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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 intriguing page-turner.
— Kirkus Reviews
The characters are wonderfully written by an author with a great command of the English language...a descriptive novel that puts you in the center of the story...perfectly suited to those who love thrillers and stories of travel. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
— Readers' Favorite, 5-stars
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
I will warn you the writing is so good that you will be left wanting more...I can’t wait for the next book.
— The Mary Reader
...a powerful and thrilling story of secrets , betrayal, hope, and redemption. Bo Kearns weaves this suspenseful tale seamlessly through the shady climate of Jakarta in the 1980’s and is a book not to be missed!
— The Haunted Fae
This is [a] unique love story wrapped in a mystery set in an exotic locale. Isn’t that cover gorgeous?
— Orange County Readers
I enjoyed that it took place in Indonesia. I embraced the characters, especially Laura.
— Miss W's Book Reviews
...a wonderfully told story of betrayal, corruption, forgiveness and redemption.
— David L. Morgan, an Instagram reviewer
This book drew me in from the first page and kept me turning the pages well into the night...
— Karina's Book Emporium
I really enjoyed the setting and the cultural detail...moving and beautiful...I would recommend this book for any reader.”
— Henryandbennysbooknook
...This was an excellent debut and I’ll be looking for more from this author. A romantic suspense that you will enjoy. Perfect summer read.
— Novels and Latte Book Club
...I love this book so much...I couldn’t stop reading it!
— AbduliaCoffeeBookAddict
Bo Kearns has written a delightfully unique romantic suspense novel. A complex relationship, a beautiful setting, and a splash of suspense...The perfect book to add to your summer TBR!
— BeritAudioKilledTheBookmark
There is genuinely something for everyone in this story...The plot is flawless and original...
— Bookapotamus
I love when novels keep you rooting for certain characters. I was definitely rooting for Laura the whole time...
— Reading with Mere
If you want a book that will grip you instantly, make you fall in love with characters and keep you hooked until the last page is reached, then Kearns has the perfect book for you.
— Cover to Cover Cafe
The lush, tropical setting is intriguing, the plot is complex and unpredictable. WE are given a panorama of color, customs, beautiful seductive women, corrupt officials, dogs and birds. The title draws one in, but the book delivers..”
— Sonoma County Gazette