Read the first chapter of
Love's Hurricanes

in a PDF file.

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Max, an advertising titan, has retired to Si Chaud, his vacation paradise in a Jamaican fishing village. He is afflicted with Alzheimer’s; his three children learn that his second wife, their stepmother, plans to sell the place and take him to Florida. They are certain he will get better care in the village that knows and loves him – and want to preserve their legacy. Ignoring a looming hurricane, they rendezvous in Jamaica to thwart her plans.

Unknown to them, their father long ago took under his wing and educated the village man who now manages Si Chaud – who has plans of his own for the property.

The tensions of love for the parent and the paradise play out as the hurricane strikes.


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What Frances Mayes did for Tuscany, Don Noel has done for Jamaica.

In 1966, he and his wife discovered, on the island’s South Coast, an unspoiled, out-of-the-way village where most residents make their living fishing on the Pedro Bank 50 miles offshore – “far sea,” as the Treasure Beach fishermen call it.

Map courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

They built a beachfront house, embellishing it over the years with a tennis court, a swimming pool and other improvements - and fending off roaming goats to establish lush plantings of tropical flowers and trees.  They got to know their neighbors, and found ways to be helpful.

Near a Far Sea is the often-comic story of coping with a Third World bureaucracy and an unsophisticated labor force to make it all happen.

But it’s a story that focuses on the village neighbors – thumbnail character studies that illuminate the life of a Jamaican fishing village.  The subtext includes commentaries on British colonialism and attitudes about race, and notes on tropical trees and fruits, flowers, farmers’ markets, birds, the Jamaican fishery, education and more.

It’s a book that will engage you by the colorful folk who populate it.


Read the first chapter of Near a Far Sea
as a Word.doc or a PDF file.


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Don Noel is retired from a prize-winning career in television and newspaper journalism that earned him a place in Who’s Who in America.  He and his wife, Elizabeth Brad Noel, live in an African-American and Jamaican neighborhood in Hartford, CT, and have been deeply involved as volunteers addressing urban issues for four decades; he is former chair of the ACLU of Connecticut.  They take delight in sharing their island hideaway with their daughter Emily, her husband Tim and their grandson “TJ”.

Don's forthcoming novel, Love's Hurricanes, has been honed in workshops and mentoring that are part of his study toward a Master of Fine Arts degree from Fairfield University


There are two way you can purchase Near a Far Sea.

One is from any bookseller who subscribes to the Ingram distribution list. Some are slow to update their database from Ingram, so it’s wise to telephone and ask your favorite bookstore to get it for you. The ISBN is 1-4259-0892-6 (Softcover), but you shouldn't need that; just Near A Far Sea by Don Noel ought to suffice.

The other is to order online from either Authorhouse (the publisher) or Amazon.com.

Or you can buy it direct from AuthorHouse




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