Review ~ Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mr. Brennert did not disappoint with this book. After reading his book, Honolulu and falling in love with his story telling, I had to read this book. I must say that it is one of the most depressing books I have ever read. BUT it was also one of the most captivating and I did find myself laughing often as well.
The book set in the time of the late 19th century and 20th century is about leprosy. His fictional character, Rachel just captured me from word one and we get to see her all through her life as a leper. She was taken away from her family and sent to Moloka’i with so many struggles and losses that it’s amazing she even survived. Mr. Brennert created such a strong woman and with so many opportunities and reasons to give up, she never did. She appreciated the good in her life and used that to go on. There were also so many other incredible characters that became such a wonderful part of Rachel’s life and I loved them all.
I have to tell you that I cried, I mean literally bawled my eyes out during 99% of the book. Some were happy tears, but I have to say that most were sad tears. So, if you need a good cry, read this book. Even if you don’t and you are brave enough to endure the pain of Rachel, I insist you read this story. My love of historical novels and Hawaii in general truly made this book an enjoyable and interesting history lesson.
Mr. Brennert truly has a way with story telling and the way he weaves his words. He deserves everyone of those 5 stars. This was an amazing read and I recommend it highly!