Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Spoils of Eden

by Linda Lee Chaikin

Moody Publishers

When Rafe Easton rescues an infant from the forbidden island of Molokai in Hawaii, he is convinced that the boy is meant to be his. Doing the right thing may cost him more than he is wiling to pay, but he is confident that his fiance Eden Derrington, will not only understand but support his decision. Forced to lie and say that little Kip is his nephew, he brings Kip to his home in Hanalei and makes his a part of his life. 

Eden Derrington is trying to accomplish too much in too little time. Juggling her impending marriage to Rafe and her interest in helping her father Jerome, establish a new clinic for the lepers of Molokai; she also seeks the truth about her mother's fate. Will she loose Rafe's love even as she discovers what it mean to be Dr. Jerome's daughter? And will the questions she has about her mother Rebecca, ever be answered satisfactorily?

The only thing I knew about Hawaii before reading this was that they became a state in 1959 and that they have a tropical climate. But this novel taught me so much more about the state's rich history, and it's first missionaries who gave everything to a people that so desperately needed the word of God. Whether you know a lot or a little about the last state to join the Union, Chaikin weaves a tale of intrigue and mystery that is sure to capture you interest from the very first page.

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