#Review “Fishing for Māui” by Isa Pearl Ritchie

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4/5 Stars!

Set in New Zealand, Fishing for Maui is a story which would resonate with any reader.

It’s multiple POVs crosses generations and gives an in-depth look at what holds a family together—and how uniquely different they all are.

It’s easy to forget this is a work of fiction as the themes dealt with could be found on any news site or blog—which are also covered.

Fishing for Maui is a challenging read without being preachy or judgmental.

Any mother could relate to Valerie’s trials. She’s a physician being challenged by her daughter. But it’s not about makeup, boys or wardrobe—the big three—but homeopathy. Remember, Valerie’s a doctor. *Initiate meltdown* Rosa just wants to be a kid and not always have to contend with the matrix of school or hierarchy of family, and Michael wants to find out who he is again by reconnecting with his Maori roots.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Fishing for Maui reminded me of holidays celebrated during my childhood. Long before there were mad dashes for Black Friday shopping, there was just family, a long holiday weekend… and food. The food may have evolved for healthier, more nutritious versions (except for the lemon pound cake and homemade French vanilla ice cream which are still heart attacks in the making), but there’s still always lots of food.

November would be a great time to sit down with this read. Even if you’re non-U.S., Fishing for Maui will still give you pause, and remind you of what’s important.



FFM coverA novel about food, whānau, and mental illness.

​Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep – just to take her mind off worries over her patients, her children, their father and the next family dinner. Elena is so obsessed with health, traditional food, her pregnancy and her blog she doesn’t notice that her partner, Malcolm the ethicist, is getting himself into a moral dilemma of his own making. Evie wants to save the world one chicken at a time. Meanwhile her boyfriend, Michael is on a quest to reconnect with his Māori heritage and discover his own identity. Rosa is eight years old and lost in her own fantasy world, but she’s the only one who can tell something’s not right. Crisis has the power to bring this family together, but will it be too late?

​”An accomplished story of a family in crisis – Ritchie’s great skill is her ability to conjure the inner lives if her characters. Fishing For Māui is a compassionate meditation on what it means to be well“. – Sarah Jane Barnett


Purchase Links

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DZBXSCN/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DZBXSCN/

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/826608



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