Daughter of Moloka'i (Moloka'i, #2) by Alan Brennert

Daughter of Moloka'i (Moloka'i, #2)

This companion tale to Moloka'i tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth.The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi'olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation...

Details Daughter of Moloka'i (Moloka'i, #2)

TitleDaughter of Moloka'i (Moloka'i, #2)
Release DateFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Daughter of Moloka'i (Moloka'i, #2)

  • Elyse Walters
    Update: $1.99 kindle special today! It’s a great follow up to Molokai! I read the novel “Moloka’i”, when it first came out in 2004, before I joined Goodreads. It’s incredibly special to me! It was my ‘gift-of- choice’- many times! Instead of a bottle of wine when invited to friends homes for dinner - I brought Moloka’i, as a gift for the hostess. So, given that Moloka’i is one of my favorite ‘special’ heartfelt books ....whe...
  • Julie
    Daughter of Moloka'I by Alan Brennert is a 2019 St. Martin’s Press publication. Vivid and poignant, very effective and emotional! It took me a long time to get around to reading Moloka’i, and I deeply regretted putting it off for so long. However, on the positive side, having read it so close to the publication date of this long anticipated follow up, all the details were still very fresh in my mind. Remembering the many reasons why Ruth was ...
  • megs_bookrack
    One moment please, while I put the pieces of my shattered heart back together...Daughter of Moloka'i is a follow-up novel to Brennert's 2004, Book Club sensation, Moloka'i. This is a sequel I never knew I needed, until I had it in my hands. After reading, I cannot imagine not knowing the conclusion to Rachel's story.This book. I have never cried so much while reading a book.Ever.It never let up. That may sound like a negative, but it was actually...
  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***I had been anxious to read this novel since Molokai was one of my all time favorite books. I think the descriptive writing in this book is just as wonderful as in his previous novels. First the descriptions of Hawaii were breathtaking and it was hard to believe that anyone would want to leave there. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The story really starts when Ruth a little girl of 8, is living in an orphanage on the islands ...
  • James
    Around ten years ago, someone in my book club selected Moloka'i as our monthly read. I wasn't sure I'd like the book as I knew very little about Hawaii or leprosy, but it was a chance to learn. By the end of the novel, I was in tears and had scheduled a trip to visit the islands. It was a major hit at our book club meeting and I fondly recalled the book for several years. Last month, I was searching NetGalley to see what was newly released when t...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    I don’t think I could anticipate a book more than Daughter of Moloka’i! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The sequel to Moloka’i, it tells Ruth’s story. Ruth is the daughter of Rachel Kalama, quarantined at the leprosy settlement. Rachel was forced to give Ruth away at her birth. Ruth arrives at the Kapi’olani Home for Girls in Honolulu where her journey in this book begins. It later follows her adoption by a Japanese couple who take ...
    3.5 Stars rounded up to 4.This book would have never crossed my radar if I hadn't gotten an email from the publisher inviting me to read it. The subject matter didn't particularly lure me in, but the fact that this was a follow-up to a beloved bestseller from years ago intrigued me. It prompted me to pick up the original book "Moloka'i" when I noticed it on a kindle sale. If I was going to read the follow-up, I wanted to experience the original. ...
  • Cheri
    4.5 StarsAs this story begins, we are taken to the Kapi’olani Home for Girls, a home to some fifty-eight girls from the youngest who were not quite yet two years old, to the oldest at twenty-one. With the night nurse sick, Louisa is covering her shift, and as much as she’s appreciating the beauty wrought by Nature’s storm outside, she is sensitive to the younger ones fears of the noise of the storm. It is on this night that another sister a...
  • Marialyce
    There are some books and authors you connect with and then there are others that try as you might, just don't bring that connection to fruition.I know that there are many wonderful reviews of this book, and I surely understand the accolades and the four and five star ratings. As I look back at my reading of Mr Brennert's first book, I see that I also did not rate it more than a three. So perhaps, this author and I just don't make that connection ...
  • Jenny
    Daughter of Moloka’i is the sequel to Alan Brennart’s novel, Molaka’i. Sequels are a unique writing genre; highly anticipated, highly scrutinized and highly debated. There are few novels and their sequels that achieve equally plaudits.Knowing this, I felt a sense of trepidation when I began reading Daughter of Molaka’i. Within a few pages, the trepidation was gone. The hours that I spent reading the novel have turned to images in my memor...
  • Bkwmlee
    4.5 stars rounded up to 5Having read Alan Brennert’s masterpiece Moloka’i (published back in 2004) for the first time just last month – a book whose story and characters I fell head over heels in love with – I went into the sequel Daughter of Moloka’i with extremely high anticipation. I knew that this second book would be about Ruth – the daughter that Rachel had been forced to give up in the original story – and also that i...
  • Lisa Vegan
    I am so angry. I posted a review on 7/6 of the only text edition here, ISBN: 7=978-250-13766-1. The edition and my likes and at least 17 comments are gone, missing. I read a paperback advance readers' edition. Re-posting on 7/7:I’m deeply grateful to Danielle Prielipp from the book’s publisher, St. Martin’s Press, for contacting me and offering me this advance readers’ copy in exchange for an honest review. The book is not due to be on sa...
  • Kat
    Alan Brennert books are always beautifully written literary journeys that cover heartbreaking subject matter. I devoured his Honolulu and Molokai and here, we see what happened to the baby Rachel was forced to give up because of leprosy and rules imposed in Hawaii to spread the control of the disease at the turn of the 20th century. In this sequel, we follow Rachel’s daughter Ruth from her time in an orphanage to her adoption by Japanese parent...
  • Wendy
    I read and re-read Moloka'i, by Alan Brennert, for book club and was thrilled when our members felt the same way about the story as I did. I have yet to come across an author who not only writes heart breaking yet heart warming stories but also the wonderfully artistic way he depicts the beauty that are his settings.Daughter of Moloka'i is the sequel to Moloka'i that tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama was forced to give up a...
  • marilyn
    This is Alan Brennert's sequel to his 2004 book Moloka'i. I've not read Moloka'i and it's not necessary to do so in order to read and enjoy Daughter of Moloka'i, but I'll be reading Moloka'i soon, as soon as my heart settles and absorbs what I read in this book. I knew some things about the internment of the Japanese or anyone with Japanese blood, on United States soil, during World War II, but I really didn't know what it was like or see the fac...
  • Jenny
    Daughter of Moloka’i is the sequel to Alan Brennart’s novel, Molaka’i. Sequels are a unique writing genre; highly anticipated, highly scrutinized and highly debated. There are few novels and their sequels that achieve equally plaudits.Knowing this, I felt a sense of trepidation when I began reading Daughter of Molaka’i. Within a few pages, the trepidation was gone. The hours that I spent reading the novel have turned to images in my memor...
  • Mackey
    Daughter of Moloka’i is the anticipated follow-up to Alan Brennert’s highly successful, book club favorite Moloka’i, the evocative story of Rachel, a woman with leprosy who is forced to surrender her child, Ruth, upon birth. This is Ruth’s story.Daughter of Moloka’i is told in three very distinct parts: Ruth’s life after she is removed from the leper colony, adopted and her subsequent move to the states; her time spent in an internmen...
  • Dawn Michelle
    I do realize that my opinion and review is totally outlier. I totally respect all the 4 and 5 star reviews that are out there, but that was not my experience with this book and I cannot, in good faith, write a review that matches the masses when that is not my experience. I L O V E D Moloka'i. Loved it. What a beautiful, lush, amazing book. I was completely captivated from the first page and while I have loved Hawaii for years [my grandparent's t...
  • Guy Aoki
    I worked with the author on verifying historical facts, linguistic and cultural terms, so I read the advance original manuscript. i was knocked out by Alan's gift--how he makes you feel the essence of every character and puts you in their shoes. This sweeping epic covers 54 years from 1916 to 1970 and takes you from Honolulu to Northern California to the Japanese American concentration camps of World War II (where 120,000 loyal immigrants and cit...
  • Michelle
    Release date February 19th!On December 7, 1941 more than 2,000 Americans lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. In the days that followed, intolerance and prejudice would lead to the ouster and internment of over 100,000 Americans of Japanese heritage. Alan Brennert does such a fine job of bringing our buried history to light. Where Moloka'i focused on hysteria surrounding leprosy, this second installation bears witness to the Japanese internment camp...
  • Bam cooks the books ;-)
    *3-3.5 stars.The sequel to Moloka'i begins in 1917 with baby Ruth Utagawa being delivered to the Kapi'olani Home for Girls in O'ahu by Sister Catherine Voorheis. Ruth's parents are inmates at the leper colony in Kalaupapa and are not allowed by law to keep their baby. Ruth is part Hawaiian and part Japanese (hapa) and at age five, she comes to be adopted by a Japanese couple, the Watanabes. Taizo Watanabe is offered land to farm in California by ...
  • Susan Johnson
    What a magical, wonderful book that is my favorite so far this year. This is a beautifully written story with an interesting plot and captivating characters that wraps you in its arms from the beginning. It was so hard to put down. Ruth is born to parents with parents with leprosy living in the guarded community on Molokai in Hawaii. She is half Hawaiian and half Japanese. She is removed from them almost immediately so she doesn't catch the disea...
  • DeAnn
    **Happy publishing day to this one!5 teary stars to this one, Alan Brennert is a fantastic storyteller and has created memorable charactersThis book is a sequel to “Moloka’i” -- I read it in 2014 (loved it) and I was a bit worried that I’d forgotten too much from that book. Alan Brennert does an excellent job reminding viewers of key elements from that book in just the right places. The author is a fantastic storyteller and has created me...
  • Jaksen
    I won this book through the giveaway program. Thank you so much, Goodreads!A good enough read, though simply written. About a girl born to lepers and raised first by nuns, then a family in Hawaii. Eventually she comes to mainland US, gets caught up in an internment camp during WWII and yes, meets her birth mother. It's a looong tale but it never drew me in.I tend to read mysteries, books with puzzles in them, characters with great depth who say a...
  • Kristie
    I enjoyed this book, though I didn't love it as I did Moloka'i. It felt a little slow in the middle. Overall though, I thought it was a really good story and I'm glad I read it. Original review:I loved Moloka'i, but I was declined by NetGalley for this one and my library doesn't have it. I'll get to it eventually.Edit: My library ordered it and I'm the first hold! :) I enjoyed this book, though I didn't love it as I did Moloka'i. It felt a litt...
  • Lynn
    This is a sequel to Moloka’i, which was an extraordinary book. Although I enjoyed this book, for me it just didn’t live up to Moloka’i. It continues with the story of Ruth Kalama, Rachel Kalama’s daughter, who was taken from her at birth because of Rachel’s leprosy. Ruth is adopted after a few years and with her new family, relocates to Florin, CA. So her family can work on her uncle’s farm. Eventually WWII intrudes on their lives and...
  • Skip
    I liked the sequel to Brennert's Moloka'i better than the original. He develops great characters and does an admirable job describing the beauty of Hawaii, the daily grind of farmers or the specter of racism. This book was not as depressing as the original. It follows the story of Rachel's daughter, Ruth, who Rachel gives up so she can lead a "normal" life; however, in the Catholic orphanage she wonders why her mother did not want her and is teas...
  • Karen Macedo
    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.Thank you to St. Martins Press. I loved the first book Moloka'i and this did not disappoint. The story is about Rachel's daughter Ruth who she had to give up at birth because of the laws concerning anyone with leprosy who gave birth. Alan Brennert is truly a gifted writer.
  • Kim
    I didn't like this one as much as I did Moloka'i. It's still good though.
  • Stephanie Anze
    “She listened to a life's story that was, she discovered, richer than it was sad.” Ruth is a hapa: she is half Hawaiian and half Japanese. She lives in a orphanage in Honolulu unaware of why her parents gave her up. Due to her mixed heritage, its tough for her to be adopted until a Japanese couple comes along. Ruth finally has a family with whom she moves to California with a few years later. As Ruth establishes a life of her own, Pearl Harbo...