Hana-Laniby Christine Sunderland
Old Nani-lei lives in Hana-lani, her family home in rural Hawaii. She looks after her grandson Henry, 52, and his daughter Lucy, 6, who have returned to Maui from Berkeley after the death of Maria, Henry's wife. Henry and Maria, both professors, had been working on A History of Ethics, and
Only opening their hearts will keep them from plunging into the dark abyss.
Old Nani-lei lives in Hana-lani, her family home in rural Hawaii. She looks after her grandson Henry, 52, and his daughter Lucy, 6, who have returned to Maui from Berkeley after the death of Maria, Henry's wife. Henry and Maria, both professors, had been working on A History of Ethics, and now the grieving Henry struggles to finish it.
City girl Meredith Campbell, 36, fast-paced, self-centered, and beautiful, believes her body will ensure her happiness. After losing her job and finding her lover unfaithful, she flies to Maui, sure he will follow...but her plane crashes near Hana-lani.
As their worlds collide in a natural world both beautiful and dangerous, Henry will be forced to act on his words, and Meredith will come face-to-face with her own life choices.
A poignant journey that unravels T.S. Eliot's "permanent questions"-
what is goodness, truth, and love?
By the author of the thought-provoking trilogy Pilgrimage, Offerings, and Inheritance.
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My review: I loved this book and was sad when it was over. I think every lady 18 and over should read this book. I do not think this is a book for a man but you never know. LOL. I seriously butterflying give this book 5 stars. Yes, you read correctly. Five stars baby!!! ((((((((((: Stars I give this book: ***** (5)
Christine Sunderland, author of “Hana-Lani”, has succeeded in writing a beautiful and meaningful story that shows readers how the intersection of 4 characters can make such a profound difference in each of their lives. Old Nani is a patriarch of sorts and has stayed in Hana Lani with her family home to make sure their name and history in the area stays in tack. Henry, her grandson, has come to live with her after the death of his wife; bringing along his 6 yr old daughter Lucy. Henry is very grief stricken and can’t seem to climb out of the depression – causing him to not notice the needs of his hearing impaired daughter or the declining health of his mother. He and his deceased wife – both professors – had been working on collaborative paper together and Henry pours himself into finishing this paper; and also his grief. Enter Meredith Campbell – a beautiful woman that is used to living a life of rich men, the high life and self indulgence at its finest. When she loses her high power job and also her boyfriend, she decides to fly to Maui to get away from it all. On her way, her plane crashes near Hana Lani and Old Nani takes her in and nurse her back to health. As Meredith lives in their home, she learns lessons about giving and receiving help and what it means to be thankful. As the story progresses, she becomes someone very important to both Lucy and Henry; and vice versa. My motto is, “everything happens for a reason” – and I think it pertains to so many sections of a persons life. It can be used to explain the death of someone close to you, a debilitating disease, or even the loss of love. Everyone and everything has a purpose in your life. In this story you find the meaning behind why these 4 lives intersect. Loved it!
Hana-Lani is a beautiful story that captivates the reader instantly. I was immediately drawn into the plot and could not wait to find out what would happen next. When lives are thrown together and people are forced to reflect on themselves and the decisions they have made, they realize what it really means to be family. Touching, romantic and deeply meaningful, Hana-Lani is a must read.
Hana Lani is a book by Christine Sunderland. There are four main characters in the book. Henry, a widow in his 50s. Nani, his grandmother. Lucy, Henry's young daughter and Meredith, a victim of a plane crash who is living with the family while she gets back on her feet. This book is short - somewhere in the ball park of 200 pages, but it really packs a punch. Meredith fits in to the picture when she heads to Hawaii after losing her job and finding out that her boyfriend was a jerk. Her plane ends up crashing near Hana-Lei which is eventually going to become Lucy's. Lucy quickly takes a liking to Meredith and calls her "Princess" because she is so beautiful. At first, Henry doesn't want to be bothered with Meredith because he is trying to finish the book that he and his late wife were writing. Eventually he ends up letting loose and seems to fall for Meredith. He shows her around the island and slowly lets her in to his life. I don't want to give away much more - but there is a HUGE twist near the end. I totally did not see it coming and was really shocked - and the book ends soon after the twist and it really left me wanting more to find out what happens to these characters - but as my mom said "You'll just have to make up your own ending for them." I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for writing this review.
Meredith is an exceptionally beautiful woman used to having fun and getting attention. When she loses her job because she is too interested in fashion and her boyfriend, and then that same boyfriend cheats on her, Meredith decides to get away from it all in Hawaii. Her trip to Maui, however, does not go exactly as she had planned and ends up changing her life. Meredith is selfish and shallow, and since the omniscient narrator allows us to know what Meredith is thinking, it is not possible to give her the benefit of any doubt. I did not want to identify with Meredith at all throughout the first half of Hana-lani, given how mean and conceited she was in both thought and action. This made reading the book different from reading other novels where one identifies with the main character. However, my negative reaction to Meredith-- wanting to separate rather than to identify-- prompted me to reflect on the qualities I would like to nurture in myself. While reading the book, I more than once took a moment to assess my own life, looking for ways that I might be selfish or hurtful to others. By showing readers a character we do not want to emulate, Sunderland gives us the chance to define ourselves, to take stock of what is important and of whether we are living up to our ideals. Sunderland also includes inspiring characters who, though they play smaller roles in the story, offer examples of positive, generous behavior that readers will be able to admire. Meredith crosses paths with these characters after a plane crash takes her outside of her usual circles. She finds herself at Hana-lani, the home of Nani-lei, who is taking care of her grandson, Henry, and his six-year-old daughter, Lucy, while they recover from the death of Lucy's mother. Nani-lei's love, wisdom, and sense of family are a striking contrast to Meredith's worldview. Hana-lani is truly another world to Meredith. Frequently the airport is closed or the phone lines down, making this remote island town that much further removed from the fast-paced life Meredith has left behind in San Francisco. Sunderland's descriptions of the Hawaiian landscape and culture are entrancing. Sunderland's characters are sometimes preachy about their political and religious views. The dialogue feels at times like a vehicle for lecturing to the reader rather than being an integral part of the story. For example, Henry says, "Our military are a perfect example of love, patriotic love," (pg. 103). This was somewhat jarring to me in comparison with the dreaminess of the setting and the subtlety of the developing story. However, the story was well-written and believable apart from these moments in the dialogue. Meredith's transformation, in particular, is convincing. It happens slowly. Though readers will suspect from the beginning that Meredith is going to grow and change, the story has enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. Hana-lani does not end with anyone living happily ever after. Instead it ends on a note of hope that has been building as the story unfolds. Feeling hopeful for Meredith, and for six-year-old Lucy, as well, will allow readers to feel hope in their own lives. We know as we read the book that change and redemption are sometimes elusive. They will not happen for Meredith unless she wants the transformation and is also willing to work for it, a lesson that will bring hope and direction to readers' lives. Quill says: A well-crafted novel with a hopeful message.