The Last Aloha by Gaellen Quinn This is historical fiction about the last days of the Hawaiian monarchy. In spite of a rather tragic start to the book the main character Laura leaves San Francisco for Hawaii to start a “new life” with her Aunt and Uncle who live in Honolulu. Living with an overbearing evil uncle helps create the impetus to move out of his house and live and work for the royal family in Honolulu.
Laura’s family is part of the wealthy elite planning to overthrow the monarchy and Hawaii’s last queen, Lili’uokalani struggles to save “her” kingdom. Author Quinn expertly weaves a tale of personal lives along with Hawaiian history – even author Robert Louis Stevenson makes an appearance. A number of twists and turns make this a highly fascinating read.