Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Garden of Stones - Sophie Littlefield Book Review

 Garden of stones - Sophie Littlefield.
Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield weaves a powerful tale of stolen innocence and survival that echoes through generations, reverberating between mothers and daughters. It is a moving chronicle of injustice, triumph and the unspeakable acts we commit in the name of love.

Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up — along with thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans — and taken to the Manzanar prison camp.

Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever...and spur her to sins of her own.       
My thoughts
3 1/2 stars
Garden of stones is a story that will not only pull at your heart strings but have you blown away by the sacrifices for love.
There are many scenes within this story that will have you cringing in horror – cause your insides to do flips, and also cry with the characters for the love and scarifies they choose to make.
I’ve never read anything about the Japanese – and American rounding up before and this story surely does pait a vivid picture and portrays the United States in a very black and bleak light.
The characters within the story are very well described, and detailed. Making you as the reader believe all that is scripted within the pages.  Life isn’t easy at all for them. And with the book having so much depth within the characters you can relate to them from beginning to end.
As a reader one can only hope good things for the characters in this story. But it certainly wasn’t painted a perfect picture.
The end was not what I had wished for – but overall this story was intriguing and certainly interesting from the first till last pages.  I learnt a few things I never knew. aka as mentioned above.
It’s a serious and certainly very in-depth read, and with Sophie’s vivid descriptions you can certainly visualize the Manzanar camp and many more scenes within the story.  
Not really my kind of story after reading this book, but the book was certainly well written and I think being a mother it certainly brought to real life the things we would certainly do to save the ones we love.
 Thank you to Harlequin for suppyling this book for my honest opinion and review.