The title is Crossing the Culture
Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, Kate Wilson's thrill seeking lifestyle has brought her to work in a medical clinic as a volunteer nurse. She's living her dream, working as a ski patroller in winter and spending her summers down in South America. The beautiful town of Bella Vista is an idyllic setting where she bonds with the simple people, including two young sisters, Anita and Luisa. At the clinic, she works side by side with a brilliant young doctor treating the tropical ailments of the townspeople.
Reluctant to leave the place Kate is learning to call home, she returns back to the States for the ski season. Feeling alone and vulnerable, she meets a lawyer, Paul, who is smitten with her. The problem is that he represents everything about her culture that she had chosen to give up. The other problem is that she can't get Doctor Felipe out of her mind.
The powerful draw of the rainforest brings her back to the town of Bella Vista and Doctor Felipe, but she discovers that something sinister has settled upon the area. Kate had known that the farmers were growing coca plants, but in her absence the government had moved in and destroyed the crop. The drug cartel would not let this slide without retribution, and the town braces for an armed conflict. As they wait, people begin to fall ill, and they learn the guerilleros have contaminated the drinking water with cholera. Tested to their limits, Doctor Felipe and Kate fight to save innocent lives, until word leaks of an American in Bella Vista. In danger of being kidnapped, Kate must get out at once. The doctor intervenes, risking his own life to save her. Will he get her out in time?
Based loosely on my own experiences from living in Ecuador, South America for three years, and drawing on my medical background as a registered nurse, this novel depicts life in the Hispanic culture and the toll of the drug trade in the place where it all begins.
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