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on November 16, 2013
I read the jacket notes with anticipation, as my husband & I had recently been in both China and Japan. I thought - great! - here's a book that will tell a story of the two cultures living and struggling together here in America.

I was more than a little disappointed. I felt there was so much more under the surface that wasn't written - but maybe that is truly how the two cultures actually subsist in today's world?

It was interesting in the story of the internment of the Japanese in Seattle. Probably a lot like what we had here in Canada. There was a special friendship, bound by a common interest in jazz - that was deeply touching, but this could have been so much more.
Not a bad read and, at times, very good - but could have been so much more.
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on November 2, 2013
This book was recommended to me by a friend who's father was Japanese and who lived through this era. I read it just after my return from a trip to China. It is simply but expertly written in a manor to capture the reader's interest but also to share the cultural blend of the Chinese, Japanese and American influences on the history of those early pioneers. A wonderful, warm story of a tragic part of our history.!

I am recommending this to my grandchildren who live near Seattle.
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on August 28, 2017
This was fabulous book. Well written and very engaging. I learned a lot about part of history I knew little about and the love stories were touching. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend.
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on February 17, 2017
The internment of Japanese in America was something I as a Canadian had not thought about a lot. I am delighted, and saddened, to have read a novel that made me pause and think. Hope is often something we fear because it can lead to disappointment but without hope, we are guaranteed to live in disappointment.
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on March 25, 2016
Truly a "bitter sweet" story of love and family dedication. One could feel the same emotions as the characters while reading. Very well written.
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on March 25, 2013
I chose this rating because I felt the characters were well protrayed. I felt empathy for the Japanese people and the main characters of this book and I got a better view of how the American Japanese people were treated. It also kept it's moral integrity - which is very important to me when choosing a book. I would highly recommend this read.
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on February 19, 2013
This book was recommended by a friend after I commented that I was disappointed by the Marigold Hotel book. I thought this was a beautiful love story, set in the craziness that was the U.S./Canada world war 2 times. It encompasses racism, families, love and friendship and certainly makes you think about your own relationships. I was not disappointed with this book.
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on April 18, 2018
Very interesting novel set in history of japanese internment and enviornmet for japanese an chinese children during this period.
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on January 16, 2016
An easy read, the story touches the heart. It was an interesting read and I learnt more about the role of Japan during WW11. As the two main characters grow and develop, their lives are irrevocably changed by events that are beyond their control.
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on February 8, 2016
I really liked this novel. It was well written and the storyline was linked to such an important piece of history that is so often overlooked.
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