BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES
February 28, 2012
Kensington Books, Avon/HarperCollins UK
$15 U.S./$16.95 Can
Historical women's fiction
Rating: 5 Cups
Maddie Kern is a violinist who is striving to make a happy life with her brother despite the death of their mother. Since her mother’s death, her father has retreated inside himself and has not spoken once. She is hoping for a bright spot in her relationship with Lane, her brother’s best friend. They have kept their romance a secret from their families.
Lane Moritomo is the son of Japanese immigrants. He has been successful in his academics and is currently in college hoping for a bright future with Maddie. But as soon as he and Maddie secretly marry, the bombing of Pearl Harbor changes their lives forever, making his family and he enemies and victims of ignorance and fear.
Maddie follows Lane and his family at a war relocation camp, hoping this war will be over soon. She also hopes to earn her mother in-law’s respect and acceptance. Maddie’s brother T.J. and her husband Lane both take the opportunity to prove their allegiance to their country never expecting what lay in store for them.
I cannot express in words the talent I feel Ms. McMorris has for storytelling. She takes fact and fiction and combines them so well that the reader is very moved by what she writes. In Bridge of Scarlett Leaves, Maddie, Lane, T.J. and the rest of the cast tell a story of another place in time that seems to be heart aching among the glimpses of happiness. This was a controversial part of American history that left many uncertain of their futures, including the characters in this story. Be a part of their story as they go through love, loss, forgiveness, and joy and grab your copy today.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More