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"Romancing the Pirate" by Michelle Beattie

Pros: Fun romp around the Caribbean; heartwarming and funny secondary characters. Cons: Villain at times feels like a carbon copy of the villain of the previous book. Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Alicia

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"Jerk from Jamaica: Barbecue Caribbean Style," by Helen Willinsky

The quality of the recipes is right up there with the Sugar Mill cookbook, but this book focuses primarily on a simpler, narrower type of cooking. It’s easy to whip up these recipes with little advance notice, but they’ll satisfy your tastebuds for days on end!

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"The Sugar Mill Caribbean Cookbook," Jinx and Jefferson Morgan

If you want a taste of the exotic, this is one of the best buys you could make for your money. It packs an incredible number of very good recipes into the space it has. And I guarantee that you, too, will find yourself pulling it off of the shelves at odd hours, going “oh, hey, we should make that next week. And that. And that…”

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