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Daughter of Moloka'i

(Moloka'i #2)

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DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA′I is the highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, MOLOKA′I. It’s a companion tale that 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.

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Hardcover, 309 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Jennifer Garcia You don't have to, because they can stand alone, BUT I would. Moloka'i is a journey you don't want to miss. And, it gives the background on some of…moreYou don't have to, because they can stand alone, BUT I would. Moloka'i is a journey you don't want to miss. And, it gives the background on some of the people in Daughter of Moloka'i. (less)
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
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 ....when I started “Daughter of Moloka’i”, I was excited - but worried that it couldn’t possibly have the same magic that Moloka’i did.

I began my jou
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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 placed for adoption so clearly, experiencing her story first ha
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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 because her mother was forced to
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megs_bookrack
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read


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 did.
After reading it, I cannot imagine not knowing the conclusion to Rachel's story.

This book.
I have never cried so much while reading a book.
Ever.



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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 this book showed in my queue. WHAT, A SEQUEL? I qui ...more
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 her to California. Later, Ruth is married and held in a World War II internment camp.
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*TUDOR^QUEEN*
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. I'm very glad I did. "Moloka'i" was a
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Cheri
4.5 Stars

As 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 arrives at the door, with a young infant girl
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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 so very important to a satisfying read
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Jenny
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 memory that will last a lifetime.
Beginning at age t
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Bkwmlee
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5

Having 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 it would expand upon the reunion scene as well as Ruth and Rachel’s subsequent
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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 sale until 2019/02/19 and I was delighted to rec
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Kat
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-4
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 parents in Hawaii, through their move to California, experiences with rac ...more
Wendy
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019, jul-19
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 at birth, in the original story.
A beaut
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Jenny
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 memory that will last a lifetime.
Beginning at age t
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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 internment camp during WWII, and then her life after the wa
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marilyn
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 faces or know the names. This book gives me greater i ...more
Guy Aoki
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 citizens were interned for 3-4 years simply because o ...more
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 took multiple trips there and always brought us bac
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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 his older brother, Jiro, and the couple is lur
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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.

Dorothea Lange

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 camps during WWII. Daughter of Moloka'i, like its predecessor is a sweeping sa
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Susan Johnson
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
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 disease and kept in a children's home unti
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DeAnn
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
**Happy publishing day to this one!

5 teary stars to this one, Alan Brennert is a fantastic storyteller and has created memorable characters

This 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 memorable characters. I do recommend
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Jaksen
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
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 and do and think in remarka
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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! :)
Skip
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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 teased about being a halo (half Hawaiian, half Japanese), bond ...more
Karen Macedo
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lynn
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 they end up relocated to Manzanar, a concentration camp for J ...more
Melodie
This is the sequel to Moloka'i to be published early 2019. I was incredibly excited to be offered a chance to read this and offer an honest review.
The story of Rachel Kalama, quarantined for leprosy, continues with the birth of her daughter Ruth. Taken from her mother and placed in an orphanage, Ruth was subsequently adopted by a Japanese couple.
Her life unfolds with history as she moves from Hawaii to a farm in California. From the relative safety of her upbringing within the loca
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Kim
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this one as much as I did Moloka'i. It's still good though.
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Alan Brennert is the author of the historical novels Palisades Park, Honolulu (chosen one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post), and Moloka'i, which won the 2006 Bookies Award, sponsored by the Contra Costa Library, for the Book Club Book of the Year (and has sold over 600,000 copies since publication). It was also a 2012 One Book, One San Diego selection. He has won an Emmy Award and a People's Choice Award for ...more

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