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    First WWII Romance I've ever read...Give me more!!

    Despite the serious undertone, Ms Hatfield weaves a beautiful love story during a difficult time in our nation's history. She tackles the subject of interracial love with a gentle but firm hand, not shying away from the prejudices people felt at the time toward the Japanese-Americans. At the same time, she shows the sympathy and compassion of those who hated the war but felt it was wrong to treat the Japanese-American community as the enemy, having them stand firm in that belief by continuing to support their friends. The hero is intelligent, funny, handsome and a good man who falls for a heroine who is strong and independent knows who she is and is proud of her heritage. Ms. Hatfield's characters are nicely developed and I could picture the landscapes clearly in my mind. I found myself laughing at some of the banter between Rock and Miko and especially little Petey who kept the characters on their toes and me looking forward to the next scene he was in. Between the tidbits of history, witty repartee, angst of being in love, sense of family and tradition and more than one threat looming on the horizon, I was thoroughly entertained by the first book in this new series. Ms. Hatfield is one of my favorite authors who knows how to write a "no sex scene" romance in a way that you never miss the "play-by-play" action. While I appreciated that Ms. Hatfield included more information in her afterword, it kept me from giving 5 stars. For me, there were a few unanswered questions where that information would've served better in an epilogue clarification. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next installment of this series.
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    I loved this sweet love story!

    The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor, and life is changing for Americans with Japanese heritage. Miko Nishimura is trying desperately to get back to her family before they have to report to the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese Americans. Thrown off her bus and forced to walk the last several miles to her grandparents’ farm, she arrives to find that her family has already left. What she does find is a soldier, unconscious and dying, on the porch. If she doesn’t get to the assembly center right away, she will become a fugitive in her own country, but she can’t leave him to die. When Captain Rock Laroux’s plane crashed, his career in the military ended. Now he is dying in a hospital and the doctors don’t know how to help him. Determined to die at his family home, he sneaks out of the hospital. In his weakened state, he makes it as far as a produce stand that he recognizes from his youth, and then collapses. When he awakens, he finds a beautiful Japanese woman who has saved his life. What a sweet love story!! This book lifted my spirits and filled my heart. It is filled with goodness, courage, tenderness, loyalty, sacrifice, kindness and love. Miko and Rock are both characters to emulate. I immediately fell in love with both of them. I loved the way they helped each other, worked together and respected one another. And the chemistry between the two! Wow! Shanna Hatfield definitely knows how to write romantic scenes! The side characters added so much to the story, even the ones that didn’t appear for very long. Petey, the neighbor boy, was definitely my favorite! He was full of life and always made me smile. The settings are expertly described. It was easy to picture myself there with the characters, from the awful conditions of the assembly center, to the farm, to the magical garden. (I want a garden like that!) And it’s not only the setting, it’s also the time period that comes alive. It’s a great start to a new series! I can’t wait for more!! I received an ARC of the book. These are my honest opinions.

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