Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves From the bestselling author of Letters from Home comes a poignant novel of love and courage set against one of the most controversial episodes in American history the aftermath of the bombing of Pear

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  • Title: Bridge of Scarlet Leaves
  • Author: Kristina McMorris
  • ISBN: 9780758246851
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the bestselling author of Letters from Home comes a poignant novel of love and courage, set against one of the most controversial episodes in American history the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.Los Angeles, 1941 Violinist Maddie Kern s life seemed destined to unfold with the predictable elegance of a Bach concerto Then she fell in love with Lane Moritomo.From the bestselling author of Letters from Home comes a poignant novel of love and courage, set against one of the most controversial episodes in American history the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.Los Angeles, 1941 Violinist Maddie Kern s life seemed destined to unfold with the predictable elegance of a Bach concerto Then she fell in love with Lane Moritomo Her brother s best friend, Lane is the handsome, ambitious son of Japanese immigrants Maddie was prepared for disapproval from their families, but when Pearl Harbor is bombed the day after she and Lane elope, the full force of their decision becomes apparent In the eyes of a fearful nation, Lane is no longer just an outsider, but an enemy.When her husband is interned at a war relocation camp, Maddie follows, sacrificing her Juilliard ambitions Behind barbed wire, tension simmers and the line between patriot and traitor blurs As Maddie strives for the hard won acceptance of her new family, Lane risks everything to prove his allegiance to America, at tremendous cost.

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    1. I'm so excited to share this book with all of you! As the daughter of a Japanese immigrant father and Caucasian American mother, I was raised living between cultures, not until later in life understanding where I fit in. It is this search for identity that I infused into a love story complicated by WWII, a tragic time when friends were labeled enemies overnight. I hope you enjoy following the characters' journeys as much as I did exploring them!

    2. Wow, where do I start? This book was wonderful! It tells a tale of two people who come from different races and fall in love. After they elope, something horrible happens. The bombing of Pearl Harbor and both of their lives are never the same. Bridge of Scarlet Leaves hooked me from page one and never let me go! This book made me laugh, giggle and cry. I loved Kristina's first book, Letters From Home, but, dare I say, I LOVED this one more. It tugs at your heart strings and never lets go. I thin [...]

    3. In November of 1941, in Los Angeles, California, violinist Maggie Kern is hiding something from her brother, TJ. She is in love with his best friend, Lane, who happens to be Japanese. TJ has always been protective of his little sister, especially since an accident that took their mother’s life and their father’s mental health, and he wouldn’t approve of the relationship.In order to force their families to accept their love for each other, Maggie and Lane elope, but their days of wedded bli [...]

    4. WWII, Japanese internment, music, and love.Maddie Kern has it all at the beginning of this novel, a best friend, a great job, and her future at Juilliard secured for her by a benefactress for violin. She also has Lane, her brother's best friend, who she has fallen in love with. Her brother, TJ, comes back from USC, and finds out about their hidden affair, and then Pearl Harbor happensBefore Maddie knows what to do, her life is torn away from her and her family. Lane and his family get shipped aw [...]

    5. I had never read anything by Kristina McMorris before, so when I saw this book at my local Dollar Store and decided to buy it strictly because it was set during WWII, I had no expectations. After finishing the book, and crying my eyes out, I can say now that McMorris is a true talent. Though Bridge over Scarlet Leaves isn't a literary classic, I believe it should be, because McMorris was able to craft a story told time and again, but make it new, refreshing, happy, and heartbreaking. I went in r [...]

    6. ❖/June 22, 2012: I-i-iii I'm in a glass case of emotion!SIMPLY MESMERIZING.Let's scratch the synopsis part. Please just look up the synopsis yourself before reading this review.*WARNING: YOU HAVE ENTERED THE ZONE OF A 14-YEAR-OLD FANGIRLING* Ahhhhh~so the blurb says "Lane risks everything to prove his allegiance to America, at tremendous cost".well, that TREMENDOUS COST is definitely a tremendous one (not going to spoiler).Before I began readingBridge of Scarlet Leaves , I didn't expect it to [...]

    7. Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is a story with a wonderful blend of love, loss, forgiveness and self-realization. It became much more than a war love story. The bombing of Pearl Harbor signalled the beginning of a war that would have a significant effect on the relationship of Maddie Kern, an American and Lane Moritomo, a Japanese-American. Their struggles are not just against their society, their country but from within as well. Family, tradition and race are barriers that they will have to face.The [...]

    8. **Review Copy Provided By Author**I have to admit that I finished this book up over the weekend, but it took me a couple of days to write the review because I wanted to think though some of my feelings. After Letters From Home, I wasn't sure if Kristina could follow up with an equally powerful second book, so I was surprised when Bridge of Scarlet Leaves not only equalled by exceeded Letters from Home.In a similar fashion to the writing style in Letters from Home, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves tells [...]

    9. This author has the uncanny knack of writing stories that are very easy to read and combine the elements of history and a romance with a profound sense of the era. The Japanese and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the mistrust and the prejudice that came from it are all brilliantly related here. The characters of Maddie and Lane are wonderful. This author puts one solidly back in this time period with a depth of feeling and emotion that is impressive. Anyone who liked her last book, Letters from Hom [...]

    10. I found this story well-written and surprisingly, unpredictable. I was surprised because it was nothing like the many Japanese-internment-during-WWII stories I've read thus far and I've read quite a few. I feared it would be a regurgitated tale that I'd already read, but first of all, the combination of a Japanese man with a Caucasian woman was unique, as was the story of the heroine learning her husband's culture, the sideline of her brother dealing with his hatred issues, and the shocking twis [...]

    11. From my blog.Maddie Kern is a budding violinist with dreams of attending Julliard. Her brother, TJ, has his own dreams of playing baseball. At the opening of the novel, they are both still reeling from the loss of their mother in a car accident and the subsequent catatonic state of their father. TJ is very angry at his father as he feels he is to blame for the accident; however, Maddie continues to visit her dad in the nursing home, playing the violin for him with little to no reaction.When she [...]

    12. First thoughts after finishing: The author broke my heartI am always grateful to authors when something they crafted with love touches me on such a deeply emotional level. This book pulled me in from the first chapter and I couldn't bear parting with the characters when the story ended. I have to say that I found this story thought provoking, often stopping to tell my husband what was occurring because I would get so upset over some of the actions of Americans toward Japanese Americans. I couldn [...]

    13. As she did with Letters From Home, Kristina McMorris has once again written a story of passion, trials, friendship, family and beauty that will stay with the reader for a very long time to come.Maddie Kern is a good girl. This nineteen-year-old has been through a lot of stress, losing her mother and having her father holed up in an institution because he simply refuses to speak to anyone - wrapped up in a past that he simply can’t escape from. Maddie’s biggest goal in life is to play her vio [...]

    14. This book is a true journey -- back to the WWII era and into the lives of a racially mixed couple (Japanese male, white female) and their families before and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Kristina McMorris is truly gifted at creating a sense of place and culture, down to the smallest -- which are sometimes the most significant -- details. Characters are believable, and I came to truly care for them as they grew despite adversity. This story will stay with you, and seems perfect for book clu [...]

    15. I loved this book! The storyline was familiar, about Japanese Americans interned during WWII and the abuse they were subjected to. However, the characters in this book were so likeable, it presented the topic in a new light.I also really enjoyed the author's style of writing. She made me care about the characters quickly, and I found myself late at night reading 'just one more chapter'. At one point, I was talking to the characters, telling them 'no, don't say that, you dope!', etc. I knowweird. [...]

    16. My only disappointment is that I've read the only two books she has out! So sad there aren't anymore for me to read right now! She's brilliant, she's researched this time period and her love of this romantic time period shines through in the details. Details that don't once become boring. I didn't ever skip through any of the book. Love this Author!

    17. I really enjoyed this book. I was not that familiar with what happened to Japanese Americans during WW11, so the plot of the story did educate me. The main character, Maddie, was very real-life to me, & she was determined & brave, traits I admire in a young woman. A good read.

    18. Fantastic! I love a book that can teach me something about history while maintaining an incredible story line.The setting in the beginning of the book takes place in California just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor which then of course was the start of WWII. The story revolves around three main characters, Maddie Kern, her brother TJ Kern and TJ's best friend Lane Moritomo who is the son of Japanese immigrants.Lane and Maddie fall in love but hide it from TJ. Due to Lane's Japanese heritage hi [...]

    19. Characters Worth Caring About:It would’ve been easy for any author to lose sight of the importance of characters when dealing with a setting so monumental as World War II, and plot elements such as interracial relationships and the internment of Japanese-Americans during the war. These are topics that would’ve consumed the focus of many a fine writer. The temptation would be to use a broad brush, to put the readers’ wide-lens focus on the issues, and the result would often be to have woode [...]

    20. The exploration of interracial relationships during the height of wartime chaos sparked my interest. After reading the book's synopsis, I quickly dove in. Having loved Letters From Home, I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, something just didn't connect for meMaddie Kern and Lane Moritomo had succeeded in hiding their budding relationship from Maddie's older brother, TJ. However, Lane no longer wanted to hide their love. Maddie was not yet ready to explain their situation to her brothe [...]

    21. anovelreview/2012After suffering the loss of her mother, Maddie Kern is about to audition for Julliard. Her future is full of music and promise. She lives in California with her older and very protective brother TJ who is now watching over her, while their dad is unable to face the reality of his wife's death. Maddie is secretly in love with Lane Moritomo, TJ’s best friend and is planning on keeping it all hush hush until the right time.What could be wrong with that? They are young, in love an [...]

    22. Fans of Kristina McMorris' debut, Letters From Home, will not be disappointed with her new novel. Bridge of Scarlet Leaves casts that same vintage spell, whirling you back to a moment in history so full and vivid it is hard to believe it was over a lifetime ago. The infusion of Japanese heritage only adds to the authenticity of the story. Hard to put down and easy to pick up again, this novel is one to remember.More than chronicling three small-town lives, that of Maddie Kern, her brother, TJ, a [...]

    23. Description- Los Angeles, 1941. Violinist Maddie Kern's life seemed destined to unfold with the predictable elegance of a Bach concerto. Then she fell in love with Lane Moritomo. Her brother's best friend, Lane is the handsome, ambitious son of Japanese immigrants. Maddie was prepared for disapproval from their families, but when Pearl Harbor is bombed the day after she and Lane elope, the full force of their decision becomes apparent. In the eyes of a fearful nation, Lane is no longer just an o [...]

    24. This book was sent to me by the publisher for review. Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is the first by Kristina McMorris that I have read. A historical romance is not the kind of book I tend to read and that being the case I wasn't sure how I would like it but at the end of the book while wiping tears from my eyes I knew it was a book I was glad to have the pleasure of reading. An interracial romance is now not a big deal it was however at one time huge. The romantic aspect of the story while clearly a [...]

    25. Talk about two star crossed lovers. In 1941, a Caucasian woman and a Japanese male fall in love. Maddie Kern and Takeshi (called Lane) Moritomo grew up the same neighborhood. He is her brother, T.J.'s best friend. T.J. friendship is thoroughly tested throughout this book as he doesn't expect his sister to fall in love with his best friend.The two manage to slip away and marry. The very next day the Japanese attacks Pearl Harbor and all hell breaks loose. Lane finds himself unwanted in his own co [...]

    26. I should have stopped early on when I first laughed at the cheesy descriptions of affection between the two main characters. I knew then that the book was probably not going to be that appealing, but it was an easy enough read so I continued on. I realize I'm one of the few here to dislike the book and am truly surprised so many give it five stars, but I reserve five stars for truly incredible books, and this falls way short. For one, the characters as well as the relationships between them are [...]

    27. Read my full review @ bit/WxC2qyMy opinion: As the imprisonment and the government sanctioned theft of Japanese Americans possessions has been of great interest for me as long as I can remember. Very few fictional books have been written on this subject and the majority of books I have read have been non-fiction and/or memoirs.Ms. McMorris has a gift at presenting historical fiction set during WWII with characters who invite you in to their world and inner most thoughts. She gives a history that [...]

    28. Review originally appeared on GreatThoughts: greatthoughts/2012/03/"Readers of WWII fiction will devour Kristina McMorris’ Bridge of Scarlet Leaves.” – Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author.I could not agree more. Since reading Unbroken, by Lauren Hillenbrand last year, I have been reading almost all historical fiction. When I read Jenna Blum’s review I knew I was going to love this book, not only is it historical fiction, but set during WWII, just like Unbroken. Bridge of Scarle [...]

    29. On a dreary winter’s day in 1941 California natives Maddie Kern and Lane Moritomo elope in Seattle where it’s legal for a mixed race couple to wed, Lane born in the US the son of Japanese immigrants is all Maddie ever wanted in a spouse and vice versa but little did they know that the disapproval of their families would be the least of their worries, that the whole nation would soon be against the union when the very next day Japan would attack Pearl Harbor. Thus begins this countries fall f [...]

    30. It is 1941, and violinist, Maddie Kern, is deeply in love with her boyfriend Lane. Lane, the son of Japanese immigrants, and the best friend of Maddie’s older brother, feels the same, and the two secretly elope. They know their love will be disapproved of, especially by Maddie’s protective older brother, and Lane’s strict, traditional Japanese parents who intended for an arranged marriage, but neither can predict what is about to happen: the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Now, Lane, his family, [...]

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