Fontaineís only real love in life is the boat she leases,
The Ranger. She takes people on cruises around the
Virgin Islands and the surrounding areas, sailing with a
small crew and enjoying being on the water. Sheís crushed
when she finds out that the boatís owner is planning to sell
it, but despite her unhappiness she prepares to take the man
and his potential buyer for a two-week cruise. The last
thing she expects is to like the owner, Edgar, or to be
attracted to his guest, Scott Kelsey. Though she was hurt
badly by her ex-fiancťe and Scott seems to her to be very
arrogant, she succumbs to the attraction.
Kelsey has had bad luck with love. His first fiancťe died
in an accident, and his second, a flighty model, left him.
When he finds himself wanting Marine, he tries to convince
himself sheís another empty-headed, useless female. Slowly
he begins to discover that he might not be right about
Marine, however. Can two wounded people find love before
itís too late?
Rangerís Woman features wonderful descriptions
of places I havenít been, but wish I had! Samantha
Winstonís depictions of the various islands were so vivid I
felt I could almost see many of the locales as I read. I
also liked her depiction of island culture and people, which
seemed very realistic. Unfortunately, despite the wonderful
settings, I just couldnít get into Rangerís Woman.
Scott initially came across as abrasive, arrogant, and
presumptuous. While he improved somewhat over the course of
the story, I had a hard time wanting him and Marine to get
together. Another thing that prevented me from connecting
with the story was the storyline itself, which in my mind
had too many conflicts. There is a lot of action in the
book, especially toward the end, but there were a couple of
places where I just couldnít suspend disbelief. If you like
exotic locales and very dramatic stories, you may like this
book, but despite the excellent descriptions it wasnít my
cup of tea.