Never confuse Hawaiian spirits for Aloha spirit.
On the lush tropical Hawaiian island of Kauai sits the iconic dilapidated Coco Palms Resort, once a paradise getaway for the rich and famous. On September 11, 1992 Hurricane Iniki ripped through Kauai, leaving the resort nothing more than a hollowed shell.
Centuries before Iniki struck, the land belonged to Kauai’s royal family. The lush coconut grove along the Wailua River was home to Queen Deborah, the last reigning monarch, whose remains have never been found. Rumor has it that she walks the halls of the resort.
After more than two decades, corporate New York lawyer, Abby Parker has been hired to acquire the property for a wealthy land developer. Abby soon discovers that the Heritage and Cultural Association is not the biggest obstacle to stand in her way. Within hours of arriving on the island, Abby finds herself on a gurney, in the back of an ambulance. Abby may have bitten off more than she can chew.
Rating: 5 stars
Legend of the Coco Palms Resort by Rita D’Orazio is fascinating. Her novel brings readers to Hawaii. A tropical place that is exotic and loved by many. Here, I got to follow the main character to a place called, Coco Palms Resort. Once upon a time, this was the most expensive and popular resorts know worldwide. The rich and famous would come there to visit. But then, a hurricane came and all was lost. Destruction took over. Since then, real estates have tried to take over the property. It’s a real money spot, only if they can get to it. So far, no one has succeeded. Plus, there’s rumors that it’s haunted. Now, enters the protagonist, Abby. She’s a lawyer hired to go scout it. But what she finds is more than anything she ever thought. I loved how themes like family, culture, heritage, and love were present here. Rita D’Orazio has captured them beautifully. The scenes come to life with every page. The characters and their personalities snag readers like myself further into the plot. Soon, I found myself at the ending. It was brilliant. I truly enjoyed following this adventure from beginning to end. A lawyer turned into a business woman and the new treasures she finds is worth reading…Overall, I highly recommend this contemporary women’s fiction to readers everywhere.