Winner of an 2003 IPPY Award in the Romance category! Thirty-five-year-old novelist, Shyla Wishon, fears that her life is spinning out of control since her recent marriage to Carl Cores. First, her overbearing new mother-in-law moves from New Jersey to Florida to be close to her son, followed by a steady stream of visiting relatives who become a constant intrusion on what was once her time to write. To make matters worse, Carl's two grown daughters refuse to have anything to do with her, his former wife is still making demands, and even though Carl has a good job, bills are starting to pile up. While she is in Naples, Florida, teaching a creative writing course, Shyla becomes intrigued with a student's manuscript, The Immigrant, about Cuban refugees that bring the ancient beliefs of Regla de Ocha to America. Then the ideas in the manuscript start influencing her life. Will Shyla need to lose her life to regain her Self?
Used availability for Barbara Casey's Shyla's Initiative
August 2002 : USA Paperback