Rating: Must Read, Don’t miss it!
About the Book:
“Violinist Maddie Kern’s life was predictable and orderly until she fell in love with Lane Moritomo, the ambitious son of Japanese immigrants. Maddie expects their families’ disapproval, but when Pearl Harbor is bombed the day after she and Lane elope, her new husband is no longer viewed as just and outsider, but as an enemy…”My Thoughts:
Kristina McMorris, author of Letters from Home, amazed me with this title. I loved it. I’m still in awe of how well written this book is. I was awakened to so many different aspects and trials of that time period that I wasn’t aware of prior to reading the novel. The author has a unique ability to portray the emotions of an era we didn’t belong to, through words. She proved this with Letters from Home and sealed it with Bridge of Scarlet Leaves. The book is extremely accurate for a historical fiction. The author leaves a note at the end of the book that discusses the importance of accuracy for her in this book and explains how she went about achieving it. Her preparation for this novel is evident in her thoughtful and expressive writing.
Though it is fiction, these characters lived, maybe not as Maddie and Lane but as those who lived with the same hopes, dreams, realities and trials. The characters are well developed and intricately weaved together. To me they were friends, not characters. I was joyful in their happiness, heartbroken in their sorrow and connected with them throughout the entire story. Even though I finished this book long ago, the characters have stayed with me. I was changed by reading this book. I now have a whole new outlook and respect for those involved in WWII after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is a must read for 2012. You won’t be sorry!
Must Read, Don't miss it!