** Illumine Her **After being away for three years and graduating nursing school, Alana Vilo finally returns home to Samoa and knows nothing will ever be the same. Consumed with grief from the loss of her father, she buries herself in her work and the obligations that come with a large family. While her colleagues anticipate the arrival of a mysterious benefactor, Alana remains unimpressed, until she meets him. Chase Malek is not at all what she expects of the philanthropist that has donated so much to help her island’s hospital. Young, handsome, and strangely knowledgeable of their local customs, Alana realizes there's much more to Chase than meets the eye. After a traumatic experience with one of her patients, her suspicions are confirmed. Alana starts to resurface as she attempts to uncover all of Chase's secrets. As she starts to put the pieces together, she learns more about herself, and the walls she put up after her father's death slowly start to crumble. But now that she's opened her heart and let Chase in, will he even be able to stay? Or will his greatest secret of all keep them apart?
My Review: A love story with a twist. For the fact that its by a Samoan author. I love it already. I love anything Samoan these days. lol. I love how more and more Polynesian authors are finding their voice and making their work of art be seen and heard. Without giving away too much, I loved how the characters were challenged with dealing with taboo issues that Samoa faces everyday and ways to overcome them. You feel the anguish and determination that the main character is going through. The author did a magnificent job on the details as the story evolves.Looking forward to more works by Mrs Sieni. Get your copy today !!!