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From School Library Journal
A thoughtful and moving story of forbidden love under the dual pressures of wartime and of intolerance, Within These Lines grabs you with its mix of fascinating historical fact and heart-melting fiction. Stephanie Morrill keeps you hoping against hope right up to the very last page. -- Caroline Leech, author of Wait for Me and In Another Time ― Caroline Leech, author of Wait for Me and In Another Time
Within These Lines will steal your breath, your heart, and your thoughts for days after you've finished. An always-timely look at prejudice and the importance of taking action combines with a tale of deepest love and self-sacrifice. Flawless and beautiful. -- Roseanna M. White, bestselling author of the Ladies of the Manor and Shadows Over England series ― Roseanna M. White, bestselling author of the Ladies of the Manor and Shadows Over England series
Poignant and evocatively relevant, Within These Lines is a tale of star-crossed love and heartrending discrimination with characters that leap off the page and challenge us to stand against the injustice in our own time. A gripping read! -- Lorie Langdon, author of Olivia Twist and the Doon series ― Lorie Langdon, author of Olivia Twist and the Doon series
Within These Lines will both break your heart and awaken it. Evalina and Taichi's story not only navigates a precarious romance, but it challenges racism, injustice, and the temptation to stay silent. Their boldness and call to action will stick with you long after you turn the last page. I applaud Morrill's storytelling and cannot recommend this book enough--a must-read for all historical fiction fans! -- Nadine Brandes, author of Fawkes ― Nadine Brandes, author of Fawkes
Within These Lines is a moving story of love, hope, and family set against the dark history of Japanese internment in America. This book had me captivated! -- Maureen McQuerry, YALSA award-winning author of The Peculiars and the upcoming Between Before and After ― Maureen McQuerry, YALSA award-winning author of The Peculiars and the upcoming Between Before and After
Thought provoking and timely, Within These Lines highlights a dark period in history. Through compelling characters, we see the injustice and feel the fears and doubts and dilemmas. But mostly, we see the shimmering ribbon of hope through Evalina and Taichi's unrelenting love. Stephanie Morrill has written a novel to ponder, a novel to cherish. -- Sarah Sundin, bestselling and award-winning author of The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us ― Sarah Sundin, bestselling and award-winning author of The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us
Heartrending and timely, Evalina and Taichi's story leaps off the page. Morrill deftly weaves history and fiction together, shining a light on the realities of America's World War II-era home front through the eyes of her fiery and steadfast protagonists. From start to satisfying finish, historical fiction readers won't want to miss Morrill's latest. -- Hillary Manton Lodge, author of A Table by the Window ― Hillary Manton Lodge, author of A Table by the Window
In fiercely beautiful prose, Stephanie Morrill delivers a timely new novel that sheds much-needed light on racial conflict and trauma experienced on the home front during World War II. An evocative, impeccably researched story of love, loss, longing, and the necessary hard work of reconciliation, Within These Lines offers characters who will inspire readers long into the future. Historical fiction fans, this is a must-read for 2019. -- Karen Halvorsen Schreck, author of Broken Ground ― Karen Halvorsen Schreck, author of Broken Ground
It's 1942, and in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, California teenagers Evalina Cassano and Taichi Hamisaki fight for their right to love each other. Evalina is the daughter of Italian parents who own an Italian restaurant, and Taichi is the son of Japanese parents who provide the produce for the Cassanos' restaurant. Evalina and Taichi vow to love each other and never give up. However, as Taichi settles into life at Manzanar Relocation Center, in the shadow of Mt. Whitney, and Evalina prepares for her first year at Berkeley, the obstacles become more than they can handle. Japanese is peppered throughout, and the author's extensive research helps to create a rich and engaging atmosphere that will transport readers. Both Evalina and Taichi develop as their stories unfold, and readers get to see them mature and grow as their circumstances evolve. and shy;VERDICT A solid pick for anyone who enjoys historical fiction or romantic tales of love, loss, and reunion. Recommended for general purchase.--Maryjean Bakaletz, and shy;Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ -- School Library Journal ― School Library Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- File size : 1988 KB
- Print length : 352 pages
- Publication date : March 5, 2019
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Blink; Reprint edition (March 5, 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DT3WYXR
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #751,613 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Evalina Cassano and Taichi Hamasaki were never meant to be together ... yet they are determined to be together anyway. But that was before Pearl Harbor. Before people saw an enemy in the slant of Taichi's eyes and the tint of his skin. Before he was evacuated to a detainment camp with no idea of when or if he'll be allowed to leave. What can two young people fresh out of high school do in the face of such overwhelming opposition?
After reading an advanced reader e-copy of this book, I knew I needed my own hard copy version. I was a little skeptical at the love story premise at first. I like my fiction to be clean and relatively free of sappiness. Happily, I can report that this book, though definitely holding a love story, is both clean (a few mentions of kissing) and any sappiness holds a hard won place in the story.
WWII holds such a prominent place in our countries history. Our memories of the Greatest Generation are closely tied to heroic deeds and rousing patriotism. In the midst of all the well deserved laud, it's easy to overlook the grimmer parts of the USA's journey through WWII. Morrill does a fantastic job of shedding light on this page of history with raw realism, sensitivity, and relevance.
I'm still processing the themes and lessons of this book, but this quote from Evalina resonated with me, "As the brilliant sunset cools to gray, I vow my anger over blatant discrimination will not cool. As these rocks stay steady through season changes and time, so I will remain steady. I will not be silent. I will not let this go.” Stories like this remind me not to judge neighbors (Luke 10:25-37) based on fear and assumptions. Stories like this inspire me to be courageously compassionate, fiercely loyal, and graciously determined. And stories like this remind me that holding to one's convictions and moral compass is always the right course of action, even when your pride is bruised and your loyalty tested.
I'm excited for this book to release and for others to enjoy it as much as I did.
P.S. Want to read another book set around the Japanese Internment Camps? Try Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata.
Within These Lines far exceeded my expectations. After reading so much WWII fiction, most of which is focused on military stories and nurses, having a story based in California about a totally different subject is a nice change. It's so cool to get a new perspective and see what life could have been like for an average citizen during the war.
I related with Evalina more than I've related with any other character. Her determination, her "unique combo of fire and grace" (love that one xD), her tender heart toward the oppressed, and empathic spirit so strong she can almost feel other people's pain... I related to the empathetic side of her so much. The desperately wanting to not care so much. *sobs*
How Evalina handled her friendships at home and college was also really neat to see. She had struggles with friends. Struggles knowing what friendships to let go. I feel like that's a pretty common thing to deal with in this phase of life that not a lot of books address, so I really appreciated that element.
I didn't know much about the Japanese-American camps during the war. I knew they existed, but I had no idea what they were like and the horrors that went on inside. This book was a perfect glimpse into that, and was entertaining as well as educational.
Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this book!
Set against this historical backdrop of turmoil, fear, and racism, Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill tells a heart-rending, yet beautiful story of love that perseveres, even when all else is against it.
Though Evalina Cassano and Taichi Hamasaki are fictional, their lives pulse with such compelling authenticity that you forget - even if for a moment - they’re characters in a novel and not living, breathing souls.
Yet their story of hope in the face of utter darkness and their courage to fight for what is right is inspiring. Even though this story takes place many decades in the past, it rings with timeless truths about the dangers of letting fear dictate our decisions, and reminds us of the value and dignity of all human life. That’s a message as needed today as it was in 1942.
This story gripped me from page one. By the time I read the final line, I’d not only learned more about our country’s history - and events that did affect real people - but I was also reminded of the importance of acknowledging the truth of where we’ve been so that we can live justly and love our neighbors.
I believe that’s a testament to the power of stories like Within These Lines.
Top reviews from other countries
After Pearl Harbor’s attack, all Japanese and Japanese American population are going be relocated to internment camps, so Taichi and Evalina are separated, and not only will they fight for their love but for their rights as human beings...
I loved this book! You could feel Evalina and Taichi’s devotion and love, I rooted for them and I just wanted to be there to hug them. Both of them wanted to protect each other so badly. I love how different they were, Evalina was outspoken and a fighter while Taichi was more introvert and a peace-maker, I just loved the dynamics of their relationship.