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The Spoils of Eden (The Dawn of Hawaii #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  119 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Amid the looming spiritual and political crisis in Hawaii, Eden Derrington and Rafe Easton are thrust into a conflict that will forever change their beloved Hawaii and threaten to derail their future marriage.
When Eden, representing the Hawaiian Board of Health at Kalihi Leper Hospital is sent to Rafe’s plantation to take baby Kip to Kalihi to quarantine him indefinitely
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published (first published 2010)
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MaryLu Tyndall
Aug 25, 2010 MaryLu Tyndall rated it really liked it
If you long to get away from your everyday life and travel to a lush, tropical, paradise but can't afford it, I urge you to pick up this book! Ms. Chaikin has an amazing talent to weave words in such a way as to make you feel as though you are truly walking the shores of Hawaii, listening to the waves crashing on the white beaches, hearing the exotic birds twittering all around, smelling the gardenias and other fragrant flowers, and feeling the kiss of wind on your face. Rich in the history of 1 ...more
Many times when I'm in the mood for a good Christian romance novel, I find that after I'm finished reading the book I've chosen, I feel good, but also feel like I've missed something. Too many times the storyline is good, but the characters are not in-depth enough or the whole story is just too predictable.

I will be honest and expected the same from "Spoils of Eden". Instead, I found a book that took place in Honolulu in 1891 and was rich in the history of Hawaii, well before Hawaii was part of
Angie Fehl
Hawaii, 1891. Rafe Easton, heir to a sugarcane plantation, finds an abandoned baby boy on the coast of Molokai, the Hawaiian leper colony. Not wanting to see an innocent child suffer, Rafe takes the child back to the mainland. The boy (assumed to have been born to lepers), given the name Kip, is tested and initial tests show him to be free of leprosy. Unfortunately, the law at that time says that all citizens must be certified free of leprosy through the Board of Health before they are allowed t ...more
It seems this may be more the first chapters of a bigger book than a book on its own. I'm guessing, though I haven't read any of the other books in the series, that it's Lord of the Rings style, or Mark of the Lion style, where the story doesn't really resolve until the end of the last book. This book had some conclusions, but not of the main story.
Also, there were multiple references to past events and character interactions. I felt like this couldn't really be Book One because these character
Rachelle Sperling
See my profile for my star rating system!

This book overlaps the situation and characters from Chaikin's novel "For Whom the Stars Shine" which I read almost ten years ago.

The story was interesting, yet it was a slow moving book with lots of time given to description, background information and the inner dialogues in characters minds. In some ways I felt as if I stepped into the middle of a story, there was so much background dialogue of what had come before, even though this is book one in the
Jul 13, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Linda Lee Chaikin
Publisher: Moody Press
May 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8024-3749-5
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Rafe Easton rescued an abandoned baby from certain death on the leper’s island in Hawaii. The baby seems to be leprosy free, but the doctors in Honolulu believe that Rafe is playing with danger and must return that baby to the islands immediately.

Eden Derrington has loved Rafe since childhood, but with them going in different directions and being unwilling to give
Gwendolyn Gage
I’ve been a fan of Linda Chaikin’s works since a teenager, and I’ll admit...this first book of her latest series was a bit of a disappointment. I did read all of it, but I never felt that emotional pull into the story. Instead, I was just reminded of characters I enjoyed in her other books, such a suspicious uncle and miserable aunt trapped in a bad marriage, troubled cousin(s), a noble and brave heroine, and an arrogant hero with a fun and very dry sense of humor. (I love Chaikin’s heroes, even ...more
Trinity Rose
Sep 24, 2010 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Years ago I read almost all of Linda Lee Chaikin’s books, but for some reason haven‘t read any for a long time. Really sorry I haven’t kept up with her, but will from now on.
“The Spoils of Eden” is book one in Linda Chaikin's newest series The Dawn of Hawaii. I can’t wait for the other two.
I just finished reading “The Spoils of Eden” by Linda Lee Chaikin and totally loved it. I really love her style of writing and how at the beginning of her books she always has a list of the characters, a fa
Nov 30, 2011 Ibjoy1953 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts

The Spoils of Eden…by Linda Lee Chaikin
The Dawn of Hawaii Series…..Book One

Rafe Easton and Eden Derrington have been in love since a very early age, and Rafe would love to get married soon, but Eden wants to wait because has her heart set on helping her father search for a cure for leprosy. And Eden’s mother living away from the family because she has leprosy is the reason for Eden wanting to find the cure.

In the meantime Rafe rescues an abandoned baby from the leper’s island in Hawai
The story is slow. The history is incredible. I had to push myself to the end and without answers about Kip, I know I won't finish the series. It was like two books were fused: non fiction Hawaiian history with Christian romance.
Dec 29, 2011 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I love Linda Chaikin Her writing just keeps improving. Occasionally a bit heavy-handed, she does an excellant job of linking spiritual truths to her interesting exploration of the social and medical treatment of leprosy in Hawaii in the late 1800's. She makes me stop and think which is rare and enjoyable.
Wat heb ik me door de eerste helft van het boek moeten worstelen zeg,wat een namen, want de hele familie komt gewoon in dit boek aan de orde.Ik was meer bezig om terug te denken wie nou wie was.
Maar ik weet van mezelf dat ik moet doorzetten en dat dat van zelf goed komt en dat was ook zo want hoe verder ik kwam hoe mooier het werd.
Pam Carlson
Jan 07, 2014 Pam Carlson marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Convoluted cast of characters but it drew me in.
Carol Rennie
The Dawn of Hawaii Series - Book 1

I found this book hard to get through until the last few chapters.

I am hoping books 2 and are more interesting as Eden & Rafe's story continue.

Slow; too much family and Hawaii history. Third one (Jewel of the Pacific) not at library.
Sep 08, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty tough to get through this one. And I used to be a huge fan of this author.
Sally Pratt
Sep 03, 2010 Sally Pratt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Interesting history of Hawaii, and a decent mystery; but the story is quite slow.
*Thanks to NetGalley and WynnWynnMedia for providing an ARC for review.*
Laura Eckert
May 15, 2011 Laura Eckert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish this. Too preachy.
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Linda Chaikin is a Christian fiction author with a focus on historical fiction. She sometimes publishes using the name L.L. Chaikin.

Linda was the youngest of 10 children and her father died shortly after she was born. She wrote her first full-length novel with pen and paper at the age of 14 - this novel was later rewritten as Wednesday's Child, part of the Day to Remember series.

She met her husban
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