A Song for the Stars by Ilima Todd is the story of the Hawaiian Islands In 1779. It is the story of James Cook and his crew in the Hawaiian Islands. It is the story of Maile, the second daughter of the local chief. It is the story of two very different cultures disagreeing, misinterpreting one another and also learning how to come together.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were intriguing and I got caught up in their story. I loved learning about the early Hawaiian Islands and found it so fascinating that I did some additional research and found everything the author portrayed accurate. I loved learning about the Hawaiian culture and customs and I thought the author did a great job in showing how important it is to understand other cultures and the beliefs of others and also how difficult it is to do.
My favorite part of the book was probably the atmospheric writing. Especially the description of the sea. Some of the descriptions were absolutely beautiful. In many ways the sea becomes a character in the book and the author gives the sea as much development as the other characters.
While I loved many things about this story I do wish that the climax of the story lasted a bit longer. I felt that so much was leading up to this final event and then it was over so quickly.
When I read at the end that this story was based on the author’s fourth great grandparents I couldn’t help but think what a wonderfully family story it was and I could picture it being handed down from generation to generation.
My copy of A Song for the Stars was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!