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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
Outraged and disappointed by the money-obsessed system that caused the death of her father in a costly medical error, Eryn Lyle embarks on a journey that would both ease her pain and expose her to more beauty than she could ever imagine. The life-changing adventure takes her from living in a van to working and traveling on a ship, teaching surfing and business English classes, meeting an animal whisperer, and working on an aquaculture farm, where the magic and beauty of nature are projected. R. Cameron Bryce writes about the legends and history of the rich Hawaiian culture, finding love, and experiencing life in its full splendor in Under the Giant Mimosa with the Mango Tree Lover.
In an adventurous story that also feels like an endearing and profound memoir, R. Cameron Bryce employs a smooth, natural style that gradually immerses the reader in a serene and aware state. The protagonist's journey is a familiar and relatable one. In spite of dealing with the dangers of being in the wild and tension between the crew members of the salmon roe processing ship, Eryn strives to maintain her balance and find a way to get over life's hurdles, as we all do. Sexism is addressed when Eryn does jobs that are seen as men's work, and the dark sides of corporate America appear throughout the book. Under the Giant Mimosa with the Mango Tree Lover is recommended to all free spirits out there, the ones that don't fit into a self-centered system and want to explore something more wholesome.