Garden of Her Heart
The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese Americans, she’s kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her close...more
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The romance between Rock and Miko attacks the prejudices of that time with a mixture of sensitivity and sadness and an over-arching hope in a brighter future. The pain-staking research into the subject matter throughout the story is clearly evident. The ...more
My own Aunt is Japanese and she married my Uncle about 20 years after WWII! I always thought it was normal but after hearing this story I'm even more amazed by their wonderful marriage (they are still happily married), and the acceptance of my family towards my Aunt! I've very proud to be ...more
Miko Nishimura is Japanese-American. She is supposed to be reporting to the Portland Assembly Center, along with all of the other Japanese-Americans in the area, but she's having difficulty finding a w ...more
I have heard about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II as I don’t think I ever learned as much about it as I did in this book. My heart goes out to those who’s families were interned in these awful camps. This is a story of survival in many ways.
This is a sad, happy, heroic, and yet a story of love, hope, endurance, pride, patriotism, and the ability to stand tall, with grace, and live no m ...more
I fully enjoyed the hero and heroine, Kamiko "Miko" Nishimura and Rock Laroux. Their love story drew me in and had me rooting for them, ...more
that seems impossible. This fantastic story is full of rich
historical detail combined with a sweet love story
It weaves exquisite detail into the finest story. This was
a vey authentic and well-researched story. I felt like I’d
slipped back in time to Portland, Oregon in 1942. It was
a time when native born American citizens of Japanese
heritage were treated with distrust and relocated to
detention center that were deplorable.
The major charact ...more
- I'm going to start by quoting the author herself: "As a writer of romance books interlaced with tidbits from history, I strive to convey an authentic glimpse into the period. The sights and smells, the sounds and tastes, the triumphs and struggles of daily life shared in the book help immerse readers into the story."
- This is exactly what she achieved with this story: the kitchen's smells, the lovely picnics ...more
This story immerses the reader into WWII times and the plight of how Japanese-American’s were treated after the bombing of Pearl Harbour. It was unsettling to learn how they were being treated but the story was not depressing. Ms. Hatfield gave me hope that Miko would be okay. The descriptions of the various settings were so well done that I felt like I was able to fully picture everything as if I was right there. I was hooked on the story from the beginning and easily ...more
This story is about the Japanese internment during WWII. The first character, Rock, we meet when he's in the hospital recovering from a plan crash during his military days. He's in bad shape and it looks like he would die. He leaves the hospital, intent on going home to his farm.
Meet character number two; Miko, she is Japanese American, on her way home from a friend's place so she can go with her family to the internment camp.
Rock doesn't have enough money for bus fare all the way hom ...more
I was given a advance copy of this book by the author for my honest opinion. I really connected with the characters. I loved Miko and Rock story. I could tell the author did a lot of research. This is book one of a series, I cannot wait for the next one. This book really had me on edge of my seat, so good from the very start to the very end, I did not want it to end.
This a touching read full of strength and courage, fear and hate of one race, love and dreams. This is a beautiful clean read that mixes the injustices done to Japanese-American’s during World War II with the hope that love can be found.
Ms. Hatfield does an incredible job of describing what life was like for many Japanese-American’s during this time. She doesn’t sugar coat it. The research that was done on the era and the con ...more
This is not your typical Shanna Hatfield story. For those of you who have enjoyed many of her other stories, this one is deeper a ...more
I love how this is not not an instant attraction novel. It is a true romance, built on historical fact and tragedy. The heroes are worthy of our admiration. T ...more
Danger lurks in the form of a salesman who wants Mikos' grandparents farm for himself,not just from the threat of arrest.I liked the added touches of the music and the radio shows being listened ...more
In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her histor ...more