Image of The Hawaiian Discovery

THE HAWAIIAN DISCOVERY

Image of The Hawaiian Discovery

Wanda E. Brunstetter and her daughter-in-law, Jean Brunstetter, once again capture the beauty of Hawaii in their latest heartfelt Amish story, The Hawaiian Discovery. Though a sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt, and second in the Hawaiian series, not all of the story takes place on the tropical island; there are several narrators, and some of them are on the mainland at times. With the different narrators, Ellen’s story is a bit slow to really take off, and the love story between her and Rob winds up being rushed. Readers will get to enjoy seeing more of Ken and Mandy, and the continuation of their love story is touching and emotional as Ken has to overcome a harrowing encounter. The story is enjoyable, and the ending is sweet, though the first part is a little slow.

Ellen misses her friend, Mandy, who is now living in Hawaii with her husband Ken. When Ellen gets a phone call that Mandy’s husband has been hurt, Ellen rushes to Hawaii to be with her friend and help out any way she can. While she is there, she befriends one of Ken’s friends, Rob Smith. Ellen and Rob find themselves attracted to each other, but she knows that things could never work out for them because he is English, and she will be returning home at some point. As for Rob, he is keeping things from Ellen even though he is falling for her with each passing day. Will Rob and Ellen discover that love is greater than the differences they have between them? (SHILOH RUN PRESS, Jun., 256 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Susannah Balch