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Inspired by true events and the lush land of Hawaii, Sara Ackerman’s RED SKY OVER HAWAII will transport you to another time and place

Leslie Lindsay 

Inspired by real places and events of WWII, RED SKY OVER HAWAII immerses the reader in a time of American history full of suspicion and peril in this lush and poignant novel.



USA Today Bestselling and Hawaiin powerhouse author Sara Ackerman returns with a fabulous new work of historical fiction set in the Hawaiian Islands during WWII. I’ve loved her previous two books, which combine a little romance with lush landscapes and historical inspiration–plus a menagerie of animals, too. RED SKY OVER HAWAII (Mira June 9th) is no exception and Ackerman is quickly becoming a go-to for historical fiction.

Life is forever changed after the attack on Pearl Harbor as one woman becomes the unlikely guardian of a mismatched group.

The attack on Pearl Harbor changes everything for Lana Hitchcock. 
Arriving home on the Big Island too late to reconcile with her estranged father, she is left alone to untangle the clues of his legacy, which lead to a secret property tucked away in the remote rain forest of Kilauea volcano. When the government starts taking away neighbors as suspected sympathizers, Lana shelters two young German girls, a Japanese fisherman and his son. As tensions escalate, they are forced into hiding—only to discover the hideaway house is not what they expected.
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“Ackerman’s effortless writing skillfully navigates the early days of WWII with captivating characters bonded by circumstance. Mystery and magic are woven around Lana and the pages of this book, delivering a beautiful and thoughtful novel that pays tribute to the lore of the islands, their people, and those who stand up for the ones who cannot.”
– Noelle Salazar, USA Today bestselling author of

When a detainment camp is established nearby, Lana struggles to keep the secrets of those in her care. Trust, it seems, could have dangerous consequences. As their lives weave together, Lana begins to understand the true meaning of family and how the bonds of love carry us through even the worst times.

The Hawaiian setting and home front experience give RED SKY OVER HAWAII a fresh take on WWII fiction, and Ackerman’s lush and evocative writing perfectly captures the sense of place and time.


Artistic photo of cover designed and photographed by me, Leslie Lindsay. Follow and like on Instagram @leslielindsay1 #alwayswithabook

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RED SKY OVER HAWAII will speak to fans of Chanel Cleeton and Beatriz Williams, Fiona Davis. Also, see Ms. Ackerman’s earlier books, also historical fiction, set in Hawaii LAND OF SWEET PIES AND SOLIDIERS as well as THE LIEUTENANT’S NURSE.

web-sara-ackerman-1-5ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Sara Ackerman is the USA Today bestselling author of THE LIEUTENANT’S NURSE and ISLAND OF SWEET PIES AND SOLDIERS. Born and raised in Hawaii, she studied journalism and earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. She blames Hawaii for her addition to writing and sees no end to its untapped stories. When she’s not writing or teaching, you’ll find her in the mountains or in the ocean. She currently lives on the Big Island with her boyfriend and a houseful of bossy animals.

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Leslie Lindsay is the award-winning author of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2012). Her work has been published in Pithead ChapelCommon Ground ReviewCleaver Magazine (craft and CNF), The Awakenings Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Ruminate’s The WakingBrave Voices Literary MagazineManifest-Station, and others. Her cover art was featured on the May 2020 issue of Up the Staircase Quarterly. She has been awarded as one of the top 1% reviewers on GoodReads and recognized by Jane Friedman as one of the most influential book reviewers. Since 2013, Leslie has interviewed over 700 bestselling and debut authors on her author interview series. Follow her bookstagram posts @leslielindsay1.


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[Cover and author image retrieved from author’s website. Artistic photo of book cover designed and photographed by me, Leslie Lindsay. Follow on Instagram for more like this.]

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