Saturday, November 30, 2013

Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter

Laney Carrigan was adopted as a baby. Now an adult, she has decided to find her birth parents. Her dad helps her by posting on line a photo of the Lokelani quilt in which she was wrapped when left on the Carrigan front stoop.

The novel opens as Laney is flying to Hawaii – to the family who responded to the posted photo of the quilt. She receives a warm reception but Laney battles fear of being rejected again by the family who rejected her once. She is disappointed that only an aunt and grandmother remain as her birth mother reportedly died of an overdose. Adding to the stress is Kai Barnes, a troubled cowboy/helicopter pilot taken in by Laney's birth family. He thinks Laney might be a gold digger, after the valuable family farm. Despite his doubts, he has feelings for Laney. And she has feelings for him – but there are so many issues between the two of them.

This was a fun novel to read. I learned a great deal about the Hawaiian culture and PTSD. Carter did a great job giving the reader a sense of place in describing the surroundings. The romance is done well too. And there is plenty of action towards the end. It is a quick read and well worth it.

I am taking part of a blog tour of this book. You can read other reviews here.

Lisa Carter has a Master's degree in History and has taught at the university, high school and middle school levels. She is the author of Carolina Reckoning. She is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She and her family live in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can find out more at

Abingdon Press, 240 pages. Purchase a copy here.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of this review.

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