Esther's Gift: The Lei Crime Series: by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a cute little novella (novella? Longer short story?) that I picked up because:
a) Bette Lee Crosby offered it and
b) it's set in Toby Neal's Lei Crime series world.
I made the mistake of thinking that it might also be a murder mystery in Hawaii, but although it's set in Hawaii and someone dies (well, a few people die), it's not a murder or a mystery. Okay, fair enough - the blurb does tell it as it is: "Esther Ka'awai, a psychic and gifted wise woman of the ancient culture has seen the future. She knows of the devastation that will come to the island." No murder there... but well, one can hope... in vain.
Crosby manages to break out from her very Southern drawl to bring to life a gentle, wise Hawaiian woman with a gift - one that is more often a burden because no one likes to be told bad news, even if it means that they can prepare for it. Underlying it is a very charming romance between a widow and a widower; both with great loves now laid in the grave, uncertain if it would mean anything to start anew at the end of their lives. Overall, a heartwarming tale, as Crosby likes to tell it.
Note: I received a free copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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