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Moloka'i
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
Young Rachel Kalama, growing up in idyllic Honolulu in the 1890s, is part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, and dreams of seeing the far-off lands that her father, a merchant seaman, often visits. But at the age of seven, Rachel and her dreams are shattered by the discovery that she has leprosy. Forcibly removed from her family, she is sent to Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'i. In her exile she finds a family of friends to replace the family she's lost: a native healer, Haleola, who becomes her adopted "auntie" and makes Rachel aware of the rich culture and mythology of her people; Sister Mary Catherine Voorhies, one of the Franciscan sisters who care for young girls at Kalaupapa; and the beautiful, worldly Leilani, who harbors a surprising secret. At Kalaupapa she also meets the man she will one day marry. True to historical accounts, Moloka'i is the story of an extraordinary human drama, the full scope and pathos of which has never been told before in fiction. But Rachel's life, though shadowed by disease, isolation, and tragedy, is also one of joy, courage, and dignity. This is a story about life, not death; hope, not despair. It is not about the failings of flesh, but the strength of the human spirit.
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quirkyreader
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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I sat outside and finished this one. Here is the link to my gr review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/193110842?book_show_action=false&from_revi...

Suet624 How lovely. 3mo
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Julz422
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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I really enjoyed and recommend this book. You follow the main character through heartbreaking and heartwarming moments and get a glimpse of history that many of us aren‘t aware of or think about. I definitely teared up at the end. 🥲

robinb I enjoyed this one as well. A very unusual and thought-provoking book. 3mo
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quirkyreader
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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I spent a big part of today sitting under a crabapple tree reading this one.

Blueberry I wish I was under a crabapple tree reading 😊 3mo
KristiAhlers That has been my favorite so far by that author. You‘ll need to read the sequel. So good. 3mo
quirkyreader @KristiAhlers is on the TBR along with Honolulu. 3mo
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vonnie862
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

This is another of my top five favorites. You get to learn the leprosy history in Moloka'i through a heartbreaking story. This book made me cry a few times and made me fall in love with the characters.

#AlphabetGame
#LetterM
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Megabooks I loved this too. 3mo
marleed Loved this book! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!! 3mo
Tera66 Awesome book!🌺 3mo
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Julz422
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Last week of summer 😭🍷

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Julz422
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Two more weeks 😭😎

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Julz422
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Next up…

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cinda.marie
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺 A young Hawaiian girl is taken from her family and sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka‘i. This is a wonderful story, one I won‘t soon forget. Finding the original sales receipt tucked inside the book was an added bonus. Purchased at S.F. International Airport on March 10, 2006. #historicalfiction 5/22

marleed Oh Iove to find an original receipt inside a thrifted book! I also loved this book and recently thrifted a copy of its sequel- still on my TBR. 6mo
cinda.marie @marleed I‘m also planning to read the sequel. Looking forward to it! (edited) 6mo
UwannaPublishme How cool! 6mo
cinda.marie @UwannaPublishme I‘ll definitely leave the receipt for the next reader to find! 6mo
jimfields3 That‘s cool! I like to stick my receipts in the books, too. I still have one I bought in the early 90s. 6mo
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cinda.marie
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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🌺 Paperback
🌺 4
🌺 I usually scribble notes in a book journal

#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

Thanks for the tag @Enchanted_Bibliophile 😊📚

Enchanted_Bibliophile You're welcome! 6mo
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️📚 6mo
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vonnie862
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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1. Historical fiction
2. Tagged
3. Marie Benedict

@ozma.of.oz #sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz I read your tagged book years ago for a book club! It was very good. Thank you for sharing! 8mo
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Laughterhp
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Here are the books for #Roll100 - April

I never finished The Magnificent Nine in January, so here‘s hoping!

The tagged is fitting, to prepare me for my Hawaii trip!
And then the 3rd book in a historical mystery series set in Scotland!

PuddleJumper Oo looks great! 8mo
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Juliev
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Currently in Hawaii, so read Molokai on the flight over. Good story and history of how leprosy patients were sentenced to live on the island of Molokai to prevent spread of disease. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kayla.Adriena
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Finished up my #LMPBC book! @shellleigh33 it will be going out into the mail soon! Such a good book! Warning it's a tear jerker!

sharread I'm in the need of a good tear 😢 can't wait. 12mo
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vonnie862
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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1. Yes. I try not to but I am a sucker for pretty covers.
2. I expect the cover to represent the theme or mood of the book, but I rely on the synopsis to get more of an idea of what the book is about.
3. Tagged
@ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I love the splashes of pink on that cover! Thanks for posting! 1y
vonnie862 @ozma.of.oz it really makes the flowers pop out. 1y
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Kangaj1
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Here are my August reads, in order of star rating. The top row is all 5 and 4.5. The middle two rows are all 4 stars, plus the first book on the last row. The last few are 3 stars.

Opal & Nev and My Lady Jane were 🥰 on audio.

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Tera66
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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#JulyJourneys #waterfalls
@eggs & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
When I think of waterfalls, I think of Hawaii. I don't remember them being in this book, but the book is set I'm Hawaii and is one of the best I have read.

Eggs Part of a Hawaii series? Looks so good 💙💦💚 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!! 1y
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DonWon
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert

Reading for my book club. Read about 80% and it's a nice complement to Michener's Hawaii so far.

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Blueberry
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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NataliePatalie Oooo love the background 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 📚❤️ 1y
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TheSpineView
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Eggs Beautiful 💐💗📚 1y
TheSpineView @Eggs 💜💐 1y
Tera66 I loved this book! 1y
TheSpineView @Tera66 👍🌞😊 1y
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paulareadsallthetime
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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A beautiful historical fiction book about Rachel. She contracts leprosy as a child an is exiled to Moloka‘i. Rachel finds friends and family along the way as she grows on this island. I knew nothing of Hawaii nor the leprosy colonies until reading this book. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.

KCofKaysville @paulareadsallthetime I liked it also several years ago. 2y
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Kshakal
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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TheKidUpstairs ❤📚🌺🌸🌺🌸 2y
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Sharpeipup
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Reading a few pages at work when these beautiful flowers were delivered. Sadly they aren‘t for me but I enjoyed them all the same.

megnews Gorgeous!! Love the colors 😍 2y
Moonprismpower Wow what a beautiful arrangement and your photo is awesome! 2y
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DebinHawaii
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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I know many of my Litsy friends have read & loved this book like I did. (I still have yet to read the follow up Daughter of Moloka‘i but I will!) so I thought I‘d share the online link (below in comments) to the prequel story featured this month in our local Honolulu Magazine in case any of you are interested in reading it! 🌺🍍🌴

DebinHawaii @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @wanderinglynn @Crazeedi I think you all loved the book. I‘m sure I am probably leaving other friends out. 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 2y
Butterfinger Oh yes. Thank you for sharing. 2y
DebinHawaii @Butterfinger You are welcome! 🤗 2y
Cinfhen Check this out @4thhouseontheleft @IamIamIam crazy coincidence 💜💜💜Thanks for thinking of me @DebinHawaii 😘 2y
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Kayla8
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“‘Who can doubt the presence of God in the sight of men whom He has given wings?‘ I recall that so precisely because I‘ve had time to consider my error... God didn‘t give man wings; He gave him the brain and the spirit to give himself wings. Just as He gave us the capacity to laugh when we hurt, or to struggle on when we feel like giving up.”

Full GoodReads Review ⬇️
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3142571931

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Kayla8
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE

LittleMoon I can understand you😂👌 2y
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Kayla8
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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“‘It was a bright, clear day. The sky above us was blue and forever, and I looked up at it and thought: ‘Aouli.‘ Blue vault of heaven.‘”

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Addison_Reads
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Loved this one! 💚 I read a nonfiction book last year about this same topic and I learned a lot about the leper's colony in Hawaii. However, I wanted a more personal aspect, and this beautifully written historical fiction was exactly what I wanted.

Vibrant characters bring this story alive and will leave you so engrossed in the journey you'll forget you're reading fiction because it feels so real.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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BeaG
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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#ThoughtfulThursday 🌸I won a case that I initiated.🙌🏽 🌸 Summertime by The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff @MoonWitch94 Thanks for the tag @Sace

slategreyskies Summertime was my choice too! :) 2y
BeaG @slategreyskies It never gets old! 2y
MoonWitch94 That was my summer song, too! Congrats on your case! 2y
BeaG @MoonWitch94 Thanks! I love that song! 2y
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Purpleness
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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😂

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Purpleness
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Ah, sibling rivalry

Reecaspieces This is a great book! 2y
wen4blu One of my favorite books. 2y
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Purpleness
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Tracyantoon
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Moloka‘i is the Hawaiian island home to the former leprosy settlement. The history of this place is as heartbreaking as the island is beautiful. I was completely surprised by how much I fell in love with these characters. This book utterly blew me away. The father-daughter relationship brought me to tears almost every time they interacted. Just wow. Highly recommend. All the stars!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TerriGreen I am so excited to read this based on your recommendation! 2y
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Addison_Reads
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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I'm too lazy to put all the numbers on my grid. 😂 This is my updated #BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo for July. I'm excited to see how many reads I can get through.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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MelKelsey
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Book 67 Moloka'i is historical fiction about the like-named Hawaiian island that citizens with leprosy were quarantined to from the late 1800s all the way until 1969. It's eye-opening and refreshing to read about an underrepresented tragedy of relatively-recent history, but it is also difficult to read about it during covid. It elucidates the worst of what we as people are capable of. Well-written and strong characters.

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Addison_Reads
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3y
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wanderinglynn
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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A heartbreaking historical fiction of Hansen‘s disease (leprosy) in Hawai‘i. Heartbreaking, but well worth the tears to understand what those diagnosed with leprosy in the late 19th and early 20th century endured.

And a slow start to #24b4monday. I doubt I‘ll make it to 24 hrs, but I aim to get to double digits. And at least I am reading. 👍🏻

Also, this is my #doublespin for April. So I‘m 2/2 for April‘s #bookspin! 🎉

BeansPage This is on my TBR list. I just need to procure myself a copy of it. I'm so glad you liked it! 😃 3y
Andrew65 I‘ve had a slow start but doing much better tonight. 3y
wanderinglynn @SumisBooks I‘m happy to send you this one. 😀 Just email me your mailing address (lynn@wanderinglynn.com) 3y
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BeansPage Oh my goodness Lynn, that is so generous of you!!! Thank you so very very much ❤️🤗❤️ 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
marleed I thought this book was so interesting! 3y
LL1964 I liked this as well. There is a book 2 out now. I didn‘t get to it yet though. 3y
SFM13 Loved this story 3y
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Sarahandhella
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Picked up my books from the library curb drop off this afternoon! They had them all packed up and ready to go and labeled with your name. It was a very streamlined and safe way to still be able to access library materials. Love my small town library!! Glad I can jump right into Daughter of Moloka‘i after I finish the first book!

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Jas16
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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This book sat on my shelves unread for years which is a shame because I loved it. Seven year old Rachel is separated from her family and sent to Moloka‘i when she is diagnosed with Hansen‘s Disease. Being isolated from the rest of the world does not mean that Rachel‘s life is small. As she grows into adulthood on the island she builds relationships, endures deep losses, and never loses her inner strength or curiosity. Has anyone read the sequel?

la_rose_noire I loved that book too! Didn't even know there was a sequel. What's the title ? 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Loved this. The sequel was okay but not as great. 3y
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la_rose_noire
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Day 4
#7days7books
Seven books that left a deep impression on me and changed me.

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wanderinglynn
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Here‘s to April being a better reading month. My April #bookspin (tagged), plus my #doublespin and #triplespin

And maybe I‘ll even finish my March #bookspin book 😂

jb72 I really enjoyed Moloka‘i. 3y
BookishTrish Daft question - what are the #books pin numbers this month? 3y
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Laughterhp I‘ll be interested in your review for the Black Widow book! 3y
wanderinglynn @Laughterhp 👍🏻 I‘ll tag you when I review it. 3y
Megabooks Nice choices!! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
TheAromaofBooks @BookishTrish - Sorry, I somehow missed you on the tag list! 😬 3y
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marleed
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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I had a single 2-star read in 19, and hoping this grid contains my only 2-star of 20. My two lower rated books were new releases on library loan proving to me again... Good TBR books like the tagged await and publish date need not be my priority.

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

runswithscissors007 I think I've said this before but I love the clarity of your star system. 3y
marleed @runswithscissors007 Thank you. It really works for me. I rate my books on my feelings at the point of reading. My ratings would likely vary if I read at a different time or emotional state of being. I also assign my rating before I read through other opinions of the book because I can be easily influenced by eloquent reviews ;) 3y
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marleed
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This was a book longer than its pages as I spent a few hours in google searches. From the 1860s to 1960s native Hawaiian‘s inflicted with Hansen‘s Disease (leprosy) were criminalized, ripped from families and exiled to a remote peninsula. Yet, inside of tragedy carved out beautiful lives. . What a difference science makes to disease. I didn‘t realize when I started how poignant this book would be right now.

#ReadTheUSA2020 Hawaii

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Butterfinger
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

This was a very depressing book. Death after death, loss after loss, but this had to be told and I appreciate the author for the research and time spent giving this community the dignity and grace it deserves.

This is the type of book for which I yearn. A history that I know nothing is explained in depth.

Geenie ❤️ nice 👍 review 3y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! Doesn't sound like a book for me, but I am glad that you were able to learn from it. 3y
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Butterfinger
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert

I used to wonder, why did God give children leprosy? Now I believe: God doesn't give anyone leprosy. He gives us, if we choose to use it, the spirit to live with leprosy, and with the imminence of death. Because it is in our own mortality that we are most Divine.

Geenie ❤️ 3y
Crazeedi Loved this book!! 3y
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alisadk
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Historical fiction about Leprosy colony in Hawaii

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alisadk
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert

Leprosy colony

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BeaG
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Woosah! I finished this one. It was a good read.

Jenken1998 It was great! 3y
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BeaG
Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Embracing Hawaii as I listen to Moloka'i. I decided on an audiobook to get out of my slump. I chose this one and it instantly drew me in based on the setting. God's will, I will be in Honolulu for my 50th birthday in March. Trip already booked. #Hawaii5-0

Alfoster Woohoo! What a great B-day it will be!❤️ 3y
BeaG @Alfoster I'm sooo excited! 3y
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la_rose_noire
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Follow.my.read Such a great book, and beautiful cover as well! 3y
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