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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,531 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A man ahead of his time, Japanese college professor Masao Takashimaya of Kyoto had a passion for modern ideas that was as strong as his wife’s belief in ancient traditions. It was the early 1920s and Masao had dreams for the future—and a fascination with the politics and opportunities of a world that was changing every day. Twenty years later his eighteen-year-old daughter Hiroko, torn between her mother’s traditions and her father’s wishes, boarded the SS Nagoya Maru to come to California for an education and to make her father proud. It was August 1941.

On December 7, Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese. Within hours, war is declared and suddenly Hiroko has become an enemy in a foreign land. Terrified, begging to go home, she is nonetheless ordered by her father to stay. He is positive she will be safer in California than at home, and for a brief time she is—until her entire world caves in.

On February 19, Executive Order 9066 is signed by President Roosevelt, giving the military the power to remove the Japanese from their communities at will. Takeo and his family are given ten days to sell their home, give up their jobs, and report to a relocation center, along with thousands of other Japanese and Japanese Americans, to face their destinies there. Families are divided, people are forced to abandon their homes, their businesses, their freedom, and their lives. Hiroko and her uncle’s family go first to Tanforan, and from there to the detention center at Tule Lake. This extraordinary novel tells what happened to them there, creating a portrait of human tragedy and strength, divided loyalties and love. It tells of Americans who were treated as foreigners in their own land. And it tells Hiroko’s story, and that of her American family, as they fight to stay alive amid the drama of life and death in the camp at Tule Lake.

With clear, powerful prose, Danielle Steel portrays not only the human cost of that terrible time in history, but also the remarkable courage of a people whose honor and dignity transcended the chaos that surrounded them. Set against a vivid backdrop of war and change, her thirty-eighth bestselling novel is both living history and outstanding fiction, revealing the stark truth about the betrayal of Americans by their own government … and the triumph of a woman caught between cultures and determined to survive.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Sue (booknbeachbag) | 2/20/2014

    " Definitely one of the better Danielle Steel books that I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Dey | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this books setting and plot. I thought that it was interesting that she chose to place it during a time of war, but this made the hardships between the couple in the story more understandable. The couple in general was in a way, exciting, for the fact that it was forbidden for them to be together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by sandra | 2/16/2014

    " Two thumbs up!! Very touching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Asha Seth | 2/7/2014

    " Another one of those stories where the woman suffers and suffers and suffers. Sacrifices and sufferings is all the story is about. It is cute but depressing at the same time. "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 600 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

About the Narrator

Boyd Gaines’ many film credits include Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, Fame, and Porky’s. He’s won two Tony Awards for performances in the The Heidi Chronicles and the musical She Loves Me. On television he’s appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time.