Moloka’i, Brennert’s first historical fiction in this series, has clear, die-hard fans (myself amongst them), so I knew I had to read the sequel to find out what happens to Ruth, Rachel’s daughter. But boy, did Brennert deliver far more than just Ruth. This novel felt like a saga and absolutely captivated me. I was so intensely invested in the characters that the pages and chapters flew by. My husband and kids would pass by me reading and I don’t even recall what they might have said to me. I was *deep* into this book until the very last page.