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Five Star, Sep 2003, 26.95, 200 pp.
ISBN: 1594140251

In Maui, Kate Elliot runs an eight room bed and breakfast, the Bird of Paradise. However, after growing up here and returning from the mainland four years ago, Kate suddenly suffers from acrophobia, not a good trait for someone selling views from the heights to tourists. A local Kahuna informs her that she is tormented by a premonition of something she expects to happen soon.
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Mark Smith arrives as a guest, but acts as if he must hide secrets, paying in cash so he leaves no paper trail. When he suffers from severe sunburn, he rejects a hospital, but accepts aid from Kate and her friend. As Kate and Mark become better acquainted they begin to fall in love. However, she soon learns what the omen of the egrets on her roof warning her to beware of the shark means. In this case it is not a watery creature, but Mark the Shark, who has plans for her B&B that excludes Kate.

Though Mark's behavior is more than suspicious from the start, fans will enjoy this Hawaiian romance. Kate is a delightful character though she should not allow the “bellboy” to lift. Her “split personality” that adopts some island customs and some mainland practices will entice the audience to keep reading. The secondary characters provide a local flavor so that the readers receive a four lei tale that is simply fun.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   trying to carry out business objective

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Hawaii

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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