Heart wrenching historical fiction

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This book definitely provided historical information that I was previously unaware of. I had no idea about this part of Hawaii’s history and I really enjoyed reading about the trials and determination of these brave women. Willow, Hongju and Songhwa were all so different and handled their unfortunate circumstances in their own ways but managed to maintain their friendships and make sacrifices for each other. None of the women got everything they hoped for when they immigrated from Korea to Hawaii as picture brides but they worked so hard to make better lives for themselves and especially for family members back in Korea and their children. I loved the strong female characters and their close bonds with each other and feel like the author did a great job of character development. Willow’s themes of history repeating itself in terms of male family members engaging in war was also a great addition to the story.