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Bridge Of Scarlet Leaves Paperback – March 1, 2012
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-- 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
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It brings out the hardships of war on the home front. Sometimes life can be full of hard choices and there's not always a fairytale ending. Read morePublished 1 month ago by boysnonna
I loved this book.....very poignant and the sadness is touching you feel it.....it is sad to read about what we humans can do to each other in the name of race, creed etc.Published 1 month ago by Read001
It was a wonderful read and learned more about the what happened to the Japanese during World War II.Published 6 months ago by Melvena Taylor
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is historical fiction at its finest. The author effortlessly weaves facts and fiction, creating a vibrant, heartfelt story of enduring love during a time... Read morePublished 6 months ago by SUSAN PETERSON
I felt like I was reading a book written for teenagers. It jumped from one event to another without any real understanding of what I just read. There was no depth. Read morePublished 7 months ago by sue
I am a fast reader, if the author is flowery with words I READ THE FIRST SENTENCE, than go too next paragraph, With this book I wanted too read every word, Very well written.Published 7 months ago by Meddaugh
“Rarely did she deviate from tracks laid in reason.” (p. 93)
“Yet the misfortune had become a meaningless hiccup in the grand scheme.” (p. Read more