I decided that I needed to make the effort to read more of those books. (Plus, it'll make room for more. ;) ) I would read at least one paperback a month.
This month, I scanned my shelves to see which book would catch my eye, would become my paperback pick of the month.
I figured I would do a little blog post, much like my Monday Book Spotlights, for these paperbacks. If you follow me on Instagram, then there's a good chance you've already seen the picture of this month's paperback, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris.
From the bestselling author of Letters from Home comes a poignant novel of love and courage, set against one of the most controversial episodes in American history: the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
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.
When her husband is interned at a war relocation camp, Maddie follows, 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.
It was just as good as it sounds! Here's what I said on Goodreads about it:
Loved! It's been like five years since I last read a book by McMorris and over that time, I often thought about that book, knowing she was a must-read author for me. Finally, finally, I took the time to read this book. From the first page, I was able to remember why I love her writing so much. Such a fantastic book that'll break your heart a few times. Undoubtedly looking forward to reading more of her work!
Be sure to check out all of her books, especially Letters from Home, which is the first book I read by her. That's my paperback pick for this month! I don't know what I'll choose for March, but I'll keep ya post!