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The hours that I spent reading the novel have turned to images in my memory that will last a lifetime.
Brennart‘s greatest gift to the novel is his ability to deeply and deftly describe the places and people so that we are transported to that time and local. We feel her sadness, we celebrate her joy and fulfillment. We won‘t forget her. You can‘t ask for more than that in a novel. #daughterofmolokai
Daughter of Molokai is rich in historical detail, with the leper colony on Molokai, World War II, Japanese internment camps, and racial discrimination, they are all backdrops which this novel is written. The characters are beautifully drawn, the emotions are deeply felt, and the story of love, honor and respect is very uplifting. I loved everything about this book, I highly recommended reading this beautiful story.
I really got into this story. It tells the story of Ruth, who was sent to an orphanage as an infant, who grow up with a Japanese family during world war II. Throughout her life Ruth has to figure out what it means to be hapa. Sometimes it was a little dry but overall I enjoyed it.
Between a pick and a so-so for me. I definitely prefer Moloka'i. It was more well-paced. That said, it's still a great sequel, well-researched and in my opinion, can be read as a stand-alone.
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Thank you #Netgalley and #StMartinsPress for a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I liked the exposure to Japanese culture, Hawaiian culture, leprosy, family, and Japanese internment camps of the story. I didn‘t like the dialogue between the characters throughout most of the book- it just felt overly perfect. Strong 3 stars or a weak 4 star book- liked it but didn‘t love it.
I read Moloka‘i a few years ago and loved it. The story stayed with me...So when Alan Brennert came out with this next read—I couldn‘t wait. From the very first paragraph, I was glued to my seat.
Trying to make this delicious read last as long as possible by only allowing myself to read while waiting 📖 at the bus stop... 🚌
Compelling and sad historical fiction. Telling the story of Rachel‘s daughter, Ruth, this is a companion novel to Moloka‘i and while it was a good, emotional read, I didn‘t connect as well with the characters. Daughter of Moloka‘i stands up on its own, so you don‘t need to have read Moloka‘i to understand and appreciate this. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
I adored Moloka‘i, so I wanted to love this just as much. But it just didn‘t have the same magic. Still, it‘s a pick because Brennert does a great job of portraying the Japanese-American experience in the 1940s. I learned a lot, but also felt lectured to, as the author piled historical and cultural info on top of the story. Weak pick or strong so-so.
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I‘m super happy to have an ARC for this. I just finished the first book, and am thrilled to dive right into this one. 🌸🌸
This is a historical fiction saga filled with both warming moments as well as heartbreaking ones. Great attention was given to accurately portray the Japanese culture & I just loved Ruth‘s adoptive family. Their time together was moving, complex, & loving. I came to adore every character. Overall, this is a touching coming of age story that is both poignant & meaningful. Full review at www.thegenreminx.com #bookreviewer #TheGenreMinxBookReviews
Q. 28: Will you swear unqualified allegiance to the USA…& forswear any form of allegiance or obedience to the Japanese emperor, or other foreign government, power, or organization?
“We Japanese value fidelity and honor above all. If I reject allegiance to Japan, I will become a man without a country, & possibly a traitor to be executed. If I reject allegiance to America, I will either be segregated or deported. The second choice seems less fatal.”
About my home: "Outside the train window a landscape grander than he expected was rolling past. The Southern Pacific Railroad cut through the plains south of Sacramento like stitches through a floral quilt; on either side of the train were fields embroidered with pink, yellow, blue, & violet wildflowers, fertile vineyards bursting with fruit, & acre upon acre of strawberry plants, their green bouquets extending in long rows to the horizon."???
I made it a 3rd of the way through and stopped. I didn‘t care for the pacing. The character development wasnt bad but the world building was. I also felt like this didnt need to be connected to Moloka‘i at all. This could have just been the story of a hapa (half hawaiian, half japansese) person and left if at that. I also thought this is a story that needs to be written...
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Started reading this today. I‘m in two minds about it. I liked Moloka‘i even though I read it forever ago. This one is set on Oahu right now and it‘s the story of a young girl born to parents who had leprosy. She was brought to an orphanage when she showed no signs of leprosy for a year. It‘s not that interesting yet...
I really liked this, though I have to admit, I wasn‘t as interested later on in the book when Rachel came back into the picture. Maybe that would have been different if it hadn‘t been so long since I‘d read the first book, I‘m not sure. It was interesting learning about the Japanese culture, as Ruth learned, and later there was some about the Hawaiian culture, as well. Cont in comments...