‘Don’t Walk Under the Coconuts’ by Robert Borden
Fed up with bitter Montana winters, Robert and Mary Lou are determined to find a nice place in the tropics they could escape to when temperatures in their home state drop below zero. A little island in the Cooks seems to be a natural choice.
While in paradise, the couple starts to enjoy the simplest things in life. With no rush, no stress, and no schedule to keep, they can do exactly what and when they want.
This is such a perfect read for all those lazy summer days! Its slow pace and beautiful descriptions will make you want to leave everything behind and travel to your own ‘slice of heaven’. Robert Borden definitely knows how to create a summer ambience. He is a born storyteller, so if you are in need of a good tale, this is a book for you.
‘Aged In Saltwater: A Journey Through the Pacific Islands’ by R. K. “Dick” Williams
When Dick is asked if he’s interested in a sail to the South Pacific, he simply can’t say ‘no’. Sailing across the Blue Continent just must be a great adventure, right? Especially for a 22-year-old man.
On board the Blue Orpheus, Dick learns what it really means to be at sea. Enduring harsh weather conditions, going through life-or-death crises, and dealing with unexpected and often unwanted situations is a thrust into adulthood few people experience.
Adventure-lovers will love this travelogue. It’s an exciting, thrilling piece of literature that will keep any reader on the edge of their seat; a white-knuckle ride on the high seas, told with humour, wit, and a generous dose of honesty.
‘Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island’ by Lucinda Fleeson
Tired of her life, Lucinda desperately needs an escape. When the opportunity arises to take a job in Hawaii, she asks herself: ‘Why not?’
Becoming a fundraiser for the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kauai seems like a dream come true. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in paradise? But as Lucinda soon finds out, Hawaii is paradise only in travel brochures.
Lucinda Fleeson’s story makes for an incredibly engaging tale. It’s a very personal memoir, enriching and uplifting on so many levels. But it’s also a fun, summer book. As a former journalist, the author knows exactly how to make certain topics both thought-provoking and enjoyable to read.
‘Faery Lands of the South Seas’ by James Norman Hall and Charles Bernard Nordhoff
Fascinated by the islands of the South Seas, James Norman Hall and Charles Nordhoff decide to set out on a journey of their dreams.
In Oceania, they get a rare chance to experience real Polynesian life. As they spend time with friendly Islanders, they discover a completely different yet thoroughly enchanting world of ancient customs, traditions, beliefs, and legends.
Sometimes we all want to go back in time. This travelogue will take you to the Pacific of the colonial era, showing you what the islands were like in the past. Both authors are phenomenal writers – their stories are not only interesting but also wonderfully told.
‘Royal Visit to Tonga: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh’ by Kenneth Bain
When the Kingdom of Tonga receives a message that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will visit the archipelago, the whole country immediately gets to work. Everyone pitches in with making decorations and preparing food, so all is ready when the Royal couple arrives.
After months of expectation, the joyful day finally comes. The Islanders, excited to host such honourable guests, begin the celebrations.
The account of 1953 Royal Visit to Tonga is a great book to indulge in before this autumn’s tour of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Australia and Oceania. It’s a very interesting and even more informative read that casts insights on the South Pacific kingdom and its culture.