Kite Strings of the Southern Cross is the big-hearted, sensual, vibrant and extraordinarily compelling true travel diary of a Canadian woman in Fiji. The writing is breathtaking and skilled. The places she takes the reader are places the reader wants to remain long after the book is put down. Gough's book is set mainly on a remote south pacific island where Gough lived and taught school. Within the Fiji journal itself are ten short stories based on her travels around the world. The early stories are light-hearted and extremely funny, as are the first few journal chapters of Fiji, but as her stay in Fiji intensifies, the short stories begin to take on weight and reveal the darker sides of the human spirit. Some are set in Morocco, Malaysia, Bali, Hawaii, New Zealand, Italy and North America. The story of the author's hilarious motorcycle escapade from California to eastern Canada with Chester McQuiggle is alone worth the price of the book. This exceptional new talent should be read, and read widely, for within her writing we find secrets loaded with stars. When this book came out in Canada last year, under the title of "Island of the Human Heart", it was an immediate sensation. Soon to be published in the US with a new title and a bigger publisher, Americans will now have the chance to be taken on the travel odyssey of their lives.