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By Kathy Giuffre

ISBN-10: 0958291683

ISBN-13: 9780958291682

In an try and break out from her tense existence as a unmarried operating mom of 2 younger boys, Kathy Giuffre books a year-long journey for 4 in a tropical paradise. on the final minute, her boyfriend proclaims he's not becoming a member of them, and Kathy unearths herself in an unlivable residence in Rarotonga, a tiny speck in the midst of the South Pacific Ocean. Her not likely savior is Emily, an 82-year-old Maori girl with a wide white residence at the fringe of the sea, which the 2 girls proportion with callous missionaries, the ghosts of Emily’s ancestors, and, in brief, a weird and wonderful couple from japanese Europe. As time passes, Kathy is seduced by way of the island and its humans and by way of emotions she hasn't ever prior to skilled. this is often an inspirational tale approximately having the braveness to go looking for whatever higher and discovering it—serenity, sensuality, and, eventually, love.

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This was done most efficiently from the bar at Trader Jack’s right on the edge of the harbour, to which all news on the island was instantly relayed. Consequently, within hours of Mr Tarau’s arrival, Malcolm had him on the phone and got directions to the house. We hightailed out to the village of Aroroangi to finally see our long-awaited dream home. Oh. My. God. On an island almost painful in its beauty, an island for which scores of nineteenth-century British sailors had run the risk of being flogged to death for desertion, an island whose lure had launched at least a thousand ships, an island that had threatened to undermine the missionaries’ whole theological edifice because of the distinct suspicion they had somehow stumbled into the prelapsarian Eden, on this island Mr Tarau owned the only ugly house.

I stood on the sidewalk by our suitcase, holding Aiden with one hand and Tris with the other, waiting to be loaded on to the van that would take us to our hotel, and tried to realise that this was real, tried to hear the ocean and smell the flowers and impress this moment into my brain forever — the moment when we arrived. First thing next morning, I called the number I had been given for Mr Tarau, the man who would be renting us a house. He wasn’t there. Then for most of the rest of the day the phones were out.

I wanted things to work the way they were supposed to work, and if they weren’t working I wanted someone, somewhere, to do something. Now. Malcolm, on the other hand, was an old hand at island time. He was an English refugee who had been on the island for decades. Not long ago I read a book of travel essays, set on various islands around the South Pacific, in which Malcolm is mentioned by name. The writer made fun of Malcolm’s name and his accent and his pen chant for alarmingly attractive women.

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