Jove, Mar 2002, 6.50, 310 pp.
With December icing over the city, Jackie Barnett looks forward to two weeks in the West Indies' St. Sebastian Island with her boyfriend. That changes when he leaves her a voice message that he does not want to go with her or ever see her again because he cannot abide by her constant routine of drawing and following lists with no spontaneity at all. Jackie drowns her sorrow in a half-gallon of ice cream though she did have vacation insurance.
At work her boss Walt informs Jackie of the coincidence that Farley Phelps of the Phelps Foundation for New Directions in Medicine will be at the same resort that Jackie was going to stay. Walt insists she go because they need a grant. Reluctantly Jackie goes to St. Sebastian only to find her long time nemesis Reade Hunter trying to get the same grant. As they compete for the Phelps Foundation money, Jackie and Reade fall in love. However, she is a stick in the mud while he is a daring adventurer making a relationship between these opposites impossible.
Lisa Hendrix provides fans of contemporary romances with an amusing Caribbean romp once the reader accepts the initial coincidence of the Fair Winds Resort. The story line never takes itself seriously as Jackie, who doesn't do spiders and snakes, struggles with love and competition. Reade is a heroic figure willing to slay spiders for his beloved. Anyone needing an escape even from this relatively warm winter will want to try RUNAWAY BAY because the humor never stops until the final relationship is resolved.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner