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The wedding's abandoned, and the clouds of political disaster loom overhead.

The fire that almost ended Eden's life has put an end to the promise of marriage. While saving Eden, Rafe lost not only his eyesight, but also his independence, his determination, and his pride. In a short letter, he ends Eden's hope for happiness. Hurt and angry, Eden sails to the leper colony on the island of Molokai where her mother is suffering.

During Eden's year-long absence, Rafe seeks medical care in San Francisco and eventually regains his sight. Returning to his coffee plantation on the Big Island, Rafe finds the beautiful Bernice Judson waiting.

This is the year of decision. Hawaii is on the brink of revolution. The anti-Royalists threaten to depose the Hawaiian queen and bring the Hawaiian Islands under the Stars and Stripes. Eden must choose a side in politics and where to put her trust.

Will Eden discover the painful lesson God wants her to learn? And will she ever find healing for her broken heart with or without a life that includes Rafe?

About the Author

LINDA LEE CHAIKIN has written over thirty top selling books, including The Silk House series and For Whom the Stars Shine, a finalist for the prestigious Christy Award. Two of her novels have been awarded the Silver Angel Award for excellence. Linda is a graduate of Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and taught neighborhood Bible classes for many years. She and her husband make their home in Northern California where her favorite recreations are reading and taking vacations where the wind blows through lonely deserts and ghost towns.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Dawn of Hawaii Series (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: River North (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802437516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802437518
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Lee Chaikin has written over thirty books including the bestselling Daughter of Silk., its sequel Written on Silk, and The Midwife of St. Petersburg. Linda, an award winning author, is a graduate of Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband live in Northern California.

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Linda Chaikin does a great job wrapping up this series.
mandaandtom
The setting is very beautifully portrayed, but as a result it does slow the story down considerably, making it almost drag at times.
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What a great and well-written conclusion to a story so rich in history and in love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Jewel of The Pacific
Linda Lee Chaikin
Moody/River North, Mar 15 2013, $14.99
ISBN: 9780802437518

Rafe Easton decides to leave his beloved Hawaii and his soul mate Eden Derington to obtain medical attention in San Francisco for his blindness. He sends his fiancée a note informing her of his decision, but she never receives it. Heartbroken she concludes he no longer wants to marry her; she joins her medical father on setting up a leper clinic. When she fails to respond he assumes that his first inclination that no woman wants a lesser man as a mate is true.

Eden learns from her cousin that Rafe returned, but since he failed to contact her and was seen with Bunny Judson, she believes he wants no part of her. Ignoring Eden, Rafe works his coffee plantation and runs for a legislative seat on the anti-Royalist party that wants the Queen to abdicate and the kingdom to join the United States. She also must choose which side of the debate she belongs to as the moment of reckoning has arrived.

The latest Dawn of Hawaii historical thriller continues shine a deep light on the kingdom at a time of "crosswinds" changes sweeping the island through the impacts on two families (Easton and Derington clans) and their friends. The story line is anchored in time and place by real persona like Queen Liliuokalani, locations like the leper colony on Molokai and historical tidbits like the fight between independence or the States. Although it behooves fans to first read Hawaiian Crosswinds and Spoils of Eden (preferably recently) to understand how miscommunication led the lead pair (and others) to where they are at the start of Jewel of The Pacific, fans will enjoy Linda Lee Chaikin's epic trilogy.

Harriet Klausner
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By debwilson on September 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
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.
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By Taz on May 5, 2013
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If you've followed the series this far, you'll love this final instalment. In her trademark style, Linda keeps the characters intriguing and complex, maturing as time passes. The action never stops for a minute and this one follows right on the back of its predecessor (Hawaiian Crosswinds), straight after the fire. It's hard to know where to start with a review of Linda Chaikin's work because I always feel so strongly about her stories and characters. The greater life lessons shine through with a heart-wrenching consistency no reader can remain unaffected by. Her books (not her reviews) need to be read in order to do them justice. There are so many layers and strong points that no few deserve to be highlighted without bringing attention to other layers.

The back page confused me at first, as it seemed to be at odds with the ending of the previous story. As I got further into the pages I realised how it fit into place and I was utterly engrossed. Yes, Eden gets to Molokai. Yes, Rafe gets around town with Bunny. Yes, there is always heartbreak. Yes, terrible things happen. No, you won't be disappointed.

Linda's style is at its best and I really hope she gives us a few more offerings before calling it a day. I love that she is so merciless sometimes with her characters. New fans will appreciate the depth in this series as much as the die hard LLC fans. You can't race through this one - it must be absorbed without interruption. There's gold everywhere to be found. And do yourself a favour - get hold of the first novel if you can, "For Whom The Stars Shine", as there are actually four books in this series and it acts as prequel. It is SUCH a pleasure to read them all from the start, and I'm looking forward to doing it all over again very soon.
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