Happy Book Birthday to Daughter of Moloka’i!
I straight up ugly cried on a plane a few years ago when I read the first book in this series, Moloka’i. So when I saw the advanced reader’s copy for this upcoming book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I dove into this book looking for the same emotions I found in the last book I read from him. While at first the novel felt more distant, I was not disappointed for long.
Daughter of Moloka’i follows Ruth, the daughter of the two main characters from Moloka’i, as she makes her way in the world. She is Japanese American, so her story unfolds in new ways lending new depth that makes this sequel stand out. She is caught up in the war and travels to a Japanese internment camp during WWII with her family, where she and her family learn a new way of life. This book focuses on the family as a whole, which was an interesting perspective for me. Each member has their own motivations and desires, so reading this book felt like a very wholesome perspective.
Ruth and her family face hardships I can only imagine, but deeply empathize with. She handles things with grace, in the best way she knows how. Brennert’s story is truly about family, about how we treat each other, mistakes we’ve made, and ways we support each other. There’s a lot to learn in these pages. I love a good family drama, so this story felt cozy and educative for me. However, the pacing of this book felt slow and a bit more distant in writing style than I remember when reading Moloka’i, although that may be due more to the timing of me reading this book in relation to all the other books I’m reading. I’ve been searching for faster paced more emotional reads to keep me going as I’m settling into winter season.
Overall, I would recommend this book as a follow up read to Moloka’i, as there are a whole new set of characters and historical issues to uncover and explore.
Here’s a link for the review I wrote years ago for Moloka’i.
I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.