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Publisher's Summary

An "impeccably researched and beautifully written" novel about a California marriage threatened by the Japanese internments of WWII (Karen White, New York Times best-selling author of The Sound of Glass).  

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.   

Maddie follows when her husband is interned at a war relocation camp, 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 - in this "beautiful, timeless love story... McMorris's words reach right off the page and grab at your heart" (Sarah Jio, New York Times best-selling author of Blackberry Winter).

©2012 Kristina McMorris (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 06-13-20

I suppose the enunciation is good

I could not even listen to the book. The narration is over the top and I I'm not interested in listening to the book anymore. It's too bad, because I was interested in the premise of the actual story but I just can't listen to this narration.

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Thoroughly Enjoyed

The narration by Ms. Cooney was excellent. I loved it when she spoke in Japanese. There are many stories about the internment camps and their occupants, but this story was my favorite! I would highly recommend this book.

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narrator didn't match

The story was good, but the narrator made it sound like a young adult or juvenile fiction book.

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Characters come to life

Another masterpiece from the famous McMorris. An inside look of multiple characters' lives that intertwine to make quite the heart gripping story. A story of all that is good & bad in humans. How beneath it all, we are so similar yet so very different. The narrator, again, truly encompasses every beauty character in this book with her different abilities of voices. You'll listen & swear you are watching the actual film.

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Touching story of American Japanese

Great story of American Japanese around World War II period and the ordeal for POW.