Set on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, GLASS BEACH tells the riveting, tender and emotionally moving story of Elizabeth Bennett, a woman determined to hold on to her independence, provide for her young daughter and find her own personal paradise, and of a man without a solid identity, searching for his own eden.

Following her ruthless husband's death, Elizabeth believes she has finally found peace. Intent upon running their ranch until her young daughter, Hadley, comes of age, Elizabeth is willing to do whatever she must to insure Hadley's future.

A stranger suddenly rides onto her land with the power to shatter her dreams. According to her husband's will, Spence Laamea, his illegitimate son, has control over the ranch until Hadley reaches her maturity. He and Elizabeth must operate the estate together or the land's ownership will revert to the government.

Here is a man who makes Elizabeth's heart beat with both fear and passion, and whose past has a strange hold on their future. She comes to love him despite his half-breed status; he is the one man she will risk everything for. Even treachery, the King's decree, a fierce storm, her pride and his stubbornness cannot erase their love.

Filled with Hawaiian history, language and the majestic aura of these romantic islands, GLASS BEACH is a story that will linger in your heart. The emotional power of Jill Marie Landis' writing reaches into your heart and brings both tears and joy. Stunning in its mastery of the understanding of a woman's heart, GLASS BEACH will become a classic. SENSUAL (June, 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin