Patricia Ruiz Steele is the author of a new book, The Girl Immigrant, a work of historical fiction/genealogy published by Plumeria Press.
Hawaii! Manuela’s small Spanish village buzzed with tales of life in a faraway land free from starvation and angst in 1911. She and her family board the SS Orteric, bound for the Hawaiian Islands. Sugar plantation owners wanted immigrants and promised the world. This 9-year-old girl embarks on a life-changing journey that encapsulates many immigrants at that time to eventually immigrate to America. She was the author’s grandmother, and the story is based on true accounts and documents over time.