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Emancipated Heart Paperback – March 22, 2016
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Jan Cline combines her love of history and writing to weave stories from the past. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
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Emancipated Heart is a story of faith in the face of the most unthinkable circumstances. Much like Anne Frank's diary, this book is a piece of history with the humanity put back in. It would make excellent reading not only for historical fiction and World War II buffs, but for young people studying American history. Not just text book history, but the real, often untold, story.
I want to start a book club just to have people to discuss this book with!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The story begins with Papa-san's removal to an even worse prison, one reserved for dissidents who didn't meekly comply with the situation. The heartbreak they tried to hide to give their father and husband a hopeful sendoff on the train is enough to make a grown man cry. Hana tries to shoulder the responsibility for holding the two younger teens in line while comforting her mother and looking for ways to earn enough money to sustain them. Her mother's faith seems so inadequate and impossible to Hana.
Before the interment, Hana had earned her nursing degree, so she finds a job at the local hospital, working for one Caucasian doctor who hired her and treats her well, one who hates anything Japanese, and the head nurse who seems to hate everyone.
Now two men compete for Hana's favor--Neil Bennett, the Caucasian who hired her-- and John Yamada, a long-time family friend. Hana is undecided and reluctant to enter into anything, and her faith is nearly nonexistent in the face of so many hardships.
How will God triumph in this situation? How can Hana keep her family together until the Papa-san comes back? I strongly encourage you to find out by buying your own copy. I believe you will be lifted as well as educated!
I received a free preliminary copy of this book in return for an honest review.