Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: Love Finds You in Lahaina Hawaii
Author: Bodie Thoene
Publisher: Summerside Press
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction
Year/Setting: Hawaii, 1973 and 1890s
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Bodie's Website: www.thoenebooks.com
In this Love Finds You story, youíre taken back and forth between the 1890s and 1973. Through the inspirational and historic love stories of Sandi Smith and Crown Princess Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn you learn that love can and will not only find you at the most surprising of times but also find you not matter what the circumstances or consequences.
For Sandi Smith her trip to Hawaii is the help complete a project called UCLA History Department's Fifty States History Project. She is to interview a woman called Auntie Hannah, who not only knows all of Hawaii's history but lived it as the best friend to Crown Princess Victoria. Though this is a love story what you should know is that Sandi is married. Her husband John is in the Vietnam war but MIA (missing in action) she has no idea if he is alive or dead so the last thing she expects is to have feelings for Auntie Hannah's Great Grandson, Archie. It isn't until she is "visited" by John that Sandi is able to finally let go and start really living again.
It is through Sandi's research and Auntie Hannah's journals that we are pulled back into the 1890s and the love story of Crown Princess Victoria. Victoria has the admiration of two young men. Clive Davies is the son of her English guardian, Theo Davies. Victoria and Hannah are both staying with The Daviesí while they attend school. Andrew Adams is the dashing and cocky young man that Hannah and Victoria all but torture on their boat trip to England. Throughout the book Victoria makes it clear that her feelings for Clive are that of a love of a sister, this doesn't stop him though. His attempts are all for naught though when you realize that even though she is somewhat fighting it her heart belongs to Andrew. At first Andrew thought Victoria was stuck up but as time went on and he got to know her you feel as well as sense his softening toward her. Andrew becomes her protector and it is through his protectiveness and his uncanny ability of being in the right place at the right time that you come to realize he does indeed love Victoria as well.
Through Victoria's story is how the history obviously comes in. I loved this part of the book. Until I read this I had no idea how Hawaii came about becoming a part of the United States. I also had no idea that they were ruled by a King or Queen either. The struggles and the fights Hawaii went through to not become a state is somewhat sad and how we finally acquire them to me was not quite right but what can you do, it's history and how it came to be.
The best relationship in this book is Victoria and Hannah's. Though not real sisters, you feel the love for one another as well as the protectiveness. Itís not till the end of the book that you realize just how much these two would do for one another. I have a friendship like this now so I greatly relate. Its a feeling inside of you that will not quit and you know that if anything were to happen to them you wouldn't know for a while which end were up. I am grateful to have a friendship like this as I am sure Victoria and Hannah were. There friendship is the inspiration in this book and I hope any girl who reads this story at some point has a friendship like theirs and they cherish it!
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