Saturday, March 9, 2019

Fascinating! "Within These Lines" - by Stephanie Morrill

About the book:

Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family living in San Francisco in 1941 is quiet and ordinary until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite the scandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up their farm and move to a Japanese-American internment camp.

Degrading treatment makes life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi’s only connection to the outside world is treasured letters from Evalina. Feeling that the only action she can take to help Taichi is to speak out against injustice, Evalina becomes increasingly vocal at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he will ever leave the camp alive.

With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to their ideals and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable odds.

My review:

This was a wonderful, fascinating story I had a hard time putting down!  I didn't know very much about what Japanese-Americans went through during World War II, especially what living in internment camps would have been like.  It really opened my eyes to the hardships they endured and how terribly they were treated by the government and sometimes also by other people. It made me angry to see the injustice but fascinated with how Evalina and Taichi dealt with it.  I loved these characters!  Evalina was a wonderful person, full of passion and principles.  I loved how she stood up for what was right, even though sometimes she spoke before she thought.  And stubborn!  But definitely in a good way.  Taichi was such a sweet, respectful guy.  I liked his honesty, bravery and how much he cared about people.  They really had a lot to overcome and the story kept you guessing whether or not they would make it.  There was a little bit about faith such as church is mentioned and Evalina prays at different times for people.  The writing is great and I highly recommend this wonderful story!

I received this book from JustRead Tours.  This is my honest opinion. I was not compensated for this review.

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