I read A LOT. If you know me, you know this. I have always loved to read. In fact, I remember when I was little, my mother would catch me in bed with a flashlight under the covers reading when I was supposed to be sleeping. I would much rather curl up with a good book than curl up to watch a good movie – but that’s just me. I used to read 1 leisure book and 1 marketing/business book at the same time but lately I have just focused on one at a time alternating. I will do my best to give you feedback and suggestions every Friday so stay tuned and keep reading to hear about this book (if you haven’t already read it).

This week I read “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. This book came out in 2009 and I remember seeing it quite a few times but just never bought it. Well, last week I finally did and I am very happy I did so.

The story takes place during WWII right after Pearl Harbor. I love these historical fiction novels because you get to see and experience a side of history that is not typically taught in the classroom. As the US prepares to fight in the war, we react by assembling persons of Japanese heritage and placing them in concentration camps.

The author takes us on a journey of a Chinese boy who falls in love with a Japanese girl. I found it very interesting to read how the Chinese reacted to the war and the devotion Americans have to their country regardless of national origin.

I haven’t read a book that made me cry in quite a long time and this one made me cry. I won’t give away the ending but you will be racing to the end like I was to see how the story unfolds.

If you haven’t already read it, please go get yourself a copy. And if you have enjoyed this book, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.