About the Author

Audrey O’Connor is the author of Lessons in Pure Life and Caramel Beach, both set in Costa Rica. She’s inspired by art, science, compassion, and rare moments of transcendence. She writes in Chelsea, Quebec, and enjoys river swims, woodsy gatherings, live music and a deep, dark cabernet sauvignon..

Praise for Lessons In Pure Life

“Rich with description and with interesting characters, [Lessons in Pure Life] was a book I was happy to spend an afternoon with…. I admired Emilia for her determination and strength in deciding to go to a completely new place and to try a new way of life. Diego was also a great character, with a dark and mysterious way that really had me guessing. He would give brief glimpses to a kind and warm man beneath the harder exterior and I was just as drawn to him as Emilia was. I really enjoyed reading their relationship and how it grew from a tentative start to a strong and unexpected bond.”
Jilly, Read-Love-Blog
“O’Connor has done us all a huge favour by describing Lia’s new surroundings in rich detail…. In this tropical paradise far removed from home, she’s able to breathe and learns to let go of her past mistakes and the pain of a failed relationship…. Lessons in Pure Life isn’t just a romance. It’s about exploration and how Lia reinvented herself after her own personal misfortune to discover her own beauty.”Bel, Bibliojunkies
“I really liked Lia. She was a strong female, she wasn’t vulnerable and whiny but she also wasn’t all up in your face ‘I’m a bad ass’ kind of strong, she was just a strong leading character in all aspects.… She was hilarious too! Lessons in Pure Life was fun, sweet, romantic and had its sexy moments too. It’s a good get-away book, the perfect escape book. Audrey’s writing is smart and funny and her characters are intriguing and interesting…. One question though? Is there more? I hope so! I need a lot more of Diego Valverde.”
Jade, Red Hot Reads
Freshly minted grad Emilia Noble arrives in Costa Rica to teach English in the tropical community of Pacifica, plunging into an exotic cocktail of sensory pleasure.

Diego is a local whose surfer body and cool detachment make Lia buzz with a long-lost thrill. Diego seems to have no problem ignoring Lia, but as she thrives in her new surroundings, he might find reason enough to defy his father. When north and south are mixed together, the results are intoxicating.