Review ~ Honolulu by Alan Brennert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have to say this is the best book I’ve read this year and the second best book I’ve ever read.
I love historicals with rich views on other countries and cultures. I also love books about family. But this book was so much more. This was a book about a strong woman, who despite every single obstacle she was faced with, rose above. And it’s important to know that not only did she continue but she accomplished so much more than anyone could have ever imagined. Her road was difficult and filled with so many twists and turns, rights and wrongs, and happy and sad moments.
The author had a wide group of side characters that quickly became very important. He brought them all alive and gave them strong roles in the story. He was able to bring out so much emotion in me that I hadn’t sobbed or laughed this much since I read The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adrianna Trigiani.
Not only did the author succeed in throwing us into the lives of these characters, but he took us on a tour of Korea and Oahu. One of my most favorite places in the world is the beautiful island of Oahu. And I enjoyed “seeing” this island in a different time and how it was before I got to visit it. His descriptions were vivid and amazing and made me feel that I was there seeing it with my own eyes.
This is one of those books that will “stick” with me forever and I recommend this for anyone that wants to be a part of a rich vivid tale of a strong woman.