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BOOK REVIEW: FRANGIPANI: A NOVEL
BY CELESTINE VAITE

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What happens when a wife goes to her husband's job and collects his pay? You will be surprised!

This is a story of a mother-daughter relationship. The bond doesn't start as soon as the daughter is born but while she is still in the womb. The mother, Materena, talks to her daughter and continuously brings her up to date on everything.

When Materena was six months pregnant, she decided to apply for a job as a professional cleaner. She did get hired for the job. Materena's baby was overdue and the doctor decided it was time to activate the birth. As Materena started to go into labor, she had to keep in mind the three Tahitian rules regarding childbirth. Finally, her baby girl, Leilani was born.

As Leilani grew a little older, she would always ask her mother questions like "Who invented the broom?" "Who invented the rake?" and "Who invented the wheelbarrow?" Her mother's response to all of these questions was "A woman".

A very funny part of the book was when Materena gave her daughter a "Womanhood Talk". Materena always included many of the Tahitian traditions and she also gave Leilani some good advice like "Women can do anything" and "It is very important to believe in yourself".

What does Leilani decide to do with her life?

If you have experienced a close mother-daughter relationship, this is a book that you will thoroughly enjoy. You will feel the relationship growing between mother and daughter. The author does a wonderful job of including many of the Tahitian traditions and making them blend in with the story. This is also an excellent book for younger women to read because the author emphasizes that a woman can do anything in her life as long as she believes in herself. Be sure to read this very entertaining book.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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