The Island DecideseBook - 2013
Maui, 1971: A rural paradise soon to become world famous . . . Carrie Ann Emerson has never heard of Maui, until her lost four-year-old daughter turns up there, more than 2,000 miles away from home. The single mother's journey to reclaim her child takes her from San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury to a quiet island community shocked by hippie newcomers with a lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Suspicious about the circumstances in which little Rorie was lost on the mainland, the Maui judge requires Carrie Ann to remain on the island until he's convinced she's a fit mother. At first she wants only to take Rorie home to San Francisco, but Maui has its charms. And then there's Michael-handsome, sexy, charismatic. Certain that she needs a man to get by in the world, Carrie Ann sets her sights on Michael. But is there a line she should not cross to land the man of her dreams? And, with or without a man, can she be the kind of mother her little girl needs? The Island Decides is women's fiction with a historical twist, recalling a time in Hawaii that is almost entirely undocumented. It was inspired by author Jill Engledow's memories of life on Maui in the years when a wave of young people practicing the "hippie" lifestyle arrived in the Islands. The book's characters are based in the rural Haiku-Paia area of Maui, where these newcomers flocked to experiment with living on the land. The dropouts, many from urban backgrounds and completely unequipped to deal with the requirements of country life, often held unrealistic ideas about society, fueled in part by the extensive hallucinogenic drug use of the time. Maui natives found this naiveté difficult to cope with. Into this mix comes Carrie Ann Emerson, herself an immature and naïve young woman whose child has been kidnapped from California and transported to a commune on Maui. In seeking to reclaim her lost daughter, Carrie Ann gradually learns responsibility and begins to find herself as a mother and an independent woman.
Publisher: [United States] : BookBaby : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource