Winner: 2013 San Diego Book Awards, Romance!
2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist!
"Haole Wood is a fun read with lots of local flavor and a heroine who's desperately trying to find a way to stop making bad choices. It's a story of overcoming cultural differences and coming of age. But most of all, it's an enjoyable mystery written with wit and an eye on the ultimate story goal--entertaining the reader." - Examiner.com
"5-Stars! ...An outstanding story and remarkable characters, but Haole Wood also gave me an intriguing culture and setting." - My Reading Room
"Haole Wood has the perfect blend of sassy and sarcastic humor and exciting and crazy situations." - The Indie Bookshelf
"The plot, the characters, the dialogues, the location, the humor, the mystery, the action, the drama, the romance... put them together and you get - the perfect beach read!" - Indie Book of The Day
"In addition to being something of a mystery...this is a romance...a sweet, delightful, fun book. Jaswinder is sassy and feisty, bless her. And her voice is so real." - Cupcake On Books
"...Filled with all the Aloha spirit that makes you sit back, relax, pull up a lounge, and enjoy a mai tai while reading it." - Chick Lit Central
"The writing style worked pretty well for me. In the beginning of the book, I like the voice – smooth and easy with a laid back, humorous style. I finished the book still liking the voice . . . It also satisfied my craving for something different which, after so many years of reading romances is sometimes difficult to do." - Dear Author
"This is one of those books that once you read it, you will be handing it around to your girlfriends, saying READ this—it's hilarious and sweet and inspiring at the same time! The book is also begging to be made into a movie!" - Bless Their Hearts Mom Blog
"Jaswinder's "coming of age" will resonate with readers as she embraces her Hawaiian heritage. I commend DeTarsio for her spot on references to surfing, tourism, and pidgin (local slang). Recommended read for those who are curious about Hawaiian culture, island life, and where fate can lead." - SOS Aloha
"Can Jaswinder save her Halmoni? Can Jaswinder save herself? You'll just have to read this utterly charming book to find out. Read this book if you need a laugh, and read it if you need a vacation." - Carol K. Carr, author of India Black, Madam of Espionage Mysteries
About the Author
DEE DeTARSIO's literary talents shine with tenderness and humor as she takes readers into the heart of women's lives.
Filled with friendship, love, loss, betrayal, and challenges that force her characters to find their place in the universe, Dee's novels give us that hopefully-ever-after we're searching for.
Dee DeTarsio is a graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in southern California with her family. (She only goes back to visit Ohio for two days in early October because she is equally scared of tornadoes and getting trapped in a snowstorm.)