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Ashes In A Coconut

Fashion designer Laura Harrison accompanies her banker husband Jack to Indonesia, hoping to save her marriage. She expects their new home to be a romantic hideaway, like something out of a classic Bogart movie. Instead she walks into a house of horrors. White sheets cover gothic furnishings and black garments hang in the closets. It’s as if the former occupants fled from some danger. Though alarmed, Laura is determined to make things work. At the market, she sees a baby orangutan for sale, its mother killed by poachers. Her heart goes out to the poor creature and she discovers her passion — saving the endangered primates and their vulnerable habitat. Meanwhile Jack, ambitious yet naïve, becomes ensnarled in the corrupt underworld of Indonesian business and politics. He decides to finance a logging project in the rainforest, putting their marriage, and their lives, in jeopardy.  

Publication May 2019 by Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC


Praise for Ashes In A Coconut

In this intricate tale, Kearns is skilled at building the Jack and Laura’s marriage unravels, a taut plot thread that threatens his livelihood deftly comes into focus, pushing the heroine to the edge and turning the book into an intriguing page-turner.
— Kirkus Reviews
“The characters are wonderfully written by an author with a great command of the English language, including very likable and relatable characters living real lives with real problems. This is a descriptive novel that puts you in the center of the story, feeling it, living it. You can feel the emotion coming off the pages as you follow two main characters in two different stories that ultimately come together in a tale of redemption. An excellent first novel, perfectly suited to those who love thrillers and stories of travel. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.”
— Readers' Favorites 5-star review
Bo Kearns brings the reader intimately close to the intriguing local color and customs of exotic Indonesia. Ashes in a Coconut weaves a tale of corruption, betrayal, and ultimately redemption that had me marveling at the resiliency of the characters to the very last page. A wonderful debut!
— Reyna Marder Gentin, author of Unreasonable Doubts
Whet your appetite for the dazzling palette of colors and aromas, the bustling mysterious world of Indonesia…described by author, Bo Kearns, a talented wordsmith and a keen observer….what he paints is the transformation of heart and mind and spirit, an inspiring and sometimes terrifying rebirth. Ashes in a Coconut should be on the top of the list for any reader who cares about the planet or the people who inhabit it.
— Daniel Coshnear, Willa Cather Fiction Award winner and author of Jobs & Other Preoccupations and Occupy & Other Love Stories
“I enjoyed spending time with Jack and Laura as they attempt to mend their marriage and make their way through the Jakarta of 1983, a glamorous and dangerous place of Singapore Slings, shady bankers, mysterious curses, seductive servants, damaged rain forests, magnificent Buddhist temples, and orphaned orangutans.”
— Molly Giles, author of Rough Translations, winner of The Flannery O'Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, and The Bay Area Book Reviewers Award
“Ashes in Coconut” fascinated me from the first house afire to the last coconut. In 1990’s Indonesia, a banker fights to save his company and his honor while a strong woman works to overcome American expat stereotypes. Both deal with clashing cultures, political upheaval, and corruption in government and international banking undermining the love they are trying to repair. Kudos to Bo on his debut novel
— Eric Wirchey, Award-winning author of Bull's Labyrinth and Littlest Death