It has been a long time since I read a book I couldn't put down. I was captivated from the first chapter. When I read the first pre-view, I knew I wanted to read the story. This book is going on my "Keeper Shelf".
Author, Lee Geum-yi, does an excellent job of weaving the story of three Korean 'picture brides'. The story has just about every thing: love, heartache, friendship, jealousy and adventure. The bond that these women developed, helped navigate the scary new world they found themselves in - Hawai'i. Cultural and language barriers faced them everyday. We'll just say that all three had different experiences, even being in the "same" situation - kinda.
The story does jump 18 years in the end, to tell a small part of one of the kid's story, Pearl's. I wish there was more there. Perhaps a sequel is in the mix.
As I've said before, I do wish there was a page of how to pronounce names and places (a type of glossary) to give them their do respect.