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Posted March 7, 2012
WOW!!!! This was a GREAT book. First I have to say to Kristina
WOW!!!! This was a GREAT book.
First I have to say to Kristina “I forgive you” Okay back to the review.
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is such an emotional book. When you think it can’t get any worst it does. Kristina does a wonderful of sucking us into the world that she has created. A world that revolves around a set of kids and one horrible event. Pearl Harbor. It is truly amazing how people were treated back then. The struggle that these kids have to go through on a daily basis makes me realize that we should all be thankful for the things we have in our life.
I loved every page of this book. Yes, Kristina every page!!!
Kristina thank you so very much for allowing me to read and review your book for you. I look forward to see what you come up with next.
If you love historical I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this book!!! Oh and please have some tissues.
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Posted March 1, 2012
Beautifully written story.
I won a pre-release copy of Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris through the GoodReads First Reads program. This was my introduction to the writing style of Kristina McMorris and from the first page I was impressed. Her characters were well written and the story was very easy to become a part of.
In Bridge of Scarlet Leaves we are introduced to three key players: Maddie Kern, TJ Kern, and Lane Moritomo. The characters’ stories unfold in Los Angeles, CA right before Pearl Harbor is bombed in 1941. Maddie Kern is a young violinist whose dream is to attend Julliard. She lives with her strict brother TJ after a car accident takes the life of their mother and leaves their father in a nursing home consumed by depression. TJ is a young baseball pitcher whose dream is to play for the New York Yankees but find himself struggling to find his way. His best friend, Lane Morimoto is the very ambitious son of two very traditional Japanese parents whose dream is to work in politics and help make the United States a more understanding place.
We are quickly told that Lane and Maddie have been dating for awhile and are very serious. On the day that they elope, Pearl Harbor is bombed causing their life together and the world to shatter. Throughout the book we are shown how these three characters learn to makes sense of the world as it has become, to love, to forgive and to fight for their dreams.
Kristina McMorris writes these characters beautifully. You can’t help but feel for each of them and what they are going through. The support characters are well written and add to the individual stories. You can tell that she has done a thorough job researching the time period and what life was like during this time in history. I am excited to read other works by Kristina McMorris and see what else this young author has in store for us readers.
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Posted August 20, 2012
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves tells the story of two families, the Ke
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves tells the story of two families, the Kerns andWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
the Moritomos. Maddie and her brother TJ live in the family house (their
mother is dead and their father is in a nursing home). TJ aspires to be
a pro-league baseball player after college while Maddie has her heart
set on studying at the Julliard School of Music as a violinist. TJ's
best friend is Lane Moritomo. We meet the three in Los Angeles in 1941.
Maddie has been dating Lane in secret because he is first generation
Japanese American. While society at that time accepts interracial
friendships it generally frowns on those same friends entering into a
romantic relationship. The truth of their hidden romance is brought to
light when the three, accompanied by Maddie's friend Jo, attend a local
club. There a drunken acquaintance accuses Maddie of crossing the line
with Lane. Of course both Lane and TJ fight for Maddie's honor, her
brother thinking the drunk was way off base. The next day, when Lane
learns from his parents that a Japanese matchmaker is sending over a
bride for him, he convinces Maddie that they should elope the following
weekend. So with suitcase in hand, Maddie lies to her brother about her
destination and gets on a train that brings her to Lane and a civil
ceremony that unites them as husband and wife. Later, on their way home
to Los Angeles they learn that the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor and
that the country is at war. During the trip they begin to experience
first hand the fear that grips the country when they are told to leave a
restaurant simply because of Lane's distinguishing Asian features. Upon
returning to Los Angeles, Lane goes to his family's home only to find
that his father, a respected banker, is being arrested and his mother
and little sister are being harassed. Maddie too returns home to face
the wrath of her brother. They live separated for a while as they try to
figure things out. Lane and his family are rounded up with other
Japanese Americans and bussed out to the desserts of New Mexico and
Arizona where they are taken to an internment camp. Under the ever
watchful eyes of U.S. Army guards they are given barrack housing and put
to work. A school is available for the children. But conditions are less
than humane. Lane is now the head of his family and must watch over
them. That is when Maddie, who convinces the powers that be that she is
pregnant with a Japanese child, willingly enters the camp to live with
Lane's family. Thankfully her brother TJ has joined the Air Force and is
not there to stop her. What happens over the course of the war is a
black spot on the history of our country. The conditions of the camp,
while better than those for prisoners of war, prove a hardship for these
proud people. Gangs begin to run freely and threaten the more peaceful
families. When Lane, in an effort to prove himself and his family as
loyal Americans, joins the Army as a special translator these gangs
terrorize the families of those men who have enlisted. In the end these
families, Maddie and Lane's mother and sister among them, are
transferred to another state where they stay until the war is over. TJ
is taken prisoner in the Pacific Theater of War while Lane, thinking
only of Maddie and the daughter she had borne, makes the ultimate
sacrifice. This is a romance that transcends the lines of heritage and
race. I truly enjoyed the story and felt personal connections with these
characters. The characters themselves are well rounded and we see them
each grow in different ways. A truly satisfying story, it provided for
me knowledge about a period of time that is rarely heard of - the
Japanese being rounded up like criminals simply because of who they
were. I will say that I like Letters From Home (Ms. McMorris's first
book) a little bit better than this one. That said, I can't give you a
definite reason why although I've tried to think of one. For readers who
enjoy the drama and intrigue of World War II with a bit of romance on
the side, this book is a definite read. The soldier who returns home to
claim his bride is there alongside the now-single parent of an
interracial child. There are moments of lightness as well as scenes
that will have you biting your nails. A solid story that you will
Posted June 29, 2012
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Another historical fiction that took me completely by surprise! Set in a time that I feel doesn't get too much press - the time after the attack on Pearl Harbor and about a group of people that felt discrimination but it isn't always publicized - the Japanese community. I was familiar with the the attack itself and what became after it, but only in a general history sense, definitely not the detail that is told through this interracial couple who defeat the odds.
Posted May 19, 2012
BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES is a finely crafted saga about families
BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES is a finely crafted saga about families affected by World War II and the internment of Americans of Japanese descent. McMorris takes important historical facts and weaves them into a fascinating story covering many facets of the lives of Japanese-Americans during this period. They must come to terms with a war against their homeland and their treatment as American citizens by their own government. Their neighbors must suddenly reevaluate their lifelong friendships. Is that family next door now the enemy? Before Maddie and Lane can settle into their new married life, Pearl Harbor is bombed. Maddie finds herself stuck between the two cultures. She is despised by many of her own people but not easily accepted by the Japanese, including her mother-in-law. Maddie’s brother, TJ has been as close as a brother to her new husband, Lane, their entire lives. TJ is conflicted about their mixed race marriage and the bombing of Pearl Harbor only deepens his concerns causing a falling-out between the two. Lane has always considered himself strictly American and must come to terms with his Japanese heritage, first in the internment camp and later in the US Army.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
McMorris does a great job portraying the war scenes as well as the interpersonal relationships. Her characters are well developed and intriguing. The use of 1940’s slang is a great addition to the dialog. The story is filled with love, hope and devastation. I highly recommend this book for everyone.
Heat Rating: Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy, mild violence or profanity.
Reviewed By: Jeanne Stone-Hunter for My Book Addiction and More
Posted April 22, 2012
Maddie falls in love with Lane, her brother's best friend and a
Maddie falls in love with Lane, her brother's best friend and a Japanese American. But her timing couldn't be worse. American is at war and all Japanese Americans are being sent to the relocation camps.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It's a bitter sweet story of life, love and death.
Most war stories don't end without someone dying. It's just part of the story. So I had a hard time getting started with this book. It was very well written, but I could sense some tough parts coming and I think I was dreading it a bit. The book is over 400 pages and if it's a depressing book it could have seemed never-ending. But the author had such a beautiful way of writing that I soon became immersed in the story and forgot my dread.
People do die. It is a story about war after all. But it ends so beautifully that it doesn't leave you with a sense of sadness. This would make an excellent book club book.
I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.
Posted July 11, 2013
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