June 02, 2009


Moloka'i  by Allan Brennert

✭✭✭✭✭  (out of 5 stars)

Documenting the history of the Leper colony on Moloka'i, and Hawaii during the late 18th century and early 19th, this story is fascinating and a must read.  Leprosy was such a mysterious disease back then, no one knew how it was spread and there was no cure.  Anyone one suspected of having it was carted off to live in isolation, and their family was often ridiculed.  Rachel is just 7 years old when she found out she had leprosy, and was forced to leave her family and home to live in Kalaupapa, Moloka'i.  Raised my nuns, and longing for her former life and family, she spends most of her time thinking her life is over before it even began.  Little does she know of the rich life she will have on Moloka'i and the new family she will grow to love.  I loved this book, such a beautiful story and heart warming characters.

Recommended:  Totally!  I loved this book so much.

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