The Hawaiian word of the day is
It means trail, pathway.
'O ka pono ko'u ala hele.
My course is righteousness.
|Petroglyph's along the King's Trail on the Big Island of Hawaii|
Perhaps Henrietta Lightfoot adopted this mantra in Halle Rubenhold's new novel, MISTRESS OF MY FATE: Book One of the Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot:
The 22nd October 1789: I shall never forget that day. I shall never forget the decision I made.
I was seventeen and so ill prepared for life that I hardly knew how to dress myself, let alone how to board a mail coach or even how to purchase a loaf of bread. When I fled my home at Melmouth Park, I left those who both loved and hated me behind. I threw myself upon the world, dear reader – and see what trouble has come of that.
Do read my tale closely, for the warnings of your mamma and your governess were correct; there is much to be learned from a woman of my sort. I fell for every snare and trick of fate, so that you might not. My tale is not for the faint of heart - the prude, the high-minded and moral are likely to take offence. You have heard the lies and slander from others. Prepare now to hear the truth.
Set during a period of revolution and turmoil, Mistress of My Fate is the first book in the series, The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot. In her candid and eye-brow raising memoirs, Henrietta seeks to set the record straight about the events that shaped her into the woman she became.
|Prise de la Bastille, by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel|
Storming of the Bastille
MISTRESS OF MY FATE will be available on January 8 from Grand Central Publishing at this link. I am giving away a print copy of MISTRESS OF MY FATE to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about trails - do you have a favorite place to walk or hike? I walk along the Pearl Harbor Channel almost every morning!
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, January 5, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Saturday, January 6.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Hallie and her books, check out her website at hallierubenhold.com.
|As the French Revolution erupted in 1789,|
King Kamehameha invaded Maui in his quest
to unite the Hawaiian Islands.