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    Japanese lovrr

    Lovely heart warming story of unforbiden love..characters well developed and personality. Came through.
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    Beautiful

    This is another fantastic novel by one of the best authors. I recommend it for all fans of Isabel Allende and for readers who have never heard of her before. It's not corny, it's not overly emotional. Just a great love story.
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    :3 que bonita

    Hermosa Y más la cultura que se tiene allí Es una hermosa historia
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    Really liked it

    I recommend this book. A few twists and turns, enough to keep you turning the pages. Makes you think about aging and the end of life we all will face.
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    Characters need more depth

    Alma Belasco was a Polish Jew who came to live with relatives in San Francisco during World War II. There, the relationship between Alma and the son of her uncle's Japanese gardener began. Years later, Alma's care worker and nephew try to unravel the clues and secrets about this passionate love affair that lasted through war, social expectations, and marriages to other people. I was originally drawn to the book due to the never-ending resiliency of people who have suffered through great tragedies in their lives. However, I found Alma to be self-centered, spoiled, and difficult to like at times. I also felt there were a number of characters in the book that were not necessary and made the story more layered and complicated than it needed to be. I feel the book would have been more effective if it had focused on just a few central characters.
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