Series: Haida Gwaii
By: Vanessa Grant
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She has become what others wanted – can he help her find herself?
Broadcaster Laurie Mather wants desperately to be aboard Luke Lucas’s seaplane when he flies out on a search-and-rescue mission off the treacherous coast of northern British Columbia – for professional reasons, but also for deeply rooted personal reasons.
But when Laurie pressures Luke into accepting her presence, she has no idea that she is Luke’s private fantasy, a warm living voice he listens to on lonely flights – but one he has no desire to turn into reality.
Once Laurie succeeds in talking her way aboard Luke’s plane, her well-ordered life will be changed forever.
Storm is my second novel, the story of Luke and Laurie falling in love on the magical islands of Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. Luke and Laurie have always had a special place in my heart, and the storm that drew them together symbolized many coastal adventures I’ve shared with my husband.
When I wrote Storm, I set the story on the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia, islands originally named after the wife of the British King George III without regard to the fact that the indigenous First Nations had already named their islands. In 2009 the province of British Columbia signed a historic reconciliation agreement with the Haida Nation, and the islands were renamed Haida Gwaii. Because the romance in Storm is so much a part of the heritage of Haida Gwaii, I wanted to bring the story forward into the 21st Century.
In bringing the islands forward to the present day, I’ve taken artistic license with regard to logging on Lyell Island. A few years after the book was originally published, a national park was established and the Gwaii Trust was given the task of managing the forests. Because logging itself is not central to the story, I’ve taken the artistic license of leaving the logging camp on Lyell Island