My book club picked this book and I put off reading it because of the title. Truth of fact I thought this book might be something a little more racy then I am use to reading. I am a murder mystery kind of person. Give me a Lee Childs’ Reacher, Stuart Woods Stone Barrington, or even J.D. Robbs Eve Dallas and I am in reading heaven. But, I joined the book club to broaden my reading horizons, so on to The Japanese Lover.
I had not heard of Isabel Allende, the author, but she has written a number of books. I have to say I loved The Japanese Lover. This is a romance that spreads from 1939 to 2013, but it is so much more. The main character, Alma Belascoe, was born in Poland but comes to the U. S. to live with family. She was raised by her Aunt and Uncle who were very wealth. She lacked for nothing, which spoiled her. Since she came from the “upper crust” she had a reputation to uphold. Both of these facts colored every decision she made.
Alma is telling her life story to her grandson Seth and her caregiver Irina as a way to document family history. But really she is telling her story to her grandson to have him visit more often and have him close. Irina has her own story which does come out towards the end of the book. This is a beautiful story about love, love lost and love found. To me this book was one of those books that you hurry through because you can’t wait to find out what is going to happen, but then regret when the book is finished.