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  1. Jewel of the Pacific, Dawn of Hawaii Series #3 -eBookeBOOK
    Jewel of the Pacific, Dawn of Hawaii Series #3 -eBook
    Linda Chaikin
    River North / 2013 / ePub
    $7.55 Retail: $9.99 Save 24% ($2.44)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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  1. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 20, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Amid the looming political crisis in Hawaii, Rafe Easton faces one of the worst crisis he's ever known. As a man of determination, independence, and masculine pursuits he suddenly becomes blind and his world ends. Pride causes him to abandon the upcoming marriage to Eden Derington and seek medical care in San Francisco. Through an associate he sends a letter to Eden telling her he left Honolulu to find himself again. When he never hears from her again he settles into the belief that he was right all along; a helpless man is a bag of bricks around a woman's neck.

    Parker Judson's niece, the beautiful Bernice "Bunny" Judson, sees her opportunity and makes a play for the one man she's always wanted, Rafe.

    Hurt and angry that Rafe has walked out of her life, Eden knows about his eyesight loss but she never received the letter Rafe sent to her. In heartbreak she goes with her father Dr. Jerome to Molokai to set up the clinic for lepers. Eden hopes to pick up the shattered pieces of broken plans and begin life anew. At last she is emotionally free to close the door on the leper colony and allow her mother to rest in peace in the presence of the Lord she had trusted.

    Eden discovers that during the year she was on Kalawao, not only did Rafe return to Honolulu, but he has rebuilt Hanalei coffee plantation on the Big Island, and is again running for a seat in the legislature. He is hard at work with the other anti-Royalists to depose the Hawaiian queen and to bring the Hawaiian Islands under the Stars and Stripes.

    Rafe's blindness was only a temporary condition. Although she's delighted for Rafe, she discovers that he has no intention of reaching out to her again. While her lost love affair with Rafe is as painful to her as ever, he is cool and distant, avoiding her to the point of arrogance. Nor has he been romantically idle. Cousin Candace sadly informs Eden that Rafe is spending most of his time with Bernice Judson, and that her husband Keno has heard Parker Judson saying he is hoping for Rafe's future marriage to his niece. Eden is both hurt and angry.

    The clouds of political disaster have arrived overhead. Eden must decide which side of the upcoming Revolution she is going to support. Plus she must discover the painful lessons God wants her to learn, and if she will ever find healing for her bruised heart with or without a life that includes Rafe.

    My Review:

    This story was a stunning conclusion to the Dawn of Hawaii series. I learned a lot about how it became a state, how leprosy really affected the population, and of course, the running of a sugarcane and coffee plantation. I felt as if I was really there with the way Chaikin describes the state in such detail and beautiful imagery. While I have seen this trilogy through from the first book till now, I was not disappointed with the historical accuracy and tidbits along the way that made this such an enjoyable ride for the entire series.

    I must admit I was very disappointed when Rafe and Eden went their separate ways. I guess I really expected all along that somehow things would work themselves out, but the way it ended was not at all how I anticipated it to finish. It was a historical thriller in every sense of the word, with the crosswinds changes that swept the island and brought it to be the state it is today. Queen Liliuokalani was present with historical accuracy, as well as the Molokai leper colony that changed the lives of many people in their time of greatest need. A recommended trilogy and novel that delves deep into the annexation of Hawaii.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 29, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Jewel of the Pacific, Dawn of Hawaii Series #3.
    Amid the looming political crisis in Hawaii, Rafe Easton faces one of the worst crisis he's ever known. As a man of determination, independence, and masculine pursuits he suddenly becomes blind and his world ends. Pride causes him to abandon the upcoming marriage to Eden Derington and seek medical care in San Francisco. Through an associate he sends a letter to Eden telling her he left Honolulu to find himself again. When he never hears from her again he settles into the belief that he was right all along; a helpless man is a bag of bricks around a woman's neck.

    Parker Judson's niece, the beautiful Bernice "Bunny" Judson, sees her opportunity and makes a play for the one man she's always wanted, Rafe.

    Hurt and angry that Rafe has walked out of her life, Eden knows about his eyesight loss but she never received the letter Rafe sent to her. In heartbreak she goes with her father Dr. Jerome to Molokai to set up the clinic for lepers. Eden hopes to pick up the shattered pieces of broken plans and begin life anew. At last she is emotionally free to close the door on the leper colony and allow her mother to rest in peace in the presence of the Lord she had trusted.

    Eden discovers that during the year she was on Kalawao, not only did Rafe return to Honolulu, but he has rebuilt Hanalei coffee plantation on the Big Island, and is again running for a seat in the legislature. He is hard at work with the other anti-Royalists to depose the Hawaiian queen and to bring the Hawaiian Islands under the Stars and Stripes.

    Rafe's blindness was only a temporary condition. Although she's delighted for Rafe, she discovers that he has no intention of reaching out to her again. While her lost love affair with Rafe is as painful to her as ever, he is cool and distant, avoiding her to the point of arrogance. Nor has he been romantically idle. Cousin Candace sadly informs Eden that Rafe is spending most of his time with Bernice Judson, and that her husband Keno has heard Parker Judson saying he is hoping for Rafe's future marriage to his niece. Eden is both hurt and angry.

    The clouds of political disaster have arrived overhead. Eden must decide which side of the upcoming Revolution she is going to support. Plus she must discover the painful lessons God wants her to learn, and if she will ever find healing for her bruised heart with or without a life that includes Rafe.

    My Review:

    This story was a stunning conclusion to the Dawn of Hawaii series. I learned a lot about how it became a state, how leprosy really affected the population, and of course, the running of a sugarcane and coffee plantation. I felt as if I was really there with the way Chaikin describes the state in such detail and beautiful imagery. While I have seen this trilogy through from the first book till now, I was not disappointed with the historical accuracy and tidbits along the way that made this such an enjoyable ride for the entire series.

    I must admit I was very disappointed when Rafe and Eden went their separate ways. I guess I really expected all along that somehow things would work themselves out, but the way it ended was not at all how I anticipated it to finish. It was a historical thriller in every sense of the word, with the crosswinds changes that swept the island and brought it to be the state it is today. Queen Liliuokalani was present with historical accuracy, as well as the Molokai leper colony that changed the lives of many people in their time of greatest need. A recommended trilogy and novel that delves deep into the annexation of Hawaii.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    ANOTHER GREAT READ!
    May 8, 2013
    My Book Addiction
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Jewel of the Pacific, Dawn of Hawaii Series #3.
    JEWEL OF THE PACIFIC by Linda Lee Chaikin is an exciting Historical Thriller set in Hawaii. #3 in "The Dawn of Hawaii" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,"The Spoils of Eden" and "Hawaiian Crosswinds. With political crisis growing in Hawaii,Rafe Easton,Eden Derington and Bernice Judson must face their fears,come to grip with their past and find a future for themselves. Filled with faith,secrets,danger,healing,forgiveness,and love. A powerful story! Sure to be an epic. I have not read the other two in this series, but intend to read them, I had no trouble following the storyline. Although, I feel you would have a better understanding of the two main characters if you read the first two,to understand what made them make the decisions that where made. Still, I would recommend "Jewel of The Pacific" especially if you enjoy historical fiction,romance, learning more about the Hawaii Islands. A great story! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media,LLC.

    Rating: 4

    Heat Rating: Sweet

    Reviewed by: AprilR,(Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)
  4. Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A trip to Paradise you don't want to miss out!
    April 21, 2013
    cooljennie2000
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Jewel of the Pacific, Dawn of Hawaii Series #3.
    Jewel of the Pacific is the third installment of Linda Chaikin's "Dawn of Hawaii" series. It picks up where it was left after the fire at Rafe Easton's beloved Hanalei in which Eden Derrington was almost killed. In a form of rage and revenge, Rafe sets out after Townsend Derrington and as a result, loses his eyesight. Eden is devastated when she receives a letter from her fiancé saying that they must postpone their wedding until he recovers. Rafe then seeks medical care in San Francisco while Eden sails to the leper colony, Molokai, to finally meet her mother who was dying from the loathsome skin disease.

    During Eden's long absence, Rafe recovers his sight and returns to Hawaii where he once again campaigns for the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands while rebuilding Hanalei. Eden is delighted to hear that he has recovered but is confused when he refuses to ignite their romance or proceed with their wedding plans. Instead Eden sees him keeping company with the beautiful Bernice (Bunny) Judson who is the niece of Rafe's associate. Little did Eden know Rafe's reason for not contacting her. Could their love reignite again against all odds?

    I absolutely loved how Linda was finally able to complete the series first started in her For Whom the Stars Shine novel. What a great and well-written conclusion to a story so rich in history and in love. I will be sure to read this series more than once to fully appreciate the times and the storyline. Thank you Linda for this wonderful story!
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