Summary: When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is the Hawaiian quilt—a red rose snowflake appliquéd on a white background—in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island and battling fears of rejection, Laney begins a painstaking journey toward her true heritage. Kai Barnes, however, is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family. He thinks Laney is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes toward her Hawaiian family. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing that Kai and Laney both want most—a family. ~blurb
Review: I picked this novel from NetGalley because I have a fascination (bordering on obsession) with Hawaii. It is a place I have never visited yet know that in my heart of hearts I will one day live. Everything I have seen or read about it cements that resolve. It is paradise, and yes I know it is very expensive. Aloha Rose is my first venture into Hawaiian fiction. I was looking forward to seeing if the sense of family or ohana translated on the pages. One thing I did not anticipate was the darkness. Aloha Rose touched on a lot of subjects that went beyond the typical boy meets girl romance novel fodder. It deals with adoption, the death of a parent, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease. This is definitely not a light-hearted, feel-good story.
Final Take: 3/5