Only opening their hearts will keep them from plunging into the dark abyss. Old Nani-lei lives in Hana-lani, her family home in rural Hawaii. She looks after her grandson Henry, 52, and his daughter Lucy, 6, who have returned to Maui from Berkeley after the death of Maria, Henry's wife. Henry and Maria, both professors, had been working on A History of Ethics, and now the grieving Henry struggles to finish it. City girl Meredith Campbell, 36, fast-paced, self-centered, and beautiful, believes her body will ensure her happiness. After losing her job and finding her lover unfaithful, she flies to Maui, sure he will follow...but her plane crashes near Hana-lani. As their worlds collide in a natural world both beautiful and dangerous, Henry will be forced to act on his words, and Meredith will come face-to-face with her own life choices. A poignant journey that unravels T.S. Eliot's "permanent questions"- what is goodness, truth, and love? By the author of the thought-provoking trilogy Pilgrimage, Offerings, and Inheritance.
About the Author:
Christine Thomas Sunderland (1947-), the daughter of a Presbyterian pastor, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and came of age in the tumultuous Vietnam war years. Her inspirational novels, set in the present day, reflect the larger questions of our world today: What is civilization? Why is our past important? How do we understand where we are going? She is also fascinated with the interaction of matter and spirit. Her trilogy explores the legacy of Western European culture: Pilgrimage (OakTara, 2007), tells of a mother's search for healing of body and soul in Italy; Offerings (OakTara, 2009) tells of a redemptive journey through France (Bronze Medal winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2010); Inheritance (OakTara 2009) tells of a life-saving trip through England. A fourth novel, Hana-lani (OakTara 2010), set in Hana, Maui, is a love story about the role of family in American culture. She is currently working on a mystery about Mary Magdalene set in Rome and Provence.
Christine is Vice-President of the American Church Union, the publishing house of the Anglican Province of Christ the King. She has written numerous publications for children, including the Jeanette Series, novellas set in France and San Francisco, 8+, and has edited the Anglican Confirmation Manual and The American Church Union Church School Series (http://www.Anglicanpck.org). She lives in Northern California with her husband and two incredible cats.
Visit Christine's website at www.ChristineSunderland.com
My Take on the book:
I love reading books like these because they remind me of a Life Time movie. I got into the plot of the story and kept wanting to read more so I could get to good part lol I personally could relate to the characters in the story because my husband & I are two different people and a flat tire brought us together. This will be a good read for anyone who reads it.
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