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Back in the day, when migratory birds and sea turtles had the island to themselves, Padre Jose Nicholas Ballí brought the first permanent settlers while establishing a church and attempting to bring Christianity to the native Karankawa Indians. The Island had been granted to his grandfather, Nicolás Ballí in 1759, by King Carlos III of Spain.
The southernmost part of Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico has the most pristine beaches in Texas and a tropical climate with temperatures that seldom dip below the 70’s even in the winter.
South Padre Island is home to many watersport activities with personal water craft rental, kiteboarding and dolphin watches being the most popular. Other favorites are horseback riding adventures on the beach and ecological tours that explore Padre Island National Seashore. Fishing is also popular. The Texas International Fishing Tournament has winnings worth a quarter million dollars.
Each winter thousands of retired folks and vacationers travel to South Padre to spend the winter. These winter visitors are known colloquially by the term: “snowbirds.”
If you love warm weather and the beach, this little known corner of the Gulf of Mexico, offers miles and miles of pristine beaches, a diversity of wild life, and a laid-back atmosphere.
What’s a forty-year-old virgin doing in a predicament like this? Looking for a husband but not because she wants one. Shy and inexperienced, Esmeralda Garcia is terrified to be dating and would rather stay at home with her three cats. But her late father’s will decrees she must marry or forfeit her orchard, her only means of support.
Hank McCall, as a romantic prospect, leaves a great deal to be desired. Twice divorced and older than Esmeralda, he wants to enjoy his semi-retirement and avoid being entangled in a long-term relationship again.
Scarred by their pasts and challenged by the gap in their ages, Esmeralda and Hank struggle with their mutual attraction and growing affection. When Hank is faced with losing Esmeralda or surrendering to her yearning to have a real family, their fates hang in the balance.
About the Author:Hebby Roman is the multi-published, Amazon best-selling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her first contemporary romance, SUMMER DREAMS, was the launch title for Encanto, a print line featuring Latino romances. And her re-published e-book, SUMMER DREAMS, was #1 in Amazon fiction and romance. Her medieval historical romance, THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR, was selected for the Amazon Encore program and was #1 in medieval fiction.
She was selected for the Romantic Times “”Texas Author”” award, and she won a national Harlequin contest. Her book, BORDER HEAT, was a Los Angeles Times Book Festival selection. Her contemporary romance, TO DANCE AGAIN is a 2016 RONE Finalist.
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