Under a Maui Moon by Robin Jones Gunn is an inspirational romance novel by one of the authors I enjoyed reading as a teen. (As a matter of fact, I have read three of her books this year).
Carissa is under a lot of stress.
After 24 years of marriage, she and her husband Richard are no longer as
close as they once were. When an unsettling incident with a prowler
around their house is followed by Carissa unexpectedly losing her job,
Carissa's life is thrown into turmoil, and she no longer feels that she
can turn to Richard for support. The chance to vacation in Hawaii
drops into her lap, so Carissa takes off by herself. In Hawaii, Carissa
doesn't find the peaceful vacation paradise she had imagined -- her own
unsettled feelings get in the way of relaxation. Moreover, Carissa meets
Kai, a handsome single man of about her age, and she starts to wonder .
. . is her marriage with Richard worth saving?
for the island setting is clear from the loving descriptions of Hawaiian
geography and culture in this book. I enjoyed reading the tidbits of
Hawaiian history worked into the story. There's also an all-too-brief
cameo of certain characters from the Glenbrooke series. Those were the
parts of this book that I enjoyed the most. On the other hand, I didn't
find Carissa a particularly sympathetic character, and too many of the
plot elements felt familiar from other books by the author (particularly
Whispers, Wildflowers, and Sisterchicks Do the Hula). Gunn's strongest writing is still the Glenbrooke series, and I advise readers of inspirational romance to start there.
(Reviewed from my personally purchased copy.)