Sophie and the Rising Sun: review

Sophie and the Rising SunSophie and the Rising Sun by Augusta Trobaugh

An unforgettable story of an extraordinary love and a town’s prejudice during World War II.

Sophie and the Rising Sun “suggests the small but heartwarming triumphs made possible by human dignity and courage.” –Publisher’s Weekly.

In sleepy Salty Creek, Georgia, strangers are rare. When a quiet, unassuming stranger arrives—a Japanese man with a secret history of his own—he becomes the talk of the town and a new beginning for lonely Sophie, who lost her first love during World War I.  Middle-aged Sophie had resigned herself to a passionless existence.  That all begins to change as she finds herself drawn to the mysterious Mr. Oto. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Mr. Oto’s newfound life comes under siege; his safety, even in Salty Creek, is no longer certain.  Sophie must decide how much she is willing to risk for a future with the man who has brought such joy into her life.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You never quite knew where this was going to head next, but each destination and waypoint where just right.

The whole book is a delight.

I liked the changing story-teller; it gave a fresh view on the action and deeper understanding of the characters. This device made the ending work far better than a simple third-person telling would have managed.

The main characters were delicately and exquisitely drawn – just like the Crane-Wife. The conflict between personal and public opinions and actions that characterises this book left me wondering what I would do in a similar situation.

I got this free kindle download from Amazon.

I’m claiming this book as No. 14/150 in the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge and No. 6 in the Why Buy the Cow? Reading challenge.
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