HONOLULU is wonderful historical fiction set during the first half of the 20th century. With strong female characters, author Alan Brennert skillfully weaves real persons and events into the storyline. The reader will gain new appreciation for the peoples and forces that helped shape present-day Hawaii. Issues of race and immigration are proven to be as contentious then as they are now. I highly recommend this book if you’re planning a trip to the Islands - it greatly enhanced my recent visit - or are just looking for an easy, summer read. A good choice for book groups, as well.
I loved this book as much as I loved Brennert's Molika'i. His ability to capture the experiences of many Honolulu,s early residents through the eyes of one Korean picture bride shows his skill as a writer.
Loved this book - learned about some of the history of Hawaii.
This historical fiction highlights personal struggle and the friendship of women woven within the fascinating past of beautiful Hawaii.
An easy read, always recommended for those seeking just a good story and a great pick for book clubs
Good story about a Korean woman's
life after becoming a picture bride for a man in Hawaii. Read in Bethany.
Excellent book. Well written & researched. Reminds me of a couple of sections of Hawaii by James Michener - Another excellent book.
Mollokai' i by Brennert is also very good but the saddest I have ever read. A real tear-jerker which, in my experience, is unusual in a book. Keep a box of tissues beside you.
A well-crafted story that reveals the imperfections of paradise; a superb springboard for further investigation of the island's history.
A wonderful story of struggle and love
I enjoyed this book very much. It enlightened me as to the history of this beautiful city in our 50th state.
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