Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman

Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers

When her husband mysteriously disappears and rumors swirl about his loyalties, a mother must rely on the remarkable power of friendship in war-torn HawaiiIt’s 1944, combat in the Pacific is intensifying, and Violet Iverson and her daughter, Ella, are piecing their lives back together one year after her husband vanished. As suspicions about his loyalties surface, Violet suspects Ella knows something. But Ella refuses to talk. Something—or some...

Details Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers

TitleIsland of Sweet Pies and Soldiers
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherMira Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Adult

Reviews Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers

  • Malia Kresser
    I love this book! Set amongst the colorful landscape of Hawaii and it’s diverse racial makeup after the bombing of Pearl harbor during WWII. The characters and story drew me in as though I were a part of it all. I am a huge fan of historical fiction and this ranks tops on my list~ think Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society set on a tropical isle. The alternating narrative of showing the war and racism through 10 year old Ella’s eyes ...
  • Lilly Barels
    I won Ackerman's novel in a giveaway and I feel incredibly fortunate to land such a gorgeous read. I'm still thinking about the beautiful language and sentences that remind me of Barbara Kingsolver and Sue Monk Kidd. I was fully invested in the characters, especially the dynamic mother/daughter relationship between Violet and Ella. The historical fiction genre is one of my favorites and Ackerman writes wartime Hawaii with detail and ease. It is a...
  • Sierra
    Absolutely stunning! The vivid description of life in Hawaii during WWII made me feel like I was there. Secondary to the plot, the scene creation and immersion were some of the best I've ever read. The plot itself was wonderfully paced, with some parts fast moving and some parts slow, fitting a natural progression of events. The slow anguish of a missing, beloved husband against the bluster of a company of marines who one day swarm the island and...
  • Amanda-Has-A-Bookcase
    Sara Ackerman's Island Of Sweet Pies And Soldiers hits all the marks. Historical Fiction with a dash of Romance & Suspense all mixed together and served up like a Sweet Pie! Set during WWII and Hawaii used as the backdrop we see Violet, her daughter Ella & friends struggling to make life work with husbands gone & a war raging on. With tones of racial divide and a mystery surrounding Violet's husband I was fully invested in this story. It had a lo...
  • Todd Clark
    An overall great read. Not my usual kind of book, but I had a hard time putting it down. It seemed to have it all - setting, story, and that page-turning quality I need for a book to keep my attention. I'm also all about learning new things and I had no idea about Camp Tarawa and how and where our soldiers trained before the battle of Iwo Jima. Ackerman does a fine job of making us feel like we are right there, standing in the streets of Honoka'a...
  • Elena Mikalsen
    From the first page, I was lost in the beautifully-painted Hawaii. The historical atmosphere and the women portrayed by the author stayed with me well after I finished the book. The author’s writing style is wonderfully lyrical, transforming you easily into the mind of a child, a mother, a soldier, a teacher, a person of a Japanese descent. What a lovely historical read!
  • Diana
    Set against the lush Hawaiian landscape Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers is a nostalgic World War II-era story that will elicit desires to sing show tunes from South Pacific.At times tender and quirky, I found myself attached to Violet and Ella. In Violet, I felt for the single mother trying to hold herself together, after the disappearance of her husband, the attack on her island and the fact that her daughter is suffering from PTSD. With ever...
  • nikkia neil
    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC.A book that will leave a big impression and can be shared with everyone you know. Deals with war, racism, murder, love, friendship, and what makes a home.
  • Pam
    Great Book,
  • M.
    Good mystery and a great setting.
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - Hawaii, 1944. The Pacific battles of World War II continue to threaten American soil, and on the home front, the bonds of friendship and the strength of love are tested.Violet Iverson and her young daughter, Ella, are piecing their lives together one year after the disappearance of her husband. As rumors swirl and questions...
  • Ellen
    This is a must read, with the setting Hawaii after Pearl Harbor. I was drawn to the characters and the story, feeling like I was living in Hawaii of the 1940’s, and as applicable today as neighbors turned on their Japanese neighbors. Violet and her daughter Ella felt comfortable and close to their Japanese friends, defending them as people not as the enemy, despite the war with the Japanese. Ella has a secret she is keeping, and Violet is sure ...
  • Linda
    Hawaii, 1944: Marines come to Hawaii for training, and one is the brother of Jean, a local teacher, who lives with fellow teacher Violet and Violet’s daughter, Ella. Her brother and his friends visit often with their mascot, Roscoe, trying to cheer up Ella, who has become withdrawn since her father vanished without a trace a year ago. Life on the home front is as challenging in Hawaii as it is all over, especially for the large Japanese populat...
  • Basic B's Guide
    “But not everything is bad. We made pies, we made friends. We fell in love. I just hope it ends well.”A beautifully vivid WW2 novel set in Hawaii. I found myself deeply immersed in the landscape and story. This is truly a unique perspective on WW2 and I’ve read my fair share of historical fiction novels set during this time.I really enjoyed the alternating narrative from Violet and Ella. The author has a wonderful way of connecting you with...
  • Jan
    I was glad to find I had won a book through Goodreads, but didn't expect much. I've read many books set in WWII period, some better than others. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was very well-written and moved right along. The setting was one of the Hawaiian islands with the main characters the 'locals'. I did not realize so many of the population were Japanese, which I am sure did lead to conflicting views, when longtime neighbors an...
  • Laurie
    A touch of romance and mystery make this novel about WWII Hawaii even more intriguing than the setting. *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Robin
    When I saw this book offered as a digital review copy (DRC) offered on Edelweiss, I was intrigued: a WWII historical fiction title set in the Hawaiian islands just after Pearl Harbor. Wow. What an interesting premise and a point of view that I had never seen before. This is a romance but the historical setting amplifies the conflict and keeps the focus firmly in place. This is a must read for those who like WWII historical fiction!
  • Emily Strelow
    Lions and Soldiers and Secrets, oh my! This historical fiction about WWII Hawaii has it all. The details of setting, character and history are so well-drawn through delicious prose that you will feel as though you lived through the tension on The Big Island in the months following Pearl Harbor, but before Iwo-Jima. Hawaii is still a territory and not a state yet in 1944, and through deft storytelling you can feel that sense of isolation in a wart...
  • Gaele
    Vividly descriptive and evocative of life and the challenges presented in wartime: Violet and Ella Iverson are existing day to day with grief and fear as constant companions. A year from her husband’s disappearance, questions are many yet answers few. The lush landscapes, omnipresent heat and frequent rain, fears of invasion and the sudden transformation of friends and neighbors to a nebulous and feared “them”, the multiple layers of questi...
  • Leslie Lindsay
    Wartime novel set among the lush landscape of Hawaii about friendship, loyalties, and love. I fell right into the folds of this novel, as the glittering paradise of Hawaii came to life with Ackerman's detail and ease. It's 1944 and Violet and her daughter, 10-year old Ella are piecing their lives back together after her husband and high school principal, Herman goes missing. It's been a year and still no final word on Herman's fate. Suspicions an...
  • Diane Ferbrache
    A sweet, touching and compelling mystery/historical fiction novel about life on the "Big Island" of Hawaii in 1944. After Pearl Harbor, much changed about life in the idyllic village. This is the story of 3 women and a girl, a missing father, and the soldiers who are now occupying the island. I have read many books about WWII, but I think this is the first about life in Hawaii. Although the main story is about the relationships among the women, t...
  • The Library Lady
    I love books about Hawaii, I love books set during WWII, but there were things here that bugged me. Little things like the chocolate pies. I know that there has been production of chocolate in Hawaii, but I've done research (hey, I'm a librarian), and there wasn't a great big chocolate industry in Hawaii in the period, and I'm sure chocolate went mostly to the soldiers. There really was a lion mascot, but I doubt if he formed a mythical friendshi...
  • Caryn
    Review to come
  • Linda
    This was a perfect book to read after a recent trip to Hawaii. Set in WWII on the big island of Hawaii it tells the story of Violet who is perhaps a widow, and her daughter Ella. Set in the fall of 1944, Violet teaches at a local school where her husband Herman used to be the principal. A year before her husband was out one day and didn't return home and the mystery of his disappearance has affected Violet and Ella immensely. As time passes Viole...
  • Amie Wilson
    The book was slow to start & I had a little bit of trouble getting into it. However, once the story gained momentum I didn't want to stop reading. The setting on the big island of Hawaii during World War II shed light on the particular problems citizens of Hawaii had during the war- real threat of physical attack that mainlanders were mostly spared, and the problem of what to do about the Japanese community members that were so interwoven into th...
  • Rebecca
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, via Goodreads First Reads, in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 Stars.This novel of the story of a mother and daughter living in Hawaii during the height of World War II really should be read on a beach. The sun-soaked tropical setting was almost magical. I could almost see exotic flowers in bloom as the action took place. The characters and plot were a bit underwhelming. It seemed like the...
  • Tina Milledge
    DNF. I usually enjoy novels set during WW2 but have never read one based outside of Europe or the Far East and was keen to do so, plus the cover looked appealing. For some reason I can’t quite put my finger on why, I could not connect with this story, possibly it was down to the narration. I just wasn’t hooked. I persevered to a third through to give it a fair chance but I just wasn’t lapping it up. I didn’t connect with nor feel any emot...
  • Siobhan
    I really enjoyed this WWII historical fiction story! The setting for WWII was different than most European-based WWII stories I’ve read. I loved how it was set in Hawaii and the descriptions made me want to jump on a plane and go. The story’s viewpoints switched between Ella and her mother, Violet and there was the mystery of what happened to Ella’s father and Violet’s husband, Herman, who is missing from the beginning of the book. This a...
  • Kristen Beverly
    I’ve read a lot of World War II fiction over the last few years and I feel like this one fills a unique spot. The setting in Hawaii is really refreshing and gives it a different look. Also interesting to get the point of view of those who were friends with the Japanese Americans and what they went through during that time. Also really enjoyed the mystery aspect. All in all a really well rounded story.
  • Lisa Lessing
    I loved this book! I love historical fiction! This book is well researched and I loved the suspense!