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Lou5 Stars Out Of 5The Hawaiian DiscoveryMarch 9, 2019LouI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the second in a series. I recommend reading the first book before you read this one. They are both exceptionally good. Quick to grab your attention which I like.
Booklover104 Stars Out Of 5I enjoyed my visit to the islands!October 13, 2018Booklover10Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Welcome to Hawaii! For someone who would absolutely love a vacation at this moment, this book takes me on a little escape to the islands. Having not read the first book in this series, the Hawaiian Quilt, I decided to read that book before I read this one. While you could definitely read this as a stand-alone novel, I don't think it would have the same level of meaning unless you started with the Hawaiian Quilt. I felt like it really built off of the first book and you would be missing half of the story if you didn't start there.
The Hawaiian Discovery starts on the mainland, where the first book ends at, and then they find themselves over on the islands for some unexpected reasons. Without giving too much away, this story does carry on with the story of Mandy, but it really focuses on Ellen. Ellen is Mandy's best friend and she is willing to sacrifice a lot for her best friend. I kept thinking how different our world would look if everyone had a best friend like her!
The writing style in this book felt different to me. I'm not sure if it's because of the different characters and short chapters or if it was something else. I liked the short chapters, but I felt like just as I was getting into the new character for that particular chapter, it would switch. I don't think that I would have changed anything, except maybe put a little bit more of each person together to give the reader some time to adjust.
I really enjoy books on the Amish and Wanda Brunstetter has been one of my top authors for Amish fiction for a long time. I appreciate that she thought out of the box for the setting of this book. It set itself apart and told a sweet story in a fun setting. I hope that she does more books like this, as far as a setting that is unique where you wouldn't really picture the Amish going.
I'm looking forward to reading her Christmas book that is coming out really soon!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5The Hawaiian DiscoveryAugust 19, 2018Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3THE HAWAIIAN DISCOVERY is one of the newest ones by prolific author Wanda E. Brunstetter. Honestly, I think she is writing a book a month -- but maybe it just seems that way since I've read a lot of her books this year.
I will admit this piqued my interest. Amish in Hawaii. Who knew? I have never been to Hawaii, but I have seen pictures of the beautiful state, so it was interesting reading about the scenery in a book partially set there.
I think this was more women's fiction than romance though there is a romance. The hero doesn't make an appearance until the end of the book and the man who has a point of view and is interested in Ellen is a hmm. Well, something that I can't find the word to describe. Scared, red-faced stumbling fool, and then suddenly bullish and threatening. Definitely a mixture of personality types there.
There were a lot of characters that I had trouble keeping track of and a lot of changes of location which was easier since that was clearly indicated. This book is definitely better than the last Wanda Brunstetter book I read. It was a squeaky clean story with docile characters and a slow, peaceful writing style that is sure to appeal to fans of Wanda Brunstetter. For me, the major draw of this Amish story is the unconventional setting.
Oh, this is the second book in a series. The first is The Hawaiian Quilt which I have not read. Yet. I don't think reading them out of order detracted from the story.
I was given a copy by a friend (not the author) and all opinions are my own. I was not obligated to write a review.
KarenTampa FLAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Hawaiian DiscoveryAugust 16, 2018KarenTampa FLAge: Over 65Gender: femaleLoved it, but then again, I really like all of Wanda Brunstetter's novels. Look forward to reading more. A friend of mine is an Amish novel fan, just like me, so when I finish my books, I give them to her to read.
Susan B.4 Stars Out Of 5If you like Wanda Brunstetter books--you will enjoy this!July 17, 2018Susan B.Quality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 0A nice, sweet story set partially in Hawaii. If you like Wanda Brunstetter as an author, you will enjoy this book. I enjoyed the storyline set in Hawaii--a break from Amish country-- of this quick enjoyable read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.