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  • Enticing, exotic, and touching!

    Red Sky Over Hawaii is a tender, heartwarming tale that sweeps you away to the island of Hawaii in the days, hours, and minutes leading up to Pearl Harbor and the year after and into the life of Lana Hitchcock, a young woman who after losing her father suddenly takes on the responsibility of hiding four individuals whose nationality makes them a target for detainment and internment. The prose is expressive and lush. The characters are multilayered, troubled, strong, and compassionate. And the plot is an evocative tale of life, loss, love, self-discovery, war, secrets, friendship, determination, survival, romance, and the true meaning of family. Overall, Red Sky Over Hawaii is a beautifully written, informative, absorbing tale with intriguing characters that I devoured from start to finish. I’m a huge fan of Sara Ackerman’s writing, and this novel didn’t disappoint. If you enjoy well researched WWII novels with a fresh and unique perspective, then I highly recommend it.

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  • A heartwarming World War II Romance

    Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman has Lana Hitchcock receiving a call from her estranged father, Jack telling her he is in the hospital. Lana flies to Hilo the next day, but she is several hours too late. Jack left her a note which leads her to a hidden one with clues on how to find a project he was working on in the rain forest near Kilauea volcano. December 7th arrives, and everyone is shocked when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. FBI men soon arrive and take away Jack’s neighbors, Fred and Ingrid Wagner but leave their two daughters behind. Lana loads up a truck with provisions along with the Wagner’s daughter and hides a local Japanese fisherman and his adopted son in the back. They traverse the mountain road and find a house that her father had almost completed before he fell ill. It seems to be the perfect hideaway until they notice activity at the nearby Kilauea Military Camp. It appears that the camp is now being turned into a detainment camp. Major Grant Bailey is in charge, and he has taken a shine to Lana. Can Lana keep them all safe during these perilous times? Red Sky Over Hawaii is an intriguing historical novel. It gives us a look at life in Hawaii during World War II. We get to see how fearful the people were after the attack and how the government responded. There are mystical elements woven into the story which I enjoyed. It added another level to the story. The story starts off a little slow in the beginning as we learn how Lana came to the island and why she was estranged from her father. The story goes back and forth in time which was a little confusing. The author’s vivid descriptions brings the scenery alive. I could imagine the rain forest, the fog, and the half-finished house. The romance is a little heavy in places as Grant and Lana spend time together, but it was understandable that they wanted to be together. People needed to find comfort and hope during the war. I enjoyed reading how these group came together and became a family. Red Sky Over Hawaii is a heartwarming story with uncommon honey, mystical forces, wartime woes, a rare romance, and a found family.

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