Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is our book club book for March. It was very different from the other books we've read. It takes place in and around Honolulu. It is the story about a girl named Rachel who contracts Leprocy in the late 1800s. At the age of seven, she is shipped off to the island of Moloka'i in order to quarantine her from the rest of her family. She lives a life of seclusion away from her family and learns to live independently. As lonely as it was, she learns to live a life full of meaningful relationships and trials. The story kept my interest and felt so much compassion for the people who contracted this dreadful disease.
The interesting thing about this book as that it is based on historical information. That many of these events actually happened. Can you imagine shipping you off to an island if you contracted a disease that couldn't be cured? Discovering facts like these, makes me feel like I live under a rock in my content little life. What struggles people had to endure. And how blessed are we to live freely?? Very.