Thursday, August 5, 2010

Under a Maui Moon

Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Publisher: Howard Books
July 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4165-8339-4
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Carissa and Richard’s marriage is falling apart. Neither one of them are communicating well with each other, and the last straw is when an intruder appears at Carissa’s home and Richard takes the side of the intruder and doesn’t validate Carissa’s concerns. To make matters worse, Carissa goes to work on Thursday and discovers that she’s been “let go,” with one of her employees nieces taking over her job effective immediately.

One of the doctors that Carissa worked with is kind enough to hand her keys to his Maui house so Carissa and Richard can go and have a “second honeymoon.” But with the death bells to their marriage tolling, Carissa makes arrangements to go by herself, figuring it is the first step to leaving Richard—before he leaves her.

The people in Maui are friendly, and Carissa soon finds herself attracted to handsome Kai. She’s toying with the idea of becoming romantically involved with him when God shows that His hand is still on her life—and love is closer than she realized.

UNDER THE MAUI MOON is not the fun type of read that the Sisterchick series, but it still takes us to a romantic destination and gives a literary tour of this vacation spot—perfect for those of us who can’t afford to go on their own.

Carissa and Richard were both at fault with the downward spiral of their marriage, but neither one of them wanted to be the ones to take the initiative to make it work. I couldn’t help but care for this struggling couple and hope that they find ways to make their marriage work. 224 pages. $14.99.

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