âThe girl strained and cried out, and it took everything Annie had to keep her upright. Felipe and the midwife swapped positions with every contraction, taking turns at easing the infant into the world. But with every push, Felipeâs face darkened and the midwifeâs voice grew shriller as she half cried, half encouraged her daughter.
Annie had no idea how long it had been since theyâd arrived in this dim hut, but every second that passed with those arms and legs dangling outside the womb made her heart ache.
In a rare moment between contractions, Felipe and the midwife began arguing. They pointed and stomped and shook their hands as the words flew between them.
Angela sagged in Annieâs arms, pale and sweaty.
âWhatâs going on?â Annie asked.
For a moment, the arguing stopped and they both stared silently at Annie.
The girlâs mother pointed and nodded at her, shrieking in Spanish, but Annie didnât understand a word of it.
Felipe held up a hand. âWe are having some trouble delivering the babyâs head.â
The midwife yelled and pointed again, and before Annie could ask what she was saying, the woman stood and nudged her out of the way with her rotund mid-section. She looped her arms through Angelaâs and took the girlâs weight.
Annie stumbled, her muscles too tired to change position. She squeaked to something that resembled standing, but her back refused to straighten. Felipe looked at her, eyes flashing with fear.
âWe need you to deliver the baby,â he said.
Not a bad love story centered around a third world country. Annie decides to volunteer in the Nicaraguan rainforest in the hopes of getting a glowing letter of recommendation to secure her spot in the medical school she has her heart set on. Bonus points for her is she'll be able to do it while spending time with her best friend. The first chapter of this book kind of sets the scene for the rest-it's the first meeting between Felipe and Annie since they last saw each other as teenagers. She obviously has no idea what he looks like now, and the scene that unfolds when he picks her up from the airport is nothing short of hilarious.
Felipe is the head doctor in charge and he only tolerates American volunteers because of the donations they make to his family medical practice. He assumes Annie is going to be like the rest, but has a hard time wrapping his head around that and the teenage girl he had a crush on when he lived in America. The chemistry between the two is electric, but Annie isn't looking for love in the rainforest and Felipe has no intention of leaving Nicaragua so it seems they are doomed from the start.
Now, so as not to spoil the book lets move on to other aspects. The writing is solid, the plot well thought out and the romance story intertwined is nothing short of perfect. However, if broken English in books is something you knit pick in a review and don't like, let me worn you, this is what this book is written like when talking with the locals and Felipe's POV. I felt it flowed perfectly for the storyline as they are in South America. Annie is an extremely likeable character and she only gets better as the story progresses. Felipe was kind of a turn-off for me in the beginning because he was so adamant about not making his feelings for Annie known. As his growth in the story progresses, you get swooned by the native language he uses and drawn into him as well. All in all, not a bad read.