– RED SKY OVER HAWAII by @saraackermanbooks
Genre: Historical Fiction
Immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Japanese, German, and Italian families living in the U.S. were rounded up and held under suspicion of spying for the enemy. After Lana’s father’s neighbors in Hilo, Hawaii are taken into custody, she cares for their daughters, 13 year old Marie and 8 year old Coco. Already reeling from the recent loss of her father, Jack, and unable to have children of her own, Lana flees with her newly created ‘ohana (family) to her father’s hideaway house in Volcano. When will the girls’ parents be freed, and how will they survive in the mean time? “There might be a war going on, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop living.” I love stories about friends who are like family, and this was no exception. I felt much awe and respect for Lana as she immediately stepped in to protect and care for the girls (and their Great Dane, Sailor, and two Nēnē Geese), especially since she had just met them. “What matters most is what lives in your heart.” The descriptions of Hawaii were stunning, and I loved “revisiting” the places we toured four years ago during our first trip to Hawaii. I loved learning more about Hawaii’s rich history and a little bit about Hawaiian legends, gods, and the hint of magic surrounding them. We definitely felt the magic while there, and I felt it again while reading this book.
Lastly, if you enjoyed this story and want a more in-depth look at the prison camps, then I would highly recommend Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (4 stars) by Jamie Ford. Red Sky is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I look forward to more!
Location: Hilo and Volcano, Hawaii
I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.