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Doubtful Sound, New Zealand. For Dr. Van Peters, Doubtful is a retreat after a false accusation all but ends her scientific career. For journalist David Christianson, Doubtful is a place of respite after a personal tragedy is followed by an unwelcome notoriety.

Neither is looking for love or even friendship. Both want only to make it through another day. But when violence comes to Doubtful, Van and David’s only chance of survival will be each other.

Appropriate for all readers.

Also available in print .

Photo collage of Ann Warner holding a copy of Doubtful while visiting Doubtful Sound, NZHere I am during a visit to Doubtful Sound on the South Island of New Zealand  in 2019

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What Readers Are Saying About Doubtful

Endorsed by Compulsion Reads and Readers’ Favorite

Doubtful is a refreshing romance with an uncommon depth and enough action and adventure to pull in non-romance readers. One of the things I absolutely loved about this book is that both David and Van felt like real people. Far from the typical gorgeous, petulant romance heroine, Van is a brainy, stubborn and strong woman who doesn’t color her gray hair and who favors microscopes over makeup. As for David, well, I now appreciate tie-dye boxers in a whole new light. Doubtful goes down as warm and smooth as chicken soup on a cold winter day. NF, Compulsion Reads

…a wonderfully-written story with well-rounded and real characters in a setting that Ann evokes with such detail and sensibility you are instantly transported to this remote New Zealand coast. I love Ann’s writing style – intelligent and unsentimental with characters you are rooting for to the very end. Jayne Close

This book has the lot – mystery, suspense, romance and something extra I enjoyed as an Australian reader – I found myself lingering over Warner’s vivid descriptions of places I’ve never seen but would love to visit in Australia and New Zealand. Juli Townsend, author of Absent Children.