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    Their love could not be broken.

    This is a story of friendship, war and a forbidden love which cannot be broken. The time is the beginning of WWII and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The setting is an isle on the coast of Canada. Hayden and Chidori grew up together. They played together as children, became close friends as teens and fell in love as young adults. Now they are looking at college, but WWII comes along. Chidori is Japanese American and Hayden is Canadian. They start getting disapproving message from their parents and from some people in the community. There is talk of internment camps for Japanese Americans that live on the coast of Canada. No one can break the two up. Hayden goes to war to fight to end the war. He asks Chidori to wait for him and they both agree to wait for each other. Hayden's plane is shot down and he is captured and taken to a Nazi POW camp. The story tells of his time spent in the POW camp . He never receives a letter from Chidori and his mother never talks about her in the letters she sends. He keeps Chidori's picture with him at the camp. His friends help him as he has horrible nightmares every night. He is beaten, starved, and becomes depresses, but manages to hold on for Chidori. His story at the camp is very sad but the friendship with his fellow POW's is amazing. When he is liberated at the camp by the Russian's he returns home and finds that Chidori's family is no longer there and has been forced to leave. He is heartbroken and becomes very depressed. He searches and writes letters and tries to find where Chidori and her family have gone. When he has almost destroyed himself with alcohol and depression his mother confesses that Chidori wrote him and she kept the letters from him because she thought it was for the best. He reads the letters and goes to find Chidori. Does he find Chidori and do they get back together? Well you will have to read the book to find out. It is a great read and you will not be disappointed. I recommend the book I enjoyed it and I am sure you will as well. Thanks to Danielle R. Graham, Harper Collins One More Chapter, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advance copy of the book.
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    All We Left Behind

    Very interesting and touching story of love lost and found. Historical novels always make me sad as there is an element of truth and despair involved but the power of forgiveness always overcomes.
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    Historical Fiction Young Adult

    Hayden Pierce and Chidori Setoguchi are childhood friends they grow up together in Mayne Island in Canada. As children they played together, they got into all kinds of mischief as six year olds, a group of them all hung out together as teenagers and now both are young adults. Girls mature faster than boys, so Chidori knew she was falling in love with her best friend and eventually Hayden discovers he feels the same way about her. The rumblings of WW II are hard to ignore, Hayden isn't that concerned but his family are and so are Chidori's due to the Setoguchi family being Japanese Canadians. Both families are worried when Hayden asks Chidori to start going steady, they want to get engaged and eventually marry. They both notice people are starting to become hostile towards the Japanese Canadians and when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December 1941 things change. First they introduce a curfew for the Japanese Canadians, then they are considered enemy aliens, they are forced to leave town and sent to a interment camp. Hayden is upset, once Chidori's family is sent away he's furious and he thinks the only way to get her back is to join up, fight and help end the war. He and Chidori made a pledge to wait for each other, one day they will be together again and they plan to get married. Hayden trains to be a pilot, his plane is shot down in enemy territory, he suffers from terrible burns and spends months in a German military hospital, once he recovers he's transported to POW Stalag camp in Germany. Life in the camp is horrible, the food is shocking, the prisoners spend most of the time in their huts and get to walk around outside for an hour each day. Months go by, he finally receives mail from his family and nothing from Chisori. He's reunited with his friend Gordie, but by this time Hayden is in bad shape, he's lost a lot of weight, he suffers from nightmares and develops tremors in his hands. The camp is finally liberated by the Russian army in May 1945 Hayden is excited, then he discovers he can't eat a lot, he needs to get stronger before he's shipped home and it's a slow process. His parents are delighted when he returns home, everything has changed and none of the Japanese residents have returned to Mayne. Hayden is shocked to discover why, he also sets out to find Chidori and her family? All We Left Behind is a story about friendship, young love, war, tragedy and how badly one group of people are treated by the Canadian government and how they had all their rights, property and freedom taken away from them all because of their Japanese heritage. I really enjoyed the book, it's classed as young adult historical fiction and I gave it four stars.
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    Charming & Challenging Wartime Historical Romance

    Disclaimer: Danielle is a friend, so rather than telling you why *I* loved the book, I'll give some reasons why you might love it: - charming island town (I totally want to visit Mayne Island now!) - gutwrenching wartime scenes (but not, like, too brutal) - covers Japanese internment (underreported chapter in Canadian history, the writing takes a light touch, showing some deeply upsetting moments but doesn't get exploitative/trauma-porny) - nuanced characters who develop over time - adorable 1930s/40s mixed-race couple - great historical details! - super relevant to our current moment & shows how quickly things can go sideways - accessible style, works for teens or adult readers - IDK how to say this without getting spoilery, but the ending is more romance-y than lit or historical fiction-y (HEA) which helps balance out the traumatic subject matter (feel-good read?) Conclusion: pick it up if you're a fan of (mild not spicy) romance stories, historical fiction, Canadian history, etc.!
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