Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

About the book

1986, The Panama Hotel The old Seattle landmark has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made a startling discovery in the basement: personal belongings stored away by Japanese families sent to interment camps during the Second World War. Among the fascinated crowd gathering outside the hotel, stands Henry Lee, and, as the owner unfurls a distinctive parasol, he is flooded by memories of his childhood. He wonders if by some miracle, in amongst the boxes of dusty treasures, lies a link to the Okabe family, and the girl he lost his young heart to, so many years ago.

Reviewed by Ladies of Lockswood Reading Group:

A very enjoyable book. American history explained to the reader for that period WWII with a love story of two young children from different ethnic backgrounds.

Star rating: ****

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