Debra Sheffield dies with a dark secret.  A gold locket containing a time-worn photo of a man with an inscription in an unfamiliar language leads her daughter Maggie on a tumultuous search for the truth.


CRUDE! A Story of Passion in Aruba recounts Debra’s life and her stormy marriage to Mike Sheffield—the handsome, wealthy business executive who becomes chairman of the world’s leading oil production and refinery company.

Their high-profile life sweeps them to Aruba, a largely undiscovered island in the Caribbean during the 1960s. Life is anything but serene in this tropical paradise. Restless and unable to conceive, Debra resents everything—including her husband. She indulges in an illicit, passionate affair with a local Afro-Aruban and becomes pregnant…unsure of who the child’s biological father is.

Throughout her life, Debra never reveals her suspicions to anyone. Four decades later, the mystery unravels in modern day Aruba where Maggie searches for her true identity.


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Meet the Author


LAURA CARABELLO is an accomplished health-care writer, holds a degree in journalism from Syracuse University, and owns a leading marketing communications company.



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She and her husband Joseph have five adult children and two grandchildren, live in New Jersey and Vermont, and travel annually to Aruba. She loves cooking, reading, and writing.