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angelswing | Aug 23, 2013 | librarything.com
I really enjoyed this book. It was a little hard to get into it, but once I did
it was so interesting! It tells the story of a young man coming to terms
with the differences between his native culture and Christianity. I like
the way this character was portrayed and seeing him mature and become
an individual, his own person not controlled by others desires and rules.
All of us make this journey to find who we are and who we are supposed
to be. Check it out, I think you will agree it’s a great book.

tricia35 | Aug 5, 2013 | librarything.com
I couldn’t put it down. The characters are great and the
depth of the story was great. I am going to pass the book on for
myf riends to read.

kristincedar | Feb 18, 2013 | librarything.com
To be honest, “In Pursuit . . .” is a real, true story.
I actual read the story, and really enjoyed the depth of the characters, Oliana and Jonathan. Their love story seems troubled, and the external strife with Jonathan’s
work seems fabricated, but trust me, this is one true story, you will get into.

Reviewed by Kristine Morris
March 1, 2016, Foreword Review
Naturally beautiful locations and cultural clashes and expectations are brought to life in this graceful love story.

The son of a wealthy businessman must decide between worldly ambition and a life built on a foundation of truth and integrity in Gita Audhya’s graceful love story, In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality and Happiness.
Brought up in luxury and ease, Jonathan Foster is slated to carry on his father’s legacy in the family business, but he finds his world crumbling around him when he learns of his father’s unscrupulous business practices. On a solo trip to Hawaii, Jonathan meets Oliana, a lovely young Hawaiian woman, and the two falls in love.
Set in the natural beauty of Hawaii, the upper-class society of Houston, and India, the story blends the passion of young love with concerns over family expectations and personal responsibility; business ethics; and issues of class, race, and social status.

The cover art is colorful, dramatic, and tasteful, and the layout and page design are attractive and easy on the eye. Skillful pacing, natural dialogue, convincing and realistic conflict, and well-rounded characters whose inner lives are revealed as they confront the events of the story make this book a pleasure to read.

Gita Audhya’s In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality, and Happiness powerfully portray the contrast between lives that honor spirituality, ethics, and community and those that are based on greed and selfishness. Going beyond mere entertainment, this book offers a commentary on what is truly important for a rich, meaningful, and happy life.

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In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality, and Happiness Gita Audhya Xlibris, 205 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 978-1-5035-4205-1 (Reviewed: March,2016 by BlueInk)
There’s certainly no false advertising in this book’s title. Readers will indeed find a tale that delves into the search for love, spirituality and happiness–with a Hawaiian twist.

The novel tells the story of Jonathan Foster who grew up rich and privileged in Houston. Jonathan finds himself unhappy and unfulfilled. While on vacation in Hawaii, Jonathan meets Oliana, a beautiful native Hawaiian college student. Jonathan and Oliana fall in love, But as Jonathan becomes more entrapped in the corrupt family business and Oliana is pressured to become a society grand dame, their happiness erodes. To rekindle it, they both must follow a spiritual quest.
The plot is familiar to anyone who’s ever read a romance, but the author enlivens it with descriptions of Hawaiian traditions. The author is at her best when describing these traditions and the Hawaiian scenery. Her use of imagery elevates the story, and her evocative language helps readers become invested in the characters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
TITLE INFORMATION
IN PURSUIT OF LOVE, SPIRITUALITY AND HAPPINESS
Audhya, Gita
$14.95 paperback, $9.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1440139895; July 20, 2009
BOOK Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744
indie@kirkusreviews.

REVIEW

Romance, Hawaiian history and spirituality intertwine in Gita’s first novel.
Centered on a couple’s romance and life together, Gita’s book subtly informs readers about Hawaiian history and finding faith—whatever form it may take. The story begins when Jonathan, a wealthy, big-shot banker for his father’s company, takes a vacation to Hawaii to escape his miserable job and oppressive parents. There he meets Oliana, a full-blooded zawaiian beauty. The plot development is sudden: Their relationship quickly progresses and they get married before he leaves for the continental U.S. Occasionally, the story tells readers rather than shows; while well written, additional detail and buildup could improve the early sections of the book. Even so, the couple’s love and passion is on full display. Oliana teaches her new husband much about Hawaiian history and religion, but after moving to Houston with him, she has a difficult time adjusting to a ritzy lifestyle; she also feels suppressed by her possessive mother-in-law and cold father-in-law. Likewise, Jonathan soon becomes consumed by work, and the passion they shared slowly dwindles. When Oliana returns to her first love—Hawaii—Jonathan searches for and discovers the true meaning of love, happiness and spirituality. Many married readers will be able to relate to Gita’s novel. Despite an engaging story line and a well-rounded supporting cast, the novel could benefit from more description and dialogue to fully flesh out the story line. In covering Hawaiian religion, Christianity and Buddhism, the novel draws attention to spiritual discovery, emphasizing the age-old adage “money can’t buy happiness.” A refreshing blend of romance, history and religion that entertains as it informs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine pick, highly recommended August 7, 2010

By Midwest Book Review
Format: Paperback The pursuit of Happiness, a constitutional right, is not an easy right to exercise. “In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality, and Happiness” tells the story of a young man trying to make on his own separate way from his corrupt father and pursuing a Hawaiian beauty, but seeing that there is nothing easy about getting what he wants. A fine story of chasing one’s goals, “In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality, and Happiness” is a fine pick, highly recommended.

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By Dr. Tapan Audhya on February 4, 2010

An important observation is presented in this novel that now-a-days many people in America and Europe are adopting a secondary faith to shape theirs own spirituality. Adopting secondary faith gave them an opportunity to fulfill the space in their mind where they can establish a direct spiritual connection as well. The author has presented this idea through main character like Jonathan, the new generation who has embraced Dalai Lama’s Buddhist view with his Christian principle. Jonathan’s friend O.C is a product of Indo-American relationship -the gradual adoption of other culture, specifically from India; the Hinduism incorporated into his own culture and shaped its own Christian view. Oliana, the heroine in this book derives her life experience through her deep-rooted ancestral spiritual background and she celebrates with dance, songs and by loving nature to please her goddess in an ancient way even though her primary religion is Christianity.

Most of all, it is a wonderful love story, setting in USA, Hawaii and India. It brings new inspiration and new approach as it has painted the innermost feelings of two people, their first experience of whirl-wind physical romances and then of real love. Their aspirations which will strike a chord as it describes how Jonathan in love with Oliana stands up to the irrational norms set by the society and solves many conflicts to bring happiness to them at the end.

In 1960 and 1970 The New Age movement or New Age Spirituality started to emerge with its distinct form. Of course its roots can be traced back in 19th century. The term New Age was used as early as 1809 by William Blake who described a belief in a spiritual artistic “New Age” in his preface to Milton: a poem. I am here to present another new phenomena based upon observation called “Secondary faith” which has similarity with New Age Spirituality but major differences exist. Secondary Faith is based on Primary Faith, older spiritual and religious traditions but rejects religious dogma and ritualistic approach. Main differences are as it does not include astrology, metaphysics, alternative medicine, ecology, environmentalism, supernatural and specially atheism. It draws inspiration from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. It believes in healing power, meditation, secularism and individual spiritual connection with God.

In my book “In pursuit of love, spirituality and happiness” Jonathan draws inspiration from Buddhism without leaving his primary faith of Christianity. Oliana loves to dance to please her Volcano Goddess Pele and pursue happiness in nature though her primary religion is Christianity. Jonathan’s Christian friend OC seeks comfort in Hinduism.

If you like to experience these phenomena that may allure your life and how you can shape your own happiness, love, romance and spirituality through that, then I recommend this book for you.

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3.0 out of 5 stars It’s ok
By Emily on June 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
The story was clear and concise. It didn’t really grab my attention, but it wasn’t bad.
On an editing note, there were a number of commas missing.

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My book has been featured at http://www.travelintales.com/ under “author writes love letter to Hawaii”

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Love and Money,
By Melissa B. Levine “Independent Book Reviewer” –
In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality and Happiness is a story of a swiftly moving love between two people of vastly different backgrounds. Author Gita Audhya has combined elements of romance, historical and spiritual references, and the hard truths of modern capitalism into a love story.

Jonathan Foster is the heir to a wealthy family in Houston, Texas. As the story opens, Jonathan decides to vacation in Hawaii. It is a much needed break from his duties in the family’s corporate business and the intense wheeling and dealing required to keep it all together.

While taking a tour of a museum in Honolulu, Jonathan spots a beautiful young woman, a native Hawaiian. He is quickly smitten and abandons his guided tour to pursue her. After spending only a few hours with Oliana Pau, a student at a local college, Jonathan confesses his love for her. As the couple becomes better acquainted, Oliana educates Jonathan about the history of her people and the islands. She also shares her spiritual beliefs with her new love interest even though Jonathan makes his skepticism known.

The relationship between Oliana and Jonathan moves like a fire on oxygen, rapidly burning through the pages of the novel. While it challenges any doubts the reader might have about love at first sight, the author’s portrayal of the intense feelings between the couple helps to make this aspect of the story believable

In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality and Happiness is a love story with many dimensions. It demonstrates the overwhelming power of new love; the complexity of bringing together different cultures; and the obsession that comes with greed and the desire for power.

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Title: In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality and Happiness
Author: Gita Audhya
Reviewer: J. Blackmore, Allbooks Reviews. www.allbookreviews.com

When you feel trapped in your own life, a journey is often the only way to see things clearly.
Jonathan has led a comfortable existence. His family’s wealth has kept him provided for, but with that status come certain expectations. In a rare moment of rebellion, he flies to Hawaii to take in the sights, and runs headlong into destiny.

In Pursuit is a love letter to Hawaii, both as a place and a state of mind. However, that does not necessarily translate well into fiction. Audhya’s prose is rich, breathing life into her setting, but her characters are lacking in depth, and their dialogue is not as natural as it could be. The characters are there to explain things, to make points on behalf of the author. This is a common technique in fiction, but in this case the reader is constantly being reminded of it. Audhya clearly has talent, and passion for her subject, but might be better suited to non-fiction.

Gita Audhya has traveled from India to the UK, and then to the United States in pursuit of her dreams. She still travels frequently with her husband.

In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality and Happiness is a meditation on the wonder of life and the present moment.

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Comment: It is a unique story and characters are more symbolic than actual.

An important observation is presented in this novel that now-a-days many people in America and Europe are adopting multi faith to shape theirs own Spirituality. Adopting another faith gave them an opportunity to fulfill the space in their mind. The author has presented this idea through main character like Jonathan, the new generation who has embraced Dalai Lama’s Buddhist view with his Christian principle. Jonathan’s friend O.C is a product of Indo-American relationship -the gradual adoption of other culture, specifically from India; the Hinduism incorporated into his own culture and shaped its own Christian view. Oliana, the heroine in this book derives her life experience through her deep-rooted ancestral spiritual background and she celebrates with dance, songs and by loving nature to please her goddess in an ancient way even though her primary religion is Christianity.

In my book “In pursuit of love, spirituality and happiness” Jonathan draws inspiration from Buddhism. Oliana loves to dance to please her Volcano Goddess Pele and pursue happiness in nature though her primary religion is Christianity. Jonathan’s Christian friend OC seeks comfort in Hinduism.

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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite (Five Stars)
Gita Audhya’s In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality and Happiness unravels as Jonathan Foster lands in Oahu, Hawaii on a much needed holiday. The son of a very successful businessman from Texas, he has a privileged life and is now working in the family business. His father is a very busy man and his socialite mother keeps herself occupied with her numerous charities. Jonathan and his estranged brother, Jason, are groomed to marry daughters of prominent personalities and are supposed to continue the family legacy. But while in Hawaii, Jonathan meets Oliana Pau, a young, beautiful, full blooded Hawaiian who sweeps him off his feet. Trouble is also looming in the family business where his father is believed to embark on nefarious deals to earn more money and keep his numerous businesses running.

In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality and Happiness is a story that is all too familiar in today’s money-ridden world. And as we follow Jonathan in his quest to find real happiness in life, we will surely find out that there are things more important than money and fame. This is sadly easier said than done. The beautiful Oliana, with her strong Hawaiian heritage, comes from a different world inhabited by the Fosters of the world, and this provides a stark contrast in the novel. Another interesting character in the story is half Indian OC, Jonathan’s best friend, whose journey back to India gives us a taste of spirituality that is more often than not lacking in our lives. And in the midst of this is Jonathan’s struggle to find what is missing in his life and it is certainly more important than anything that money can buy. Gita Audhya’s book is definitely an inspiring read!

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Xlibris.com: Review – this journey in pursuit of love, spirituality and happiness to find who we are and who we are supposed to be. Do you think Oliana and Jonathan will return back to Hawaii where they first fell in love?

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