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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758246854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758246851
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"McMorris's second novel (after Letters from Home)... gracefully blossoms through swift prose and rich characters. This gripping story about two 'brothers' in arms and a young woman caught in between them hits all the right chords."
-- Publishers Weekly

"A sweeping yet intimate novel that will please both romantics and lovers of American history."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"A wonderfully poignant tale... this WWII novel has a refreshingly different point of view."
-- RT Book Reviews

"Rich in historical detail, peopled with well-developed characters, and spiced with tension and drama, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is a novel to savor, and then to share with a friend."
-- The Historical Novels Review

"If you're looking for a great love story that will tug at your heartstrings, then look no further. REVIEWER'S TOP PICK."
-- Night Owl Reviews

"Highly recommended to all history buffs who enjoy epic stories and beautiful prose."
-- Historical Tapestry

"Readers of World War II fiction will devour [this] poignant, authentic story..."
-- Jenna Blum, international bestselling author of Those Who Save Us

"Impeccably researched and beautifully written...I highly recommend this book!"
-- Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Beach Trees

"An unputdownable love story...[McMorris'] attention to detail is meticulous, the East meets West clash between cultures--revelatory."
-- Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Good Graces

"A beautiful, timeless love story...McMorris' words reach right of the page and grab at your heart."
-- Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter

More About the Author

Kristina McMorris is a critically acclaimed author published by Kensington Books, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins UK. Her works of fiction have garnered more than twenty national literary awards and appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her novels include LETTERS FROM HOME, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES, and THE PIECES WE KEEP; her novellas are featured in the anthologies A WINTER WONDERLAND and GRAND CENTRAL.

Prior to her writing career, Kristina worked as a host of weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy® Award-winning program, and has been named one of Portland's "40 Under 40" by The Business Journal. She lives with her husband and two young sons in Oregon, where she is working on her next novel. For more, visit http://KristinaMcMorris.com

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This is a very well-written historical romance/love story set during WWII.
Pamela
Rarely do I cry at the end of books, but I was def. teary-eyed when I read the last page.
Deanna L. Fisher
This story is a story of love, heartbreak, loss forgiving and learning to live again.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laura Kay on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
After suffering the loss of her mother, Maddie Kern is about to audition for Julliard. Her future is full of music and promise. She lives in California with her older and very protective brother TJ who is now watching over her, while their dad is unable to face the reality of his wife's death. Maddie is secretly in love with Lane Moritomo, TJ's best friend and is planning on keeping it all hush hush until the right time.

What could be wrong with that? They are young, in love and have their whole lives ahead of them. When Lane's parents unexpectedly tell him a Japanese matchmaker has found him a match and he will marry in the next few months. With news of an impending marriage the couple runs off and elope. When they wake up the next morning, not only has their world chanced but the world around them has changed with the news Perl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese. Lane, his family and other Japanese immigrants all over the country are suddenly looked at as the enemy.

TJ angry at his best friend and mad at his sister joins the war effort and enlists. Lane's family loses everything and heads off to a relocation camp, after realizing they can't survive. Lane determined to do right by Maddie leaves her behind. But now Maddie is viewed as a traitor by those around her and she no longer seems to fit anywhere.

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves follows Maddie, TJ and Lane through WWII. Maddie goes off with Lane's family where his mother is less than enthusiastic to have her around. TJ and Lane both become soldiers. I would say this is the most moving novel I have ever had the pleasure to read. I immediately loved Lane, he was so sweet and thoughtful. The whole world was placed on his shoulders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Kitzmiller on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Can you imagine the situation in which Maddie and Lane find themselves? They are deeply in love, but know that they will face opposition from both of their families because Maddie is white and Lane is Japanese. So they decide to elope, figuring that everyone else will just have to accept their decision. But the morning after their wedding, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, and they are now faced with prejudice and hatred they could never have imagined.

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves follows Lane and Maddie and Maddie's brother TJ through the years of the war. Kristina McMorris paints a vivid picture of what life was like for an American woman married to a Japanese-American man - and that picture made me so ashamed of this period in our history. I loved the fact that Maddie didn't let the racism and prejudice she faced keep her from being true to her love for her husband. She is a terrific character, one whose fight and loyalty won me over.

McMorris takes her readers from the internment camps to the bloody island battlefields of the Pacific Theater, and every word was perfectly placed to completely immerse the reader in the experience. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and lovely book, and one that reminds me why I love historical fiction so much.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alma M. Katsu on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
A great piece of storytelling that accurately captures the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII: I was happy to receive an Advance Reader's Copy of The Bridge of Scarlet Leaves because of my interest in this period. A Hapa myself, I learned about the internment from my father-in-law, who had been interned as a boy during the war, and his experiences led me and my husband to learn as much as we could about this complicated, sad episode of American history. While the Bridge of Scarlet Leaves follows the experience of a Caucasian bride of a Japanese-American man who chooses to follow her husband into the camps--a side of the story rarely told--the novel does a wonderful job capturing all sides of the story. Ms. McMorris is especially skilled at depicting the lives of Japanese-Americans at the time, from the complicated dynamics within families to faithfully showing daily life in the camps. The Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is ambitious, a mix of romance, historical, family saga and even war story, but Ms. McMorris does an outstanding job balancing her many tales and even her combat scenes are well done. A good choice if you're looking for an all-around excellent read, and an even better book club choice.Bridge of Scarlet Leaves
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl Book Reviews on September 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
**I received an advance reader copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review and many others can be found on my blog, That Artsy Reader Girl**

1. I really felt for Maddie and Lane throughout the entire book. Their relationship was kept a secret, they never showed any signs of affection in public, they had to elope last-minute because Lane's father had already picked out his wife, and then the war and accompanying tragedies split them apart and made their lives so much harder than anyone deserves. Lane's parents were against the marriage, and Maddie's brother (TJ) demanded she get a divorce, even though Lane was his best friend. Actually, TJ was so mad about it that it helped fuel his decision to join the Army to fight against the Japanese, often picturing Lane in his mind as he shot the enemy.

2. Before I read this book, I had not understood the magnitude of the racism and segregation the Japanese-Americans dealt with. I admire both Maddie and Lane for their strength, for following their hearts, for looking past the opinions of others, and for sticking with each other, no matter the hardships involved. They were both so young, yet they had a more realistic picture of how life should be than the majority of the people they came across.

3. I learned a lot from this book. I was not aware of the camps the Japanese-Americans had to stay in once Pearl Harbor was bombed. The entire west coast pushed them away, out of their homes and businesses, searched and ravaged their homes for signs of treason, and forced them into dirty camps like prisoners. This internment lasted the duration of World War II. You only had to be 1/16th Japanese to receive this kind of punishment. Children were ripped away from their families. Spouses were split up.
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