Love on the Eve of World War II

Sophie and the Rising Sun by Augusta Trobaugh

4 stars

Lovely sweet story of two 50somethings finding love at the start of the second world war.   The hero was  an extremely mild mannered man of Japanese descent and the heroine was a spinster who had spent her whole life looking after her mother and aunts.  Most of the story was told through the eyes of the hero.  I really enjoyed how he felt so much for the heroine without even really knowing her.  And after they met, he really treated her like a princess.  I loved the description of the painting that he did of her and would have loved to really see it.

The book was a fast read but the story was slow moving and rather lyrical.  The imagery was lovely and the relationship seemed destined and true.

I could have used just a bit more concreteness at the end but all in all a very sweet story.

I received this from netGalley for review.


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