Leila and her friends are back with more adventures in Racing The Sun, a sequel to Miami Morning: A Leila Payson Novel. Leila must decide whether to continue as a high school teacher, or quit her job to run a new group that brings together people of varying abilities. She meets Doug, a paraplegic and former student, who wants to design and build better wheelchairs. With her help he prepares for a wheelchair race.
Her relationship with Mark, the attractive “man with a book” evolves, and she discovers her mother and father both have secret lives. Raoul, Leila’s former hearing-impaired student, is back, along with the quixotic Maria Picot, and the combative guidance counselor Mrs. Grisjun. Then there’s lunch with Leila’s oldest friend, Caroline, who always speaks her mind. And what do those mysterious stones in the local park mean?
Told from multiple points of view, Leila’s friend Dov, an event planner from South Beach, goes to Cuba in search of his new love, Nìco, the hunky bird guide. Cran, the father of Leila’s friend Charles, and husband of the erstwhile Berry, loves his vintage cars. After a racing accident, his life takes a different course.
On summer vacation, Leila and Mark return to Africa, where they have both worked before. Her eyes are opened when she sees Mark’s work in Rwanda. She visits Dr. Anna Larssen, the director of a ground-breaking group in South Africa, and Baruti, an occupational therapist, whose work greatly influenced her life.
Will she at long last see the flamingos?
Racing The Sun is available on Amazon and Smashwords