Bella Fontaine stood immobilized, her hypnotic green eyes transfixed upon the gripping spectacle in the heavenly realm before her. The polarized Typhoon sunglasses sheltered her vision, blocking all but the most miniscule glare of the torrid rays caused by the sun’s gradual entrapment beyond the brave parading moon.
It was July 11th, 2010, and Easter Island was everything that she had ever dared dream it might be. Known to the original natives as Rapa Nui, this small slice of heaven is extremely remote, located at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian triangle between Hawaii and South America. Widely famous for 887 extant monumental statues, called “moai,” carved by the early inhabitants, Bella had read with rapture of their mysterious aura. The Rapa Nui National Park swallows up a large percentage of this virgin isle.
The two above paragraphs are excerpts from the first chapter of Rhonda St. Clair’s captivating novel ‘The Dartkenss of the Sun’ heralded online by an unknown reader as one of the best books dealing with abusive relationships.
The recent news story that it had been discovered that the statues on Easter Island, formerly thought to only be heads, have bodies, brought the book to my mind…not just because Rhonda is my wife, but because it starts out on Easter Island and is a very good read, especially for women who have undergone abusive situations. Get it and see for yourself. There is now a link to the StCP site at the upper right of this blog.