“I was born for adventure. I flout convention. I am a New Woman on a holy purpose.” Newlywed Emily Stone and her husband, Isaac, areyoung missionaries who have traveled from New England to Honolulu to share the Gospel with the Hawaiian natives. Gentle, adventurous,well-bred, and beautiful, Emily soon finds herself struggling with intense homesickness but remains determined to share her faith . . . andignore her growing feelings for handsome Captain MacKenzie Farrow. Just as she begins to bond with the influential High Chiefess Pua and her daughter, Mahina, unexpected tragedy threatens to force her off the island. In a state of confusion, Emilymakes a decision that could destroy everything she knows and lovesincluding her own sanity.
Three decades later, Sister Theresa comes to the islands as a missionary nurse and becomes acquainted with Captain Farrow’s charming son, a powerful man who is instrumental in Hawaii’s alliance with America. Theresa discovers that a dark curse is plaguing his family and the island’s inhabitants, a curse that only Emily and Mahina can help her reverse.
With richly imagined characters and spellbinding scenery in the tradition of James A. Michener’s Hawaii, Rainbows on the Moon is a masterful depiction of the beauty of humanemotion.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
BARBARA WOOD is the international bestselling author of 26 acclaimed novels, including New York Times bestseller Domina. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages. Barbara lives in Riverside, California.
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He was in his mariner’s coat again, the gold-braided cap on his head, a solemn look on his face. Once more, he took Emily’s hands in his and said, “I cannot recall when I have last enjoyed myself this much in port. And for the first time, I find myself reluctant to leave. But Alaska calls and I have a long voyage ahead of me.”
She could barely speak. The past five days with MacKenzie had been a dream. They had gone for walks, visited lagoons and waterfalls, he had invited her aboard his ship, he had told her more enchanting tales while she had spoken of her girlhood in New Haven. Their behavior had been of the utmost propriety, with MacKenzie frequently expressing his dismay that he had missed the Reverend.
“I will write to you and your husband,” he said, “and dispatch the letters with accommodating sea captains along the way.”
“Isaac and I will look forward to reading them.” Although, in truth, Isaac had not been interested in Captain Farrow’s first letters, which had arrived six months ago. She doubted he was going to be interested in more.
But she herself . . . Emily was going to treasure them.
Once again she stood on the promontory to watch the Kestrel vanish over the horizon. But this time, she didn’t feel just a part of herself going with it, but her entire self and she knew she would not be whole until he returned.
Table of ContentsPart One: Hilo on the Island of Hawai‘i, 1820
Part Two: Willamette Valley, Oregon Territory, 1851
Part Three: Honolulu, O‘ahu, 1860
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book! It is a great read for lovers of Historical Fiction, telling the story of how white men changed the land, people and culture of the islands of Hawaii. They thought they were bringing God to a savage people, only to learn about faith, healing, forgiveness and hope from the islanders.