Pele's Tears

Sharon K. Garner. Five Star, $25.95 (244p) ISBN 978-1-43282-505-8
Dante Kohoa travels from Lehua, Kauai, to the coast of Maine, believing he's been summoned by his childhood companion, Noelani Beecham. He hopes she's finally ready to return to the flower farm she jointly inherited from his grandmother, who helped to raise Noelani and taught her the art of stained glass. Their emotional connection is strong despite years of separation after the untimely death of Dante's twin, and they are both being mysteriously targeted by someone who thinks they have the precious jewels known as Pele's Tears. As Dante and Lani learn to relate to each other as adults, they also work to find the jewels and stop the threat to themselves and their farm. Garner's lush descriptions of Hawaiian flora, fauna, and culture add engrossing detail to a lovely romance that blossoms slowly like a flower reaching for the sun. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/06/2011
Release date: 07/01/2011
Hardcover - 369 pages - 978-1-4104-4362-5
Paperback - 322 pages - 978-1-5373-5371-5
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