Susan M. Heim, author and editor of the bestselling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series has this to say in her review of Fiji: A Novel….

 ★★★★★ Reads Like an Epic Movie May 8, 2012
“Fiji: A Novel” is set in the mid-1800s, and we find that Fiji is a wild place during this time period, filled with native tribes that are constantly at war and practice cannibalism, European and American traders and adventurers, missionaries, and more.
Against this backdrop, Susannah Drake arrives with her missionary father from England to try to spread the word of God among the natives. In Fiji, she finds that dangers abound as she is caught in the crossfire between warring tribes.
Meanwhile, American trader Nathan Johnson arrives to trade muskets with the Fijians, who have found them to be effective weapons. He, too, finds himself drawn into the natives’ conflicts, as well as into the strong attraction he feels for Susannah.This book reads like an epic movie as Susannah and Nathan fight their burgeoning romance amid the horrors taking place around them.
I admit that I had to read quickly through some passages that were extremely graphic in their description of the cruelties the natives inflicted on those around them. But they were essential in painting a very vivid picture of Fijian life during this time period. They also brought to mind many moral and cultural questions about the appropriateness of attempting to convert the natives to Christianity or providing them with gunfire. Was it truly beneficial to attempt to bring the Fijians into the “modern” world of that time?
“Fiji: A Novel” is an adventure that won’t quickly leave your thoughts. I finished this book a week ago, and the memory of Susannah and Nathan’s experiences in Fiji are still fresh in my mind.
If you’re a fan of adventure, history, even romance, you’ll want to pick up a copy of “Fiji: A Novel” and brace yourself for the ride. It’s an intense story that will have you turning the pages long into the night.
Susan M. Heim is an author and editor, specializing in parenting, multiples, women’s and Christian issues. She is a former Senior Editor for the bestselling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. Susan is the author of “It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence,” “Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year,” “Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for FamiRead more

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Fiji: A Novel
Fiji: A Novel  is available as a Trade Paperback on Createspace and Amazon, and is also available as an ebook via Amazon.

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