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China Dolls

By Lisa See18404427

Hello book lovers. Now you know that I was going to review this one right! If you have been reading my blog, you would know that I couldn’t pass this one up!! Lisa See is a great writer in my opinion. I will read anything she writes!! Yes I have read all of her books!! This is a great cover and the title and cover represent the book well. This is her latest book just released June 3, 2014 by Random House. Oh, and I actually had to buy this one!!

In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls from very different backgrounds, find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco’s exclusive “Oriental” nightclub, the Forbidden City. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family who have deep roots in San Francisco’s Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. At times their differences are pronounced, but the girls grow to depend on one another in order to fulfill their individual dreams. Then, everything changes in a heartbeat with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps under suspicion, and Ruby is one of them. But which of her friends betrayed her?(Goodreads).

These girls become sisters by chance and friends by choice. Each of them has their own painful story of the past and their survival. When their secrets and actions of betrayal come to light will the sisterhood survive?

This book contains three strong women characters each with their own interesting stories to tell. You become  immersed into their lives and the time period of the novel. We are given a look at World War II and it’s events from a new and different  perspective. The changes that occur in the US as the Japanese are persecuted and sent to internment camps and the effects of the war on the entertainment industry. It keeps you involved in the story and it is an easy read. Definitely the best book that I have read in a while!! If you are at all interested grab it and take a look!!! I give this book a strong 4 out of 5.

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