Postponing their wedding, Rafe Easton and Eden Derrington agree to pursue their personal dreams for one more year. But when Rafe learns that his father's killer is stalking his mother and adopted son in San Francisco, he can't "postpone" his rage---and sails immediately for the mainland. Has he considered the consequences?
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Rafe Easton and Eden Derrington agree to postpone their wedding for another year. Rafe is busy on the Legislature, and Eden is still doggedly pursing her dream to meet her mother on the leper island of Molokai. Eden wants to work with her father, Dr. Jerome in his new clinic, as she wants to strengthen the bond with a man that has been away on medical research trips for most of her life. Despite Rafe and Eden's difference of opinion in regards to the Annexation of Hawaii, they are determined to hold on and see their year of waiting through.
But then an old enemy of the Easton family threatens Rafe's newly adopted son Kip and his mother. Having to drop everything and sail for San Francisco does not bode well with Rafe, or his fragile relationship with Eden. Will Rafe be able to convince Eden that they should marry before the year is up? Will Eden be forced to choose between the love for Rafe and or that of her father? And will the secrets of these missionary families be exposed and destroy them all?
With the groundwork for this novel set in place by the first book, "The Spoils of Eden" Chaikin sets the stage for a wonderful sequel. Combining events in the timeline of Hawaii's history, adding historical characters along with her fictitious cast, made for an informative yet enjoyable lesson in little known part of Hawaii's history. I can't say I was glued to this novel, but I savored every chapter of this story and enjoyed it very much.
This book was provided for by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
Hawaiians in 1892 were split on what was best for Hawaii. Most of the plantation owners were for Annexation to the United States. Like in many wars families split under such conditions. Two such people, Rafe Easton and his fiance Eden Derrington have different opinions as to the Annexation.
Rafe has other things going on in his life, for instance he must protect his Mother and his adopted son from Rafe's stepfather who is suspected to have murdered Rafe's father. The man is on the run and Rafe needs to find him before anyone else is killed. Now he must leave Eden to make a trip to the States where his mother and son are now in seclusion hopefully safe from this crazy man.
Eden and Rafe postponed their wedding for a year so Eden could work with her father, Dr. Jerome on the Island of Molokai. The mother Eden has never met is on this island with many others that are suffering from Leprosy. Now that she will be working with her father she will finally get to meet her mother.
It was sad that some of the white's saw the native hawaiians as lesser humans, mere dogs to some.
The author has taken an important historical event in Hawaii's history and added historically famous people along with fictitious characters of her making to create an enjoyable read and an informative lesson in Hawaii's history.
Book one of this series, The Spoils of Eden was hard for me to get into because the author had to introduce the characters and the parts they played within history and this novel. I realize this was necessary and helpful in understanding the events that unfold. The author definitely did her research.
Book two was much easier to read because the author had laid the groundwork first in book one. This was an enjoyable book from start to finish.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Hawaiian Crosswinds…by Linda Lee Chaikin The Dawn of Hawaii Series…..Book Two
This book continues the journey of Rafe Easton and Eden Derrington and the rest of their crew as they battle the struggles that started in the first book. Rafe still wants to marry Eden, who is still stalling because she wants to help her father find the leprosy cure. Rafe is not happy that Townsend is lurking about somewhere with his mysterious comebacks on things he is not happy about. Who is he after this time, and will anyone be hurt my Townsends tragic actions? Townsend will do whatever he can to detest that he is responsible for Rafes father’s death. Baby Kip is with Rafe’s mother Celestine and well protected and will not appear until Rafe is sure he is safe.
Poor Celestine, why did she get mixed up with Townsend, and why hasn’t he hurt or killed her? I bet she’s not dealing so well with the dangers she’s been in since being married to this jerk. And Eden has to be out of her mind! I mean, Rafe is an adorable sweetheart and is so crazy about Eden. Is it because she knows he will wait for her however long it takes? Seems like she is a little too secure to me! And there seems to be something strange going on with baby Kip too. Like just who is his real parents anyway?
Well, the answers will come in the remaining book, or books in this series. I am looking forward to the rest of this fun, and interesting journey taking place in historical Hawaii.
This book way generously provided to me by Moody Publishing. I was not obligated to write a positive review of this book. The review, and opinions in the book are completely mine.
I could not put this book down for the life of me. The story was well-written, thought-provoking as well filled with romantic tension and suspense. The lush background of Hawaiian paradise was so well described that I felt I was in the story, following the lives of Rafe Easton, Eden Derrington, Keno and Candace. Rafe is a complex character; he tries to do what is right and yet he struggles with anger over his stepfather Townsend's mistreatment of his mother, Celestine and the death of his biological father, Matt. He feels frustration over the delay of marriage to his fiancee, Eden, who is determined to join her father in the leprosy research and to meet her mother on the leper island of Molokai, who she had never known and thought to be murdered. The crosswinds enveloping them both threatens their love for one another; especially when Rafe receives the telegram from his mother in San Francisco that Townsend was stalking her and his adopted son, Kip. Will the year's separation cool their love for one another or will love prevail once and for all?
The Spoils of Eden is the first book in the series, which I recommend you read first before purchasing this book.
The tropical vacationers paradise we know today as our 50th state is but a gleam in the eye of Rafe Easton and fellow annexation supporters. The royal government is not only corrupted by money being offered by the drug lords, but Hawaii is in danger of falling to whatever country decides to overtake the small island nation. Rafe knows it is crucial to gain the backing of the Unites States Constitution and Military.
Rafe's fiance Eden Derrington, a nurse, is part of one of the most influential families in Hawaii. She longs to go with her physician father, to work on the leper colony island of Molokai. She has learned that her mother, once thought dead, is actually living--and dying in the colony. Eden desires more than anything to spend time with the mother she barely remembers before it is too late.
Eden and her father need permission from Queen Liliuokalani to begin a clinic on the island. Rafe needs to make sure the queen learns nothing of the plans for annexation, or those behind it. When the plans for annexation go missing and Rafe learns that both Eden and her father were in the vicinity of the theft, will he be able to trust the woman he loves, or will mistrust tear them apart for good.
Written in a classic literary style with lots of dialogue between the characters telling much of the story, Chaikin really brings to life the struggles to bring Hawaii to what we know it as today. Well done character development is balanced with an intricate, yet easy to follow plot. Hawaiian Crossroads was an enjoyable read. This is the second book in the Dawn of Hawaii series, and although not essential, it is probably a good idea to begin with the first -The Spoils of Eden.
Fans of Chaikin's work may recognize characters in this beautiful story from earlier book For Whom the Stars Shine. Having read that book a number of years ago, I asked if it was technically a part of this series and here is Chaikins reply:
"We can call For Whom the Stars Shine a prequel to Spoils of Eden and Hawaiian Crosswinds. Stars deals with Rafe and Eden when they were younger and sets the stage for the big mystery of what happened to Eden's mother, Rebecca. The Dawn of Hawaii trilogy follows and builds on Stars after Eden realizes her mother is a leper. For Whom the Stars Shine is out of print right now and I'm hoping Moody may want to reprint it to go with the present trilogy."
This book is a definite 4 star read.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Moody Press, through the NetGalley service. All opinions rendered are my own.