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Bridge Of Scarlet Leaves Paperback – March 1, 2012
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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 off the page and grab at your heart."
-- Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter
Top customer reviews
Lane and Maddie hid their romance until Lane's family told him that a matchmaker in Japan found his bride, and directed him to marry against his wishes. Their marriage and changes in society after the bombing curtailed Lane's aspirations to positively impact his country by interning for a member of Congress after graduating college. Maddie was a talented violin player who hoped to attend Julliard, but her dreams were also dashed by prejudice. Despite the young characters, the writing and story was mature enough to appeal to an adult audience. The pace of the book was steady and full of events in Lane and Maddie's relationship to fully develop their love and subsequent actions. To provide a complete view of the impacts of the war, the story moved between Lane interpreting for the army, Maddie trapped in an internment camp, and Maddie's brother on the ground in Asia as an American soldier.
I was impressed by how well the author describe this period of history through the young characters. The novel made several statements about family, friendship, and war, but these points were so belabored that I skimmed the last fifty pages because I'd had enough! Still, I appreciated the perspectives presented here, and this was a good read.
The author pays just as much detail on her relationships and the characters in them. Every attachment between our characters is nuanced and has incredible depth. They ebb and flow with the changing events of WWII on the American home front to become something very different than in the beginning of the book. The author takes the time to illustrate how these historical events impact her characters and their lives in wonderful ways. The characters themselves are also varied and show the impact the war has on people. Every single individual goes through varied changes and emerges at the end of the war as a more rounded person, changed for better or worse by the heavy impact of war and prejudice.
I really enjoyed this novel. It tells an intriguing story in a historical setting that is researched well. The characters and their relationships show the author’s skills in the characterization and story-telling department. I would definitely read more books by this author. This was a great introduction to her and the era and setting in general.
The characters stayed with me for quite a while after I finished the book, which to me is the mark of a good book. Spoiler alert: I do not understand what purpose was served by killing off one of the main characters. I did become annoyed with the author because of that.
But, I do recommend reading this book. And if you get it for free with a Kindle download, you really have nothing to loose.