Friday, April 19, 2013

Review: Garden of Stones By: Sophie Littlefield

Garden of StonesGarden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets." - Gloria Stuart

This book amazed me. A tale of a dark stain on American history and those that survived. The story flashes back and forth from 1978 to 1941 and beyond.
As Patty prepares for her wedding police come to the door to ask her mother, Lucy about Reginald Forrest. A name from the past, one of many names from a dark time, a time she never talked about.
Lucy Takeda spent her early years in LA, upper middle class, having nice things and a good life. Her father owned a plant, her mother, Miyako suffered from manic depression. When Lucy's father dies, her mother, an "Auntie" (neighbor), and her are rounded up by the War Replacement Authority and placed into Manazar refugee camp.
A story of mother and daughters, of the evils of the world, of what you would do to protect the ones you love - this book is filled with an amazing depth of story, character. Filled with details that embrace the reader and touch the senses and heart. Twists and turns as secrets are unraveled and revealed only to the reader making us realize the depth of love and secrets made for protection. Actions make one morally question these characters - a perfect quote -"If her mother's gift have bound up with suffering, Lucy knew it was a gift of mercy. She would never tell anyone.."
This book would be great in a book club, so much to discuss and enjoy with other people. I also know I have found an author to follow

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