"A very original love story!"
Rhea is very pleased to have been chosen to go on this trip
to the Amazon. However, she's not very happy about the
small plane they'd been forced to take to reach their
destination. Never liking flying, especially in small
planes, Rhea has been awake the entire thirteen hour trip.
Luckily, she's not alone on the trip, her lab assistant,
Ashley, is with her. Of course, she's also glad to be away
from Steve, the man who broke her heart.
When they finally get to their destination, the two are met
by Rhea's mentor, Jon. While men from the village Jon has
been living in are gathering up the equipment, Rhea sees
one that just doesn't fit with the rest. Whereas the men
from the village are all short and more rounded than
anything, this one is tall and built and is the
personification of Rhea's dream man. When Rhea goes to
point the man out to Jon, he's gone! Luckily, Ashley saw
him as well so Rhea knows she's not imagining him.
When they get to the village, one of the women tells Rhea
and Ashley only women can see this man. That he is the
Guardian of the Stairway to Heaven, and the Guardian can
grant a woman's desires. That night, Rhea has a dream with
the man she saw starring in it. In the dream, he takes
something from her, her "essence". After she wakes up, she
can hear the man in her head!
Is Rhea going insane? Is this man real, or only in her
imagination? What is the Stairway to Heaven and who, or
what, is the Guardian of it?
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN is a very original love story. Shannon
Leigh has done a wonderful job of bringing the Amazon
jungle to life in her story, along with the native
inhabitants of the area. I easily identified with Rhea, a
very realistic character. Ashley was the blonde bombshell,
who changes boyfriends as often as some people take out the
trash. These two characters, while very different, get
along well and provide a wonderful contrast. If you're in
the mood for something a bit different, don't miss out on
reading STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 19, 2006
When Rhea, a biologist for Providian Pharmaceuticals, is sent to search for a suspected cure for cancer in the mighty Amazon Forest, she finds a whole lot more than just a myriad of exotic wildlife and lush vegetation. Shortly after arriving near the Huitoto village, Rhea starts seeing a tall, dark-skinned man with the body of an Adonis and eyes as decadent as the richest of chocolates.
Funny thing is, no one else can see him.
The scientist in her demands a logical reason for Valosís existence, but when he invades her dreams and awakens the pent-up desires sheltered deep within her soul, the woman in her canít deny him.
Struggling to maintain her crumbling sanity, she must discover if this man, who calls himself the Guardian of the Stairway To Heaven, truly exists and can fulfill the biggest needs of her heart, or if heís just a figment of an overactive imagination, brought forth by her latest failed relationship...