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From the bestselling author of the dazzling historical saga ("Washington Post") "Moloka'i" comes the irresistible story of a young immigrant bride in ... Show synopsis

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  • more to come Apr 17, 2014
    by Mary T G

    have not had the chance to read this yet but love the author

  • honolulu Aug 23, 2012
    by suanna h

    i bought this book as a gift for a friend who loved it.

  • 3.75 Stars May 2, 2009
    by pamela1717

    What a hard one to review! I say "hard" simply because I loved Moloka'i so much I figure that I would be unfairly comparing the two (which I probably did). This story was a little slower to get into and I later discovered this to be the pace throughout the novel, however, the story was a good one about an area of history of which I knew very little--picture brides. It has been a while since I've read Moloka'i so my memory may not be too clear but I found I appreciated the writing in Moloka'i so much more--the writing in this one felt much more...simple? and Brennert employed one of the techniques I dislike in books: a statement made at the end of each section/chapter that foreshadows the coming event. I don't know why this technique annoys me but it does and honestly, maybe he did this in Moloka'i and it just didn't bother me then.

    The main character was very likeable (albeit a little bit Mary Poppinsish for my taste) and I found that I really cared for the outcome of her story. I also appreciated the discoveries about Korean culture. I always enjoy a story about cultures.

    Brennert obviously has a great love for Hawaii and for its history, warts and all. I really appreciate the diversity of his Hawaiin stories and eagerly wait for another.(

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