Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Books from the Backlog #3


Books from the Backlog is hosted by Carol's Random Life in Books. It is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. 

This week's neglected book...

Honolulu is the rich, unforgettable story of a young "picture bride" who journeys to Hawai'i in 1914 in search of a better life.

Instead of the affluent young husband and chance at an education that she has been promised, she is quickly married off to a poor, embittered laborer who takes his frustrations out on his new wife. Renaming herself Jin, she makes her own way in this strange land, finding both opportunity and prejudice. With the help of three of her fellow picture brides, Jin prospers along with her adopted city, now growing from a small territorial capital into the great multicultural city it is today. But paradise has its dark side, whether it's the daily struggle for survival in Honolulu's tenements, or a crime that will become the most infamous in the islands history...

With its passionate knowledge of people and places in Hawai'i far off the tourist track, Honolulu is most of all the spellbinding tale of four women in a new world, united by dreams, disappointment, sacrifices, and friendship.

Why did I get this?

Because I absolutely loved Molokai by the same author and I was looking forward to reading this one. But...I got distracted. Oops.


  1. anything to do with the tropics and it does sound really interesting
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Hawaii...boy, I miss it. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. The focus on the picture brides new lives and togetherness against the Hawaiian setting sounds fab.

    1. It will be fun to read about picture brides. This part of history always fascinates me.