A Face in the River (2015)

AFITR - Book 1 of the River Series
A Face in the River

Twice divorced, middle-age American businesswoman Krystal Sutherland is bored with her conventional job and her lifestyle. When she takes a well deserved break to the Caribbean, she falls in love with a wild and beautiful island as well as her rugged mountain guide Sham. But things get complicated when she returns to the States.  After much soul searching, Krystal decides to leave her ailing mother, her excellent job and her first world boyfriend behind to follow her heart.  At first her tropical adventure is all bliss, but soon the dark side of “paradise” steeped in rum, obeah, and betrayal casts its shadow on her dream romance.

Will Krystal tuck her tail and run back to her former life, or pick up the pieces and try to create a new one?


Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2015 – from Amazon
Searching for love on an isalnd paradise. Kristine Simelda has written a book of such sincerity and purpose that the poignancy of her story is overshadowed by the riveting, no-holds-barred telling of a time spent in search of love and happiness on an island paradise where everything is not always what it seems. A Face in the River is a story told with insouciant honesty that makes the most intimate and lurid romantic episode seem natural and as it should be. The writer has captured the authentic voice and spirit of a Caribbean that not many visitors get to experience, and she has narrated that experience with the same lyrical tone and voice that is so typical of Caribbean expression.To read A Face in the River is to know the Caribbean at its most colorful and enchanting. Alick Lazare
NB: Alick Lazare is the author of Kalinago Blood, Pharcel, Carib and Other Stories, and Nature Island Verses.

Liz Zeiler
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2015 Verified Purchase – from Amazon
Paradise revisited. Excellent, fun, thoughtful, insightful read. I loved the flow and imagery of the book. A Face in the River describes one women’s lone journey through recovery and the strength required to move on in a place culturally foreign and void of support systems we so often take for granted.

D Clark
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2015 – from Amazon
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a fast read and very entertaining – kept me interested throughout. Can’t wait to read the sequel!