Not since Moloka’i have I been transported to Hawaii through a book. The setting and descriptions were vivid and breathtaking. Never having been there myself, I imagined I was on the beach as I was reading. I loved the authentic language and settings and was definitely surprised by the amount of rain!
Sara Ackerman’s debut has something in it for everyone: a mystery, WWII history, romance, and unforgettable characters. Violet is a schoolteacher who is reeling at the disappearance of her husband, the school principal. Her daughter, Ella, hasn’t been the same since he’s been gone. When Violet’s roommate, Jean, finds out her brother Zach is training for a secret mission along with other Marines, the women learn that friendship will get them through this trying time together.
Even though this tale takes place during the 1940s, many of its themes still ring true today. Given the current events we’ve been faced with, I still need to hear “love is love,” and I was thrilled to come across it in the book. Bits of this story, especially Violet’s infatuation, reminded me of Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris. If you want an endearing story with a sprinkle of sugar, be sure to pick this book up.
I have to say one of my favorite characters was Roscoe. I’d really love to learn the true story behind his appearance that the author mentions in her note at the end. I promise you he is one surprise you’ve never come across before in fiction.
My thanks to the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Born and raised in Hawaii, Sara studied journalism and earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. When she’s not writing or practicing acupuncture, you’ll find her in the mountains or in the ocean.
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