A SONG FOR THE STARS
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 Hawaii,
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 Maile’s 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
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