I'm a huge sucker for anything having to do with history, including books and movies. Earlier this year I watched a movie about Kaiulani, the last princess of Hawaii. I had the same problem with that movie that I had with this book: absolutely fascinating history that was mostly ignored in order to pursue a romance that didn't happen. At least with Kaiulani it was someone that was actually in her life, instead of a made up character. The made up romance then gets in the way of what I really find fascinating, the rise and fall of her family. This book got 3 stars for me because I loved the family interaction and that's what saved the book for me. Will I read it again? Probably not.