I really liked the first one and was looking forward to this but this was so descriptive that it took it to 30% before the 2 of them ever came face to face. A book doesn't have to be filled with gratuitous sex but the author spent so much time going over and over and over the back ground that there was little dialogue between any of the characters. Once she got around to the dialogue it was great and I would hv liked to read a lot more of that than describing the house as it is now and then again as it was and that it hasn't changed much. I skipped a lot of this one and the fact that the author made a point of saying she wasn't done with the first couple and wanted to revisit them they only appeared in a total of 3 scenes. I do like how this author takes societal problems and how she tries to solve them but frankly the fact that Maddy was still fending off PHYSICAL andvances by men bc of the way she was built was kind of overdone. I could see once or twice but the author had her being accosted almost everywhere she went. Suffice it to say that I had plenty of experience in unwanted advances from the time I was 15 and I learned with a look how to back them off. She certainly should have been able to do so by the time she was 25. Sometimes, yes, men are idiots, even with pepper spray being pointed straight at their face. I just found that whole thing overdone.
What an interesting story. This book was quite different in that our heroine, Maddie had an usual problem to deal with and also a very tragic past that was a bit of a mystery. This is a story on an emotional and mental level. If you are looking for a lot of action or tons of drama, this is not it. But if you like an in depth look at what has made someone the way they are and most of it, not of their own doing, this is intriguing. How this is handled and how all the characters deal with the past is what makes this story so gripping. The family dynamics present are charming and realistic. The town life we are immersed in is based on its smallness and being a tourist town, also charming. All the characters are very well created and I felt felt I knew them. We have two very attractive, likable main characters. We also have absolutely gorgeous descriptions of the island of Lana'i. Edie excels in bringing the scenes to life. The reader feels like they are there. I am looking forward to reading more about Maddie and Kai and Ben and Haley. Edie's writing is flawless and a pure delight to read! I also appreciate all the research done, I learn a lot.
I really enjoyed this book. It followed Maddie and Kai through their awakening in Lana'i. I am not one to post a storyline or plot, however, I will tell you that this book was absolutely unique. I never realized that maybe someone could be "too pretty" to be happy, and that is the case with Maddie. I really enjoyed every page of this book. The description is just amazing. Just as she did with the Alaskan setting in her first Pacific Horizons book, Edie brings you home to Lana'i. "Thousands and thousands of miles of water and whales and fish and sharks and seaweed and giant squid and all sorts of deep and mysterious and unknown things. The ocean was vast and unknowable and infinite, and she was small and wholly insignificant, and for the moment, she liked it that way." Yes, the whole book is full of Edie Claire's deliciously beautiful descriptions! Read it! You will love it!
First I read Alaskan Dawn! Oh my gosh, the descriptions of the remote Alaskan places are so succulent that I was almost drooling to be there. I WAS there a few years ago, on those same roads, glaciers and tour boats. It’s all true....and then add the wonderful characters, story line, and humor. This writer has me captivated. Then I bought Leaving Lana’i and it was excellent also. I love the weaving of ecological problems and possible solutions into the narratives so that we become more aware of our responsibilities to Mother Earth.
I liked the first book in this series and the Alaskan setting was marvelous. The characters were engaging. But I loved Leaving Lana'i. Maybe it was the description s of the different weathers as I hate the cold. I really enjoyed the characters, though I have never suffered from the problems Maddie does. And Kai is just gorgeous. Both books have unusual plotlines that are fully developed. I don't like reviews that tell the whole story, but both these books are worth a read. I can't wait for the next one.
I really enjoyed the story line in that it kept me guessing on what had happened in the past that was not yet revealed. Up until the last couple of pages I was not sure and could not predict it. I only wish the lead characters got together a bit earlier and not only on the last page. But then again, that also kept me turning the pages.
You just can't go wrong with a book by Edie Claire. She writes adult and YA books, sometimes with a touch of the paranormal. He writing is solid, her stories are interesting and easy to read and her characters compelling . Edie is my go to author when I am in a book slump or looking for something to read or re-read to lift my spirits. Start with book one in any of her series, or choose one of her stand alone novels. You won't be sorry. I have been reading her books for many years.