spot_img

When Love and War-time Fears Collide…

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

In the years preceding America’s entry into World War II, a quiet Georgia town called Salty Creek is home to a peculiar and risky romance.
For quite some time, only polite and brief exchanges were ever had between a spinster named Sophie and Miss Anne’s courteous and enigmatic “Chinese” gardener, Mr. Oto. Miss Anne, a moral woman whose memories of the event are at the center of this tale, provides Oto with refuge after he arrives, disgraced, starving, and essentially dropped from a Greyhound bus, in Salty Creek. Then, Oto notices Sophie and begins to fall in love. Sophie, whose own true love was lost in World War I, has settled on leading a dull and miserable existence following the death of her female family members for whom she cared. But somehow she is drawn to Mr. Oto. Love always seems to find us when we are not searching…
…Eventually, a strong friendship develops between them. While the rest of the townspeople attend church services on Sunday, Sophie and Oto sit quietly by the river and paint. Both recognize the unconventional nature of their relationship and proceed with precaution as a result. Yet the passion they feel for each other slowly rises to the surface, just in time for hell to be unleashed.
Oto, who is only mistaken by the simple townspeople for someone of Chinese ancestry, is actually Japanese by descent (though he is California-born), and when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, he is forced into hiding to escape the onslaught of misguided aggression and, in some cases, unadulterated hatred. Now, Sophie and Miss Anne provide what they can to sustain Oto, but will it be enough, or are the divisions caused by war too great for them to bear?
Sophie and the Rising Sun is a romance that deals with the problems of racial tensions and gives us an account of love’s power to overcome even seemingly insurmountable obstacles, such as great disparities in age or ancestry. The novel is the most recent release from Augusta Trobaugh, whose stories have a lot to offer for those readers who can never get enough of romance. Sophie and the Rising Sun is pleasant and simple to read, but there is a certain intricacy to the plot. Perhaps it is the story’s ability to grapple with some difficult topics, or maybe it is the nearly poetic innocence of Sophie and Oto’s blossoming love (even in spite of its seeming so uncharacteristic). Whatever the reason, if you happen to be a fan of romance, you do not want to pass up Sophie and the Rising Sun by Augusta Trobaugh, available in bookstores everywhere.

Similar Articles

Comments

FOLLOW US

2,023FansLike
2,952FollowersFollow
11,200SubscribersSubscribe

Recent Book Trailers

Instagram

Advertismentspot_img

Don't Miss

Comedian, actor, writer, “Angry Retail Guy” Scott Seiss to publish debut book

0
Harper Celebrate, a gift book imprint of HarperCollins Focus, has announced a forthcoming book with comedian, actor, former customer service employee, and writer Scott...

New Release: All the Presidents’ Gardens: How the White House Grounds Have Grown with...

0
All the Presidents' Gardens: How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America By Marta McDowell The 18-acres surrounding the White House have been an...

Tales of Disastrous Dates From DC Gomez

0
Tales of Disastrous Dates By DC Gomez This collection of supernatural shorts will have you howling with laughter at the chaos of magical dating mishaps. From...

Hate On the Rocks The newest single by music phenomenon and Bram Stoker...

0
HATE ON THE ROCKS. I live the way I wanna live You live the way you wanna live I live beyond the past  And you’re mad at the...

Behind The Words With Susan May Warren

0
Today, we welcome bestselling author Susan May Warren to the blog. We'll be talking about her latest release ONE LAST SHOT. First, give us...

Sneak Peek: Death Unfiltered by Emmeline Duncan

0
Death Unfiltered by Emmeline Duncan Available for pre-order As the owner of Portland, Oregon’s popular Ground Rules coffee cart, hard-working young master barista Sage Caplin is...

Sneak Peek: ZANDI’S SONG by Zandile Ndhlovu

0
ZANDI’S SONG by Zandile Ndhlovu Children's Picture Book Zandi is a girl on a mission: to bring a message of conservation to the world. Zandi was always...

March Special: Authors and Pets — Mark Morton

0
Author Mark Morton shares life with pets and how they influence his writing.  On the small grain farm in Saskatchewan where I grew up, we...

Behind The Words With Jill Eileen Smith

0
Today, we welcome bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith to the blog. We'll be talking about her latest release THE ARK AND THE DOVE.  First, tell...

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2024: UPDATED YOUNEEK STUDIOS READING GUIDE

0
Find Your Story: A YouNeek YouNiverse Recommended Reading Order New Version Updated for 2024! Since 2012, Roye Okupe has been building a universe of superheroes that...