** spoiler alert ** There's a deeper meaning to this book and my review probably only touching the surface. I enjoyed reading this book although it's quiet different from my usual genre. I'm not sure what genre this book would fall into. But since this is a story about falling in love and learning to let go, I would categorized it as a inspirational or spiritual romance. A divorced woman moves to Kaua'i and after some unsuccessful online dating, she meets Zen. He goes by his made up name, but they quickly start to date and fall in love. They go places and do random things, he makes her laugh and they do this and that and everything seems just peachy.
He's not a typical hero, but rather some strange kind of guy I couldn't figure out Somehow he makes money but won't say how. He lives on a shoestring budget, but he's OK with it. He travels a lot and only eats "raw food" - meaning nothing that requires cooking, baking, or processing. He mediates on everything, can't make a simple decision on the spur of the moment. He does some exercises because he's convinced it will make him "look younger".
We learn almost everything about the heroine except her name, what she looks like or her age. She has a grown up son, so I'm guessing middle aged? In the entire book of 220+ pages not once was her name mentioned. This I believe was done intentionally. He would say something like "hey" or "listen" but never called her by her name. He also seem to suffer from periods of deep depression that are not explained why. He mentions some abuse, but it was brushed off.
So the book ends with her eventually coming out on the other side of her spiritual journey as accepting that her love for Zen will only remain as friendship. That he really doesn't belong to anyone and she (kind of) learned to let go. She seems to know what she must do, yet can't bring herself to do it. He was the kind of guy that got under her skin and she loved him deeply. And I'm sure we all met that one person we know it's a bad apple yet we could't let go. But in a way he was good her in one aspect. He taught her how to survive with very little she's still hung up on Zen even when "guided" to confront him about her feelings for him, she can't bring herself to do so