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Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Kristina McMorris

Publisher: Kensington

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An “impeccably researched and beautifully written” novel about a California marriage threatened by the Japanese internments of WWII (Karen White, New York Times–bestselling 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’ words reach right off the page and grab at your heart” (Sarah Jio, New York Times–bestselling author of Blackberry Winter).   “Readers of World War II fiction will devour [this] poignant, authentic story.” —Jenna Blum   “This gripping story about two ‘brothers’ in arms and a young woman caught in between them hits all the right chords.” —Publishers Weekly   “A sweeping yet intimate novel that will please both romantics and lovers of American history.” —Kirkus Reviews

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