About Belonging To Heaven
“Descended from the Hawaiian royal line, Jonathan Napela became one of the first—and most influential—converts to the Church in Hawaii. A man of intelligence, social status, and wealth, he used his considerable position to further the gospel in his native land. He developed a lifelong bond of brotherhood with Elder George Q. Cannon, helping to translate the Book of Mormon into Hawaiian and establish a gathering place for the Hawaiian saints in Laie, Oahu. But when his beloved wife, Kitty, was stricken with leprosy, Jonathan made the defining decision of his life. He would leave his life of privilege to become her caretaker and spend the rest of his life on Molokai, the island of lepers. To those who suffered similar heartbreak and banishment, Jonathan’s self-sacrifice became their lifeline. Based on true story, this is an extraordinary novel of a man who chose love in the face of death.”
My Thoughts on Belonging To Heaven
Historical Fiction novels based very heavily on factual events are very intriguing to me. I found the beginning portion of the book to be slow. It was hard to be motivated to read more than a chapter at a time. The last half of the book was when it picked up speed and got emotional. I really like how informative it was about Hawaiian culture as well as the history of the Church. For anyone interested in historical novels, this is a great read.