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Torn between family loyalty and their deep affection for one another, Rafe Easton and Eden Derrington strike an agreement that will bring them together after one final year of pursuing their dreams. For Eden, those dreams involve dangerous medical research with her father, and spending time with the mother she never knew ¿ a leper on Moloka'i. Rafe's dreams are equally noble ¿ managing the family estates and serving in the Legislature ¿ until both begin to unravel. Revolution threatens the fragile calm of ...
Torn between family loyalty and their deep affection for one another, Rafe Easton and Eden Derrington strike an agreement that will bring them together after one final year of pursuing their dreams. For Eden, those dreams involve dangerous medical research with her father, and spending time with the mother she never knew ¿ a leper on Moloka'i. Rafe's dreams are equally noble ¿ managing the family estates and serving in the Legislature ¿ until both begin to unravel. Revolution threatens the fragile calm of Hawaii's sovereignty, and the man who murdered Rafe's father now threatens the lives of Rafe's mother and adopted son. With love, danger, and political upheaval demanding his attention, Rafe must commit to a course of action without second thoughts. Love, beauty, and blessing ¿ the perfect "happily ever after" to a Hawaiian romance ¿ unravel in the Hawaiian Islands of 1892. What will this mean for Rafe and Eden, caught in the Hawaiian Crosswinds'
Rafe read the telegraph message from his mother, Celestine, in San Francisco."Townsend is here. I recognized him standing across the street. I believe he is watching the house. Parker Judson called the authorities but Townsend slipped away. He's still h
CHAPTER EXCERPT: Rafe read the telegraph message from his mother, Celestine, in San Francisco."Townsend is here. I recognized him standing across the street. I believe he is watching the house. Parker Judson called the authorities but Townsend slipped away. He's still here, I know he is. Parker has promised that Kip and I will be kept secure. Even so, I'm uneasy." Townsend's in San Francisco. Rafe looked off toward the sea. The black water rolled in menacingly. Townsend, who'd allowed Rafe's father to die in order to have his land and his wife Celestine. Townsend, who'd tried to gain Great-aunt Nora's financial estate by immobilizing her, or worse, with a drug. It was Townsend who'd alerted the Board of Health to baby Kip's origin on Molokai in order to take revenge upon Rafe for regaining Hanalei and the pearl beds. And it was Townsend who'd set the torch to old Ling's hut on Kea Lani, because he knew something about the death of Rafe's father. The crosswinds of spiritual conflict and danger were beginning to strive again, this time against Rafe's own soul. It seemed as though the storm would be overturning the structures built on sand before the tide turned, and the winds calmed¿if they ever calmed. The challenge to stop Townsend gripped Rafe's emotions. And stop him, he must. Keno joined him on the hill's edge. "That devil-lion you mentioned, "crouching at the door'" I think he's stalking his prey again."
LINDA LEE CHAIKIN has written over thirty top selling books, including The Silk House series and For Whom the Stars Shine, a finalist for the prestigious Christy Award. Two of her novels have been awarded the Silver Angel Award for excellence. Linda is a graduate of Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and taught neighborhood Bible classes for many years. She and her husband make their home in Northern California where her favorite recreations are reading and taking vacations where the wind blows through lonely deserts and ghost towns.
Posted November 30, 2011
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.
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Posted May 18, 2011
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.
Posted May 20, 2012
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Posted November 4, 2012
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