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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556616473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556616471
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having recently completed her nursing training, Eden Derrington has one goal: to care for the leprosy patients isolated on the island of Molokai. Her grandfather, however, believes that Eden should follow the more traditional paths taken by women in the mid-1800s. A devout Christian, Eden continues to pursue her calling, causing some conflict within her family. Her attraction to Rafe Easton, a man her grandfather does not approve of, adds to her difficulties. First in a new series from the prolific Chaikin (e.g., Island Bride, Harvest House, 1999), this title combines her usual elements of an exotic setting and intriguing mystery, with interesting historical lessons on both leprosy and Hawaiia. Her growing number of fans should find this a more than satisfactory read.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Linda Chaikin is an award-winning writer whose historical series include HEART OF INDIA, THE GREAT NORTHWEST, and THE ROYAL PAVILIONS. Empire Builders was awarded with the Angel Award for Excellence in Ficiton. She and her husband make their home in California size : 5.4 x 8.3

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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 has wowed me with another book.
Jennie
Overall, I'd recommend this novel as an enjoyable way to learn more about this period in Hawaiian history.
Debbie
I thought this was one of Chaikin's best novels when I read it ten years ago.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of Linda Chaikin's best. It's set in tropical Hawaii as well as San Fransisco. In the book, Eden is stuck in the middle of Hawaiian politics, as well as the mystery surrounding her mother's death. How can she learn the truth? If that isn't enough, this novel also tells you about the first missionaries to come to Hawaii and their somewhat wayward descendants. It also has romance! A MUST read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanna C. Vercelli on January 10, 2007
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I loved this book when it first came out, and have been waiting for book two, I went to Linda's website and here is her answer... Q: Is there is a book 2 that follows, "For Whom the Stars Shine?"

A: "For Whom the Stars Shine" is a stand alone novel for which the publisher decided not to continue it into a series. I think that was unfortunate since this book was later nominated for the Christy Award.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2001
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This book was great. However, it has been two years since this book was published. Okay Linda, when will we see Book 2?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Weagraff on July 9, 2001
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This is a great book. Very interesting and well written. Get one for yourself I am sure you will enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
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I thought this book is one of Linda Chaikin's best. I enjoy history and appereciated the history of how Americans first came to Hawaii and how some cared enough to start a leper colony. Eden chooses to become a nurse to help her father discover a cure for the lepers. I also enjoyed the mystery of how Eden tried to find out how her mother actually died since no one ever wanted to discuss it with her.
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"For Whom the Stars Shine" is a historical set mainly in Hawaii from 1888 to 1891. It also has a fairly typical romance and a mystery about Eden's mother's death. However, it's primarily a historical novel, and anyone skilled in solving mystery novels will probably have this mystery figured out before the book is halfway done.

Daily and social historical details were woven into the story which created a vivid picture of what life was like then. There was also a lot of information on the (past) Hawaiian missionary movement and (current) political turmoil in Hawaii due to the plantation owners wanting to have Hawaii made an American territory. If you're not interested in this, then you'll probably find the level of detail a little heavy since more information was given than was strictly needed. However, if you are interested, this story is a very enjoyable way to learn about about this history.

The characters were engaging, though Eden was rather naive and the only other character we really got to know was Rafe. The suspense was created by the mystery surrounding Eden's mother's death and the family discord.

There was a high level of Christian content, from giving the history of the missionaries on Hawaii to a preacher character who liked to quote Scripture. But I didn't feel like any of it was preaching at the reader. There was no bad language or sex. Overall, I'd recommend this novel as an enjoyable way to learn more about this period in Hawaiian history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
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Once again, Linda has captured my attention while not bogging me down with too many historical details! She has the art of sharing history with her fiction that makes it all seem so true.
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