I'm very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman. I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to MIRA and Sara Ackerman for letting me be a part of this tour!
Title: Red Sky Over Hawaii
Author: Sara Ackerman
Published by: MIRA
Released: June 9, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: Inspired by real places and events of WWII, Red Sky Over Hawaii immerses the reader in a time of American history full of suspicion and peril in this lush and poignant tale about the indisputable power of doing the right thing against all odds.The attack on Pearl Harbor changes everything for Lana Hitchcock. Arriving home on the Big Island too late to reconcile with her estranged father, she is left alone to untangle the clues of his legacy, which lead to a secret property tucked away in the remote rain forest of Kilauea volcano. When the government starts taking away her neighbors as suspected sympathizers, Lana shelters two young German girls, a Japanese fisherman and his son. As tensions escalate, they are forced into hiding—only to discover the hideaway house is not what they expected.
When a detainment camp is established nearby, Lana struggles to keep the secrets of those in her care. Trust could have dangerous consequences. As their lives weave together, Lana begins to understand the true meaning of family and how the bonds of love carry us through the worst times. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I definitely enjoyed this one. I'm always a sucker for a book set in Hawaii. I also loved the historical aspect to it. Sometimes, I try to imagine what it was like that awful day that Pearl Harbor was bombed. I could just imagine the confusion that would then turn to disbelief and fear. How a normal day could turn into something so horrific.
I loved the setting and scenery in this book. I read that the author was born and raised in Hawaii and I really think that makes it more vivid. Hawaii is such a beautiful place. I'd love to visit there one day.
I also enjoyed Lana's effort to do what is right. Her decision to take in these people who need help from the prejudice and fear taking over the island was a good decision. There was a lot of stress that went into it, but she tried helping how she could. And I also really liked the idea of a found family. I love books with that aspect to them.
There is some romance in this book, which at times can take away from the rest of the story. I didn't hate the romance, but it did feel a little unnecessary.
There were also times that the story veered too much into scenery and window dressing. I loved getting to see the landscape of Hawaii, but there was a lot of it.
I liked Red Sky Over Hawaii. It was a good book to just get lost in. I'd definitely say give it a read if you like historical fiction.
Sara writes books about love and life, and all of their messy and beautiful imperfections. Born and raised in Hawaii, she studied journalism and later earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. She is the USA Today bestselling author of The Lieutenant's Nurse and Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, with several more in the works. She blames Hawaii for her addiction to writing, and sees no end to its untapped stories. Sara lives on the Big Island with her boyfriend and a houseful of bossy animals.
Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman. Thanks so much to MIRA and Sara Ackerman for letting me be a part of this tour. It was a needed reading vacation.