Set against the lush Hawaiian landscape Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers is a nostalgic World War II-era story that will elicit desires to sing show tunes from South Pacific.
At times tender and quirky, I found myself attached to Violet and Ella. In Violet, I felt for the single mother trying to hold herself together, after the disappearance of her husband, the attack on her island and the fact that her daughter is suffering from PTSD. With every chapter, Violet exudes a quiet strength that proves not all heroes wear capes.
Ella, on the other hand, is an adorable character. She’s a precocious kid with just the right amount of quirk. I loved her storyline and looked forward to her chapters. She was fun and my heart felt for her as she tried to process the trauma that she had witnessed.
Even though this mother and daughter duo are surrounded by a diverse cast of loveable characters these two truly are the center of the story. It is the kind of Hawaiian historical fiction that I have been looking for because it not only shows Hawaiian history it is filled with the people of Hawaii.
And did I mention there is a lion? Because there is a lion who is way cooler than Lassie ever could be…