Tokyo Hearts: A Japanese Love Story

Tokyo Hearts: A Japanese Love Story

by Renae Lucas-Hall

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A fascinating exploration of life in modern-day Japan, Tokyo Hearts is a poignant love story that will catapult you directly onto the fashionable streets of this nation's capital and into the hearts of Takashi and Haruka.

Takashi is a young and popular university student who has fallen in love with his stylish and sophisticated friend Haruka. She is sweet and kind and adores shopping for high-end Japanese and Western brands.

Every week, they meet up in the heart of Tokyo, enjoying each other's company, and for Takashi, life is perfect. But the path to true love is never easy. When Takashi discovers that Haruka is seeing her wealthy ex-boyfriend from Kyoto, his life begins to turn upside down.

This coming of age story traces the lives of Takashi and Haruka and their friends as they deal with young love and the ups and downs of growing up in Tokyo - truly one of the most stylish, energetic and exhilarating cities in the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781908886927
Publication date: 04/04/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 714 KB

About the Author

Renae Lucas-Hall is an Australian born British novelist and writer. After graduating from university with a degree in Japanese Language and Culture, she lived in Tokyo for two years and taught English. Over the past twenty years, Renae has continued to visit Japan many times for work or as a tourist. She lives in Gloucestershire in the UK with her husband and their Siberian Husky. For more about Renae and her next novel, please go to

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Tokyo Hearts - A Japanese Love Story 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kim_connor More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely delicate romance, beautifully painted out by Renae, the author. The story flows seamlessly and is as though you're part of the narration. So enviable and enjoyable rare romance. The author has a way of stealing your admiration and attention, and never letting go. It's been long I had a romance like this. Haruka and Takashi are quite some characters. I'll just have to read this book, yet another time.
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of those books where I was just the wrong audience. I simply do not care what other people wear or possess, and I have no interest in fashion and designers. So you can hopefully see my predicament when I came across all these characters who were totally obsessed by shopping, clothing, brands and designers, bags, cars, wealth, possessions and outer appearance. I just could not warm up to them at all. The main character’s father somewhere along the lines mentions: “Marry for love but love where the money is.” Well, that about sums up the characters and the story. There’s Takashi, a hard working university student from a modest background, who fancies Haruka, who used to be a fellow student of his, but dropped out to help look after her sick father. Still, the two keep meeting regularly in Tokyo for coffee. But then Takashi finds out that Haruka is also in contact with Jun, who is very wealthy. Who will Haruka marry in the end? Love triangle? Not so much. Emotional? Nope. Romance or love? Well, the love of all things materialistic. Lots and lots of talk about who bought what and who is driving a BMW or a Mercedes. Classified as a young adult book and a coming-of-age story, there was also some weird obsession with acne, which made me cringe. The dialogue felt terribly stilted. Do young Japanese people really talk like this to one another? On the positive side, it was a relatively short listen at just under 6 hours. Probably a nice listen if you are keen on the geography of Japan and some Japanese culture. Sorry, but that’s all I’ve got. The narration by Billlie Fulford-Brown was not much better either. It was hard to tell the difference between female and male characters. The narrator sounded robotic and dull. It felt like listening to somebody reading off a paper rather than listening to a performance of an audiobook. There were no issues with the quality of the production. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]