Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Red Sky Over Hawaii” by Sara Ackerman, MIRA, June 9, 2020
WOW! Sara Ackerman, author of “Red Sky Over Hawaii” has written an intriguing, captivating, memorable, and thought-provoking novel. The genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction. The timeline for this story is during World War Two, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The story takes place in Hawaii. The author describes her characters as courageous, brave, frightened, complex, and complicated. The characters are living during a tragic time in history.
I love the way Sara Ackerman vividly describes the beauty of the people, their customs, and the land in various locations of Hawaii. This contrasts with the evil and destruction of war. I appreciate that the author also mentions the animals in the story, and the love and security they give to the people. The author also discusses the importance of family, friends, neighbors, equality, forgiveness, and second chances in certain circumstances.
Lana Hitchcock gets a call from her estranged father, who is dying. He asks her to come back home. Unfortunately, by the time that Lana arrives, her father has passed away. In his home are some kind German people that are living there. She finds that her father had a special home built away in a remote area in Hawaii.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the government is taking away German people and Japanese people for questioning. Lana is left with the two German children while the parents are away. Lana leaves for the special home her father has built with the 2 German children, and her father’s friend and adopted son who is Japanese. They also leave with the family dog and some other animals. The younger German daughter is out-spoken and personable. Lana finds out there is a detainment camp for prisoners nearby.
I would highly recommend this wonderfully thought-provoking book for readers who appreciate Historical Fiction.