Aloha Rose is a novel by Lisa Carter in the Quilts of Love series.
Aloha Rose takes place in Hawaii where Laney comes back to meet her biological family. The heritage of the Hawaiian people is clearly of tremendous importance to her family as they prepare for her return. When she arrives she is shocked to not find anyone waiting for her, until her “cousin” shows up.
The instant sparks that appear between Laney and Kai are obvious. Both Kai and Laney are accustomed to remaining in control of their feelings and maintaining their own space. With one another they realize they need to learn to trust the other and be willing to let each one into their lives. This is especially difficult when Kai is torn between his interest in Laney and his suspicion that she is up to no good.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the area as Kai gave Laney her own personal tour of the islands. Ms. Carter writes a compelling story with a vivid backdrop.
Many family issues are touched on in this story, showing that there is rarely a simple explanation to adoption. Watching Laney and Kai heal from past hurts as their relationship grows was my favorite part of the story.
I recommend this story for readers who enjoy a romantic style novel, that is both a fun read and one that moves along quickly.
About the book: When Laney Carrigan's adoptive parents encourage her as an adult to seek out her birth family, her only clue is the Lokelani quilt in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island, she battles fears of rejection from a family that abandoned her once before while her faith struggles to embrace God's love.
Along the path to her true heritage, she meets Hawaiian cowboy/helicopter pilot, Kai Barnes. Kai is determined to protect the people he's come to regard as family against a woman he suspects of being nothing more than a gold-digger, but he finds himself drawn to Laney in spite of his reservations. He's spent his entire life seeking forgiveness from past mistakes and longs for a second chance at happiness.
Laney's painstaking journey to find restoration and a place to belong among the breathtaking allure of the Big Island will lead her closer to her past and maybe even something more.
Meet the author: Lisa Carter has been published in MomSense and Christian Parenting Today. Lisa is currently teaching music at a preschool and enjoying the enthusiasm and joy for life for which preschoolers are famous. She and David have two beautiful daughters.
Find out more at: http://www.quiltsoflovebooks.com
NOTE : I received a copy of Aloha Rose, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review, by LitFuse.