I received this book for free from Shadow Mountain Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Song for the Stars by Ilima Todd
Published by Shadow Mountain on April 2, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical, Light Romance, proper romance
Source: Shadow Mountain Publishing
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Inspired by a true story Hawaiian Islands, 1779 As the second daughter of a royal chief, Maile will be permitted to marry for love. Her fiancé is the best navigator in Hawaiʻi, and he taught her everything he knows—how to feel the ocean, observe the winds, read the stars, and how to love. But when sailors from a strange place called England arrive on her island, a misunderstanding ends in battle, and Maile is suddenly widowed before she is wed.
Finding herself in the middle of the battle and fearing for her life, Maile takes John Harbottle, the wounded man who killed her fiancé, prisoner, and though originally intending to let him die, she reluctantly heals him. And in the process, she discovers the man she thought was her enemy might be her ally instead. John has been Captain James Cook’s translator for three voyages across the Pacific. He is kind and clearly fascinated with her homeland and her people—and Maile herself. But guilt continues to drive a wedge between them: John’s guilt over the death he caused, and Maile’s guilt over the truth about what triggered the deadly battle—a secret she’s kept hidden from everyone on the island. When Maile is tasked with teaching John how to navigate using the stars so he can sail back to England, they must also navigate the challenges of being from very different cultures. In doing so, they might also find the peace that comes when two hearts become one.
This is just a beautiful story and such a rich history. The description in the book paint such a colorful picture of how gorgeous the island was and the people that lived there. I just loved this story. You follow along with Maile, a very strong and independent, princess. She has lost her future husband and her people are in trouble but she has fallen in love with someone she shouldn’t. I want to tell you about this entire story but I don’t want to give a lot away, this is just such a wonderful books with strong characters and a beautiful history.
Overall, I can’t recommend this book enough. Great story for Teens, YA Adult and Adult since this is a proper romance there is no content that is unsuitable for younger age teens. I adored this book and look forward to reading more stories by this author!
About the Author
Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and dives for octopus with her dad every time she visits otherwise she’s diving into books in the Rocky Mountains where she lives with her husband and four children. She graduated from BYU with a degree in physics and eats copious amounts of raw fish and avocados without regret. But mostly she loves being a wife and mama and wouldn’t trade that job for anything in the world.
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