Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hawaiian Crosswinds-Linda Lee Chaikin

Hawaiian Crosswinds
Linda Lee Chaikin
Moody, Jun 1 2011, $13.99
ISBN: 9780802437501

In 1892 Hawaii, Rafe Easton has second thoughts about agreeing to postpone his wedding to his beloved Eden Derrington for a year (see The Spoils of Eden). He knows how much Eden wants to work with her father at his clinic at the Molokai leper’s colony while he continues his efforts to abolish the monarchy ruled by Queen Liliuokalani, and have the United States annex the Hawaiian Islands.

Rafe learns Towsend Derrington, who’s responsible for his father’s death, is in San Francisco. He is deeply concerned as in Nob Hill residing at his partner Parker Judson’s abode are his mom Celestine and his baby Kip who he rescued last year and recently received legislative permission to adopt. Fearing for their lives, Rafe revises his plans to take a steamer to California in order to hunt down his father’s killer before the man harms Celestine and Kip. At the same time Eden is in peril too.

The second Dawn of Hawaii historical thriller brings to life the kingdom at a time of “crosswinds” changes sweeping the island though the impacts on two extended families (Easton and Derrington clans) and their friends. The story line is anchored in time and place by real persona and locations like the leper colony, and historical tidbits. Although it behooves fans to first read the Spoils of Eden to understand how the lead pair and others got to where they are at the start of Hawaiian Crosswinds, fans will enjoy Linda Lee Chaikin’s epic drama.

Harriet Klausner

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