and ably crafted to provide the audience with a rising sense of foreboding that the heroine and her son might not survive this tale. As expected by long time best selling author Jasmine Cresswell, her fully developed cast with their logical and easy to understand motives turns her latest novel into a strong tale that sub-genre fan will appreciate.
I have read more interesting books by Cresswell.
Marisa Joubert is a single mother in dire need of gainful employment. As a high school dropout with no marketable skills, she feels lucky to find a job making good wages at "The Refuge", a home for unwed mothers in the Colorado Rockies. It doesn't take long, however, for Marisa to figure out that something is amiss at her new place of employment. For one thing, the majority of the women that live in "The Refuge" are refugees in the truest sense of the word...they herald from war-torn places like Bosnia and the former Soviet states, many of them having endured rape and other horrific atrocities at the hands of the soldiers in their former countries. These young girls speak little English and have no one to turn to in the United States, a land where everyone is a stranger to them. Furthermore, all of these girls are pressured into giving up their babies for adoption, with the option of keeping their children all but removed from them.Shortly after one of the pregnant refugees turns up missing, Marisa discovers something even more shocking, and that's the truth behind "The Refuge's" side business. As it turns out, these young women have survived one nightmare only to be thrown into another. Marisa isn't certain what to do or who she can trust. Is her boss behind all of this, or is he an innocent pawn? And what about Jimmy, the handsome, but mentally retarded janitor who she senses isn't as slow as he leads people to believe?
Jimmy Griffin is a former FBI agent who now has his own security firm. He recently lost his sister in a car crash, and although the police ruled it to be an accident, he isn't buying it. Two days before his sister died, she had left a message on Jimmy's answering machine, wanting to speak with him. As it turns out, his sister, an important doctor who had once volunteered her skills in Bosnia following the aftermath of the ethnic cleansing campaign, had found some information concerning a man from "The Refuge" that had taken two of the pregnant women from the camp she had worked in and secreted them back to the United States.
Jimmy doesn't have much to go on besides his instincts. Determined to find his sister's killer, he goes undercover and works at "The Refuge", posing as a mentally retarded janitor. When the office manager Marisa discovers his true identity, Jimmy is forced to tell her everything he suspects is going on. Will Marisa believe him? And just as importantly, will she ever forgive him for deceiving her?
Cresswell manages to create a strong romance and a good suspense while simultaneously delivering a poignant commentary on the plight of poor women in America today. She stirs your social conscience, but does it in such a way that you don't really realize it until the book is over. The story and romance don't suffer in the least, which couldn't have been an easy thing to pull off. Very admirably done.
A gripping "whodunit" that provides a behing-the-scene-look at ostensibly squeaky-clean goo-works. It was an education, in itself, to see how what seemed to be such a good and noble cause could also be a cover for such high dollar wrongdoings.
This is a great read!!!A young singlw mother, on her own, running from her past, finds herself working at a home for unwed mothers. and,all is not as it appears.
I enjoyed this book. It is a good mystery.
Was it a place of safety or deadly danger? Fast paced story with a lot of tension.
Single mother Marisa Joubert begins working at intitute for unwed mothers. But nothing is what it seems, from the directors "special projects" to the janitor named Jimmy. Good follow up to Cresswell's "The Inheritence." You don't have to read that to enjoy this one, but it helps! Recommended.
Though raised in a life of privilege, Marisa Joubert, too, has escaped a terrible fate and understands the fear of being alone, pennilness and frightened. Determined to start over and support her young son alone, she lands a position at Wainscott as a bookkeeper. Yet almost immediately she senses that something there is very wrong.
When one of the young women disappears, Marisa's suspicions escalate. Especially about Jimmy, the janitor, who may not be as innocent as he pretends to be. He is a man who could be a friend or an enemy, a man who could be searching for answers...or desperately trying to cover them up. Marisa knows he's somehow involved in the mysterious events at Wainscott. But which side is he on?
From the Publisher
Nestled in the Colorado Rockies, the Wainscott Ranch is a place of hope and promise for expectant mothers from war-torn regions of the globe. Here, women with nowhere to go, and no one to help them, find refuge.
Though raised in a life of privilege, Marisa Joubert, too, has escaped a terrible fate and understands the fear of being alone, penniless, and frightened. Determined to start over and support her young son alone, she lands a position at Wainscott as a bookkeeper. Yet almost immediately she senses that something there is very wrong.
When one of the young women disappears, Marisas suspicions escalate. Especially about Jimmy, the janitor, who may not be as innocent as he pretends to be. He is a man who could be friend or enemy, a man who could be searching for answers...or desperately trying to cover them up. Marisa knows hes somehow involved in the mysterious events at Wainscott. But which side is he on?
From The Critics
Debbie Richardson - Romantic Times
Ms. Cresswell masterfully creates a full, rich story with characters who will touch your heart. She drops clues skillfully, unwinding the tale piece by piece in such a way as to capture readers from the very first.