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historical fiction is my (surprising) jam | Daughter of Moloka’i Review

If you’d asked me a few months ago if I liked historical fiction, I think I would have said no. Fast forward to The Great Alone, Lilac Girls, Where the Crawdads Sing, American Princess, to name a few, and I think it’s safe to say I like historical fiction.

I recently had the chance to read the follow-up story to Moloka’i by Alan Brennert, called Daughter of Moloka’i. If you haven’t gotten to read Moloka’i yet, I’ll stop you now and suggest grabbing a copy to savor before you read my review (or the sequel)! Daughter of Moloka’i is out 2/19/19.

Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert book reviewa | www.deniseadelek.com I can’t imagine a better ending to the beautiful saga of Rachel Kalama and her life after leaving Moloka’i. Rachel is forced to give up her daughter shortly after she is born, due to the contagious nature of leprosy and the lack of knowledge surrounding how the disease is spread.

Her daughter, Ruth, is brought up in an orphanage until she is 5 years old. Ruth longs for a home, but is constantly stuck between two worlds- being Japanese and being Hawaiian. She is finally adopted by a loving, Japanese family with two sons, and they begin a new life together in California. Life is not always perfect for Ruth and her new family. Shortly after arriving in California, the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and Japanese-Americans are rounded up and sent to internment camps.

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My uncle is a third generation Japanese-American, and his parents were forced into an internment camp similar to the one Ruth and her family lived in. This story brought to life the struggle that my uncle’s family had to endure, and is an important lesson to those who were unfamiliar with this horrible scar on our nation’s history.

In a devastatingly beautiful story, we learn more about Ruth and her family’s life interned, as well as the road that eventually brings her back to

Rachel. I cannot put into words just how much I loved this book.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the exciting opportunity to read this highly anticipated read early!


Have you read Moloka’i? Are you an unwitting lover of historical fiction like me? Let me know in the comments below!

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Just how much I’m loving the Book of the Month Club

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I’ve always been a voracious reader, and as my free time gets more and more scarce, I’m finding that I’m drawn to reading even more. I’d gladly fall behind on any tv show in favor of sticking my nose in a good book! When I saw the Book of the Month club on Instagram, I signed up without giving it a second thought.

I’ve impulse tried a few other subscription boxes in the last year- Ipsy (meh) and Boxy Charm (YES!), so of course a book subscription box would really round out my mailbox.

I was prompted to narrow my choices down to a few genres, and from there I was given the choice of five books for the month: Red Clocks, The Woman in the Window, The Music Shop, Two Girls Down, and As Bright As Heaven. This was a serious conundrum for me, because all five books sounded right up my alley! I have a hard time making decisions when faced with too many- just ask my sweet girlfriends who went bridesmaid dress shopping for my wedding and were probably ready to call it quits after my 900th indecisive moment.

I ended up snagging Two Girls Down and The Woman in the Window from month #1 (because two is always better than one, right?). I devoured Two Girls Down on my flight to New Orleans, and can’t wait to pick up The Woman in the Window. I’ve read a lot of suspenseful, psychological fiction lately, but Two Girls Down really felt original and kept a fast-pace the whole time. I really liked the characters, although a lot of them had similar names that kept me flipping a few pages back.

I’ve raved about the Book of the Month Club to a few friends and coworkers, and everyone seems to agree that books getting sent right to your house is a great way to 1. read more 2. stay accountable and 3. look forward to mail! Reading 12 books in a year?

Want to try it out? You can get your first month free if you use this link. If you have a hard time narrowing down your month, you can add a second book each month for only $9.99. What a deal! I’m in the middle of The Woman in the Window right now, and I stayed up way past my bedtime reading it last night.

Check it out and let me know what you think you’d choose? What are some other great titles you’ve read lately or are looking forward to?then she was gone | book of the month club | www.deniseadelek.wordpress.com