Bridge of Scarlet Leaves
Reviewed by Sandra McGregor
I recently received a copy of Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris and was asked to read it and review it. After reading the blurb on the back page, I wasn’t sure it was one I’d enjoy. It’s not what I would have normally purchased to read for entertainment and relaxation.
The chapters are short—only two or three pages each, and by the time I’d reached the third chapter, I was hooked. I was captivated by the tender story of young love, despite numerous challenges that rise to keep them apart. Maddie is Caucasian and Lane is Japanese…at a time when mixed-race marriages were deeply frowned upon.
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves begins in late 1941, just before Japan bombs Pearl Harbor—a time when any person of Japanese descent, or even anyone who sympathized with them, was ridiculed and not trusted. Despite it seeming as if the entire world is against them, Maddie and Lane find a way to be together. Each must make sacrifices, but even when they’re separated by forced internment and then when Lane joins the war effort as a translator, their love remains strong and their hope for a better future continues to burns bright.
Kristina McMorris did a beautiful job of weaving the Japanese culture into the story, bringing each individual to life on the pages and drawing you into the story until you hate to see it end.
I highly recommend Bridge of Scarlet Leaves.
5 Petit Fours and 2 Hot Tamales
Be sure to stop back by on Thursday, March 8th to chat with Kristina McMorris as our featured Guest Chef.