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Garden of Her Heart

(Hearts of the War #1)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Can forbidden love blossom amid the constraints of war? A sweet World War II romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield

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

Kindle Edition, 439 pages
Published December 7th 2016 by Shanna Hatfield
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Rebecca Skane
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I'm not a regular romance reader but I wanted this one because of the era and the premise. And it was absolutely excellent! Full review: Garden of her Heart Book Review
Glenda Kinard
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WoW just WoW it’s definitely not hard to see why Garden of Her Heart won RT Source Award. This book is not only an emotional charged love story it’s also a Wonderful History lesson on WWII. I learned things from this book I never knew about WWII. Shanna Hatfield has such a unique gift that not all writers have, she can weave Historical facts and events in her stories in such a way that leaves one saying WoW I never knew that, or how interesting I want to learn more about this.
Imagine being a in
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this as waves of nostalgia and tears rolled over me. Yes, I had an off-handed personal stake in some of the themes of this WW II romance so it was extra-special. Here's just a partial list of what this reader/reviewer loved about the book:

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
Julie Jobe
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From the first sentence, I was drawn into the story and Miko’s plight. Ms. Hatfield doesn’t shy away from the reality of the ridicule the Japanese Americans faced during World War II while still keeping the story hopeful. Her vivid descriptions of the people, places, and situations in the book will take you back in time to a bygone era and make you feel like you’re there. Every scene, every moment is filled with the poignant emotions of the time. You can tell that Ms. Hatfield did her research d ...more
Cindy Nipper
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by Shanna that wasn't a historical or contemporary Western! I hope this is just the beginning of a great series because this was a beautiful story and I can't wait to read 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
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ri ...more
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I was an exchange student to Japan, and I'm a big fan of history, so when I read the blurb, I just had to read Garden of Her Heart. I wasn't disappointed! It was a unique and fascinating blend of historical fiction and a friends to lovers romance, set in WWII just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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
Dorothy Roller
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am almost speechless with reason Shanna Hatfield wanted to write this amazing story.
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
Tina Hairston
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Ms. Hatfield gives us a touching read of strength, fear, courage, evil, hate of one race (I am not sure we have come too far from that day still), love, hopes and dreams in this sweet clean read. I really love how she wove the history into this read taking us back to a time when war was the first word anyone said. The author really brings home the injustices done to the American-Japanese in World War II. I loved how she entwined the romance with a war hero. Her details are so vivid you can almos ...more
Kristin Holt
I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of Shanna Hatfield's new sweet romance title, GARDEN OF HER HEART, in conjunction with the new release's blog tour. It's my genuine pleasure to review this title and share my highest compliments in a full book review on my website as a blog post (post will be live at 12 AM on 12-4-16):

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,
Stunning emotion packed read!!! It's about a romance
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
Nicole Normand
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book discounted on Amazon, thanks to the author; this is my honest review.
- 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
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review can be found here .

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
Marty Moore
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

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
Venessa Litewski
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing WWII story -- Following Pearl Harbor the U.S. rounded up & sent thousands of Japanese-American men, women & children to interment camps, this is the setting for the story Ms. Hatfield writes. Miko's entire family are locked away. Rock stumbles onto their farm after "escaping" from the hospital with plans to "die at home." Instead, Miko finds him and nurses him back to health; thereby missing the deadline to report to the "camp" -- and in the midst of their time together, they fall in ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An inside view from the horrific separation of American Japanese families in WWII. Rock and Miko save each other when war leaves them no choice. The farm gives them purpose, food, shelter, transportation and a place to be for healing. Will Miko let Rock know she loves him or keep them apart?As Rock heals his feelings deepen for Milo. They marry to protect Miko. Rock is patient for Miko to come around to profess she loves him before they consummate the marriage. Through several attacks on them th ...more
Janice Sisemore
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, read-in-2016
Garden of her heart

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.
Judy Esposito
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Garden of Her Heart!

Love it! A frightening time in our country's history, a secret garden, a little suspense, a beautiful love story! Great research in the writing of this book! Would make a wonderful movie. Can't wait for the next one! JudyE
Donna Campbell
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This was a very heartwarming story. It was sad rehashing a time in our country when there was so much hatred. Ultimately love prevailed though in this fantastic and romantic love story.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super interesting book. Didn't think I would Jap story but I fell in love with her. Very historical.

Great novel. Better read this one. Very historical book. I fell in love with both Mike and Rock. World War II story.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miko & Rock truly have a love for the ages! This was such a breathtakingly beautiful story, woven from an unthinkably horrible time in American history. I love his patience and her quiet strength, and enjoyed every step along the way. ...more
Sandra Melanson
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Have some good insight to the war and how our Japanese Americans were treated.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Was not sure if I would have any interest in stories about war, but seeing how I have enjoyed her other books, I gave it a try. To say I was certainly amazed with the stories. I think these touched my heart but in a different way. Even if you to are doubtful, give these a read, I am sure you will pleased.
InD'tale Magazine
While stories about the Japanese internment camps are out there, few cover the time period this tale does: just as the round ups begin.

Read full review in the 2017 March issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Luna Lovebooks
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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
Jennifer Craig
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rock and Miko – what a story! While I do not typically read books from this era, I found that I enjoyed it very much. Rock and Miko’s love built slowly, with them starting off as friends helping each other in a difficult situation. I loved both of these characters and thought the supporting characters were well written, particularly Petey, who added levity when needed.

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
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How often do you find a book where you enjoy reading the author's notes almost as much as the fantastic story? I loved how Shanna Hatfield shares peeks into her mind and the influences that inspired events in this story. The circumstances of the years depicted continue to influence our world today. Sadly, some of the prejudices also remain.

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
claire jones
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Set during a time when,even though born in America,entire families of Japanese descent had to give up their lives and go into detaining centres.Miko suffers insults and gets thrown off a bus 20 miles from home just for being a "Jap".However this is a sweet love story between Milo and injured soldier Rock.
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
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A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a best-selling author of clean romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor.

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

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