Isolation, and the struggle one has sometimes to face to be part of the living—both physically and metaphorically—is Mountains of Dawn’s subdued theme. The case is made by Tanya Caldwell, an orphan who, from the age of six to the age of eighteen, has been shipped like a parcel from one foster home to another. The lack of roots and the feeling of abandon sit deeply in Tanya’s heart. When her best friend is killed in a car explosion that she suspects was meant for her, Tanya’s life takes a dangerous turn. She needs to trust strangers to protect herself, and some of these, alerted and made greedy by her sudden and unexpected inheritance, become part of a conspiracy—the very same conspiracy that, fifteen years before, wiped out her entire family. On the advice of Malcolm Clark, the head of the prestigious agency Invicta, Tanya hires an ex-police-officer, Charles Aldrin, as bodyguard. When Charles is injured in a suspicious accident, Tanya panics.
To escape her pursuers she leaves her hometown of Vermeil, Ontario, and finds refuge in an old mansion on the Riviera, where her talent as a painter finds endless inspiration. Here she meets Kevin Matwin, a publisher of arts books, and an Italian count, Luigi Amedeo di Monteturro, whose dignified manners and daredevil enterprises hide more than one secret.
Love sparkles between Tanya and Kevin, and in the months to follow Tanya will be the only person who believes Kevin is worthy of trust.
Tanya, however, is a resourceful young woman—lucky too. Even in the mist of perilous traveling, fire and murder attempts, she finds time to poke into her parents’ past—and she finds a half-brother ready to fend for her.
As accidents very similar to Tanya’s begin occurring to Brian, Malcolm Clark’s brother, Malcolm takes a close look at the denominator Tanya and Brian have in common: The Peoples’ Helping Hand—the institution that has been handling both Tanya’s and Brian’s financial investments. While Malcolm is busy analyzing the wrong doing surfacing at the bank, Tanya is tricked into a flight to Brazil, where her pursuers have her at their mercy—and that will not be the last time that Tanya’s life is in danger.
Targeted Age Group:
The plot unfolds in Canada and Italy. There is romance, suspense and a lot of action.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read Stephen King’s The Craft of Writing. Take several course on fiction wrting. Then write your story and submit it to competitions.
Born and educated in Italy, Irene Gargantini (pen name Rene Natan) served for
several years as a professor of computer science at The University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Close to her retirement, she decided to revert to the passion of her youth:
storytelling. She took several e-courses on fiction and then jumped into
writing with the enthusiasm of a novice. She has about a hundred scientific
papers to her credit and has received four awards in science; two from the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (25 Years of Excellence
in Research and Recognition to Contributing to Canadian Research) and two
from the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies: Contributing to Canadian Research
and Pioneer of Computing in Canada. She has authored eight novels, seven
short stories and co-authored a novella. Her genre varies from romantic suspense
to thriller with romantic interludes.
Honours recently received include:
First place, 2012 Five Star Dragonfly Award for the Blackpox Threat
Finalist in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Award for the Blackpox Threat
Honorary Mention, 2012 San Francisco Book competition for the BricklayerWhat Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Why did I write Mountains of Dawn?
When I was a little girl my house was destroyed, causing my parents to take us to live in the countryside; for a while we were short of everything, including toys. The change was paramount. This event inspired my story, many years later. I asked myself, ‘What if I had lost, not only my house and my toys, but also my parents?’ I would have been shuffled around–from foster to foster home. And then, ‘How would a little orphan, raised up to the school age in comfort, react to this tragic situation?’
This is how the persona of Tanya Caldwell was born.