This book pulled me into the story. I enjoyed reading more about the origins and beginnings of the place I would consider paradise. As all things in life, an ugly reality can almost always be found even in the most beautiful places. The heartbreak I felt over Jin’s young life in Korea and her strained familial relations, even though it was common in her culture. I didn’t expect the “picture brides” that met on the boat traveling to Hawaii to continue their relationships and yet, they became life long friends. The story of mail order brides has always been a sad one, in my opinion but the poverty Jin arrived to when she had been told such a different story, just made the situation that much dire. While she is a young girl when she firsts arrives in Hawaii, she realizes the depth of her situation and becomes a woman to reckon with and I loved being able to “witness” this transformation. This is a great story, with well-written characters that connect to you and won’t let go!