In the final sequel to “Murano Light,” Ben and Bates’ commitment to their values served as a beacon of light to keep their relationship from running aground. They may have briefly gone off course, but their principles—with Bates showing the way—steered them clear of disaster.
In this sequel to Murano Light, Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter, Libby Ross, visits the Apostle Islands to interview world-renowned author, Bates Dodge. Unwittingly she sets off a chain of events that lead to memories of a lifetime — and romance! Ella Nogosek, Libby’s best friend, also visits and is soon attracted to Bates’ business partner and widower, John Benson. Ella and Libby join John in a travel adventure to El Rosario, Mexico, to observe the Monarch butterflies’ overwintering habitat at the conclusion of their annual migration. Along the way, Ella and John’s mutual attraction becomes open affection, and sparks fly. The whole adventure is empowering for Ella and Libby as their self-confidence increases and they gain new insights into their individual strengths and capabilities as women.
What happens when the fabric of long-standing mutual trust and respect of two cultures — each rich in history and traditions dating back to pre-Colonial times — is at risk of being ripped apart by jealousy, greed and murder? This story takes place in Talladega, Alabama, site of NASCAR’s Talladega 500, the Annual Azalea Festival, Kymulga Cave, De Soto Caverns, and Mount Cheaha —home of the Sleeping Giant. This is also the home of people whose cultures were ordained by history to converge and who live and work side-by-side today. The aristocratic traditions of the Old South combine with the legends and traditions of the Coosa Tribe of Creek Indians to solve a murder mystery!
Bates made her way up the path leading to the historic lighthouse. Could she muster enough inner strength to live here for the year she’d committed to in the rental agreement? She was embarking on a dream she’d nurtured since childhood. The isolation of a lighthouse, the loneliness, the yearning for someone’s return, all spelled romantic fantasy to young girls, even for Bates at one time. Now it spelled escape — at least that’s what she thought!