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Forgiveness is the deadliest force on earth. War might be raging overseas, but Rose Onishi is on track to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a concert pianist. When forced by her government to leave her beloved home in Vancouver and move to the Canadian prairie to work on the Thornes' sugar beet farm, her dream fades to match the black dirt staining her callused hands. T Forgiveness is the deadliest force on earth. War might be raging overseas, but Rose Onishi is on track to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a concert pianist. When forced by her government to leave her beloved home in Vancouver and move to the Canadian prairie to work on the Thornes' sugar beet farm, her dream fades to match the black dirt staining her callused hands. Though the Thorne family is kind, life is unbearably lonely. In hopes that it might win her the chance to play their piano, Rose agrees to write letters to their soldier son. When Rusty Thorne joins the Canadian Army, he never imagines becoming a Japanese prisoner of war. Inside the camp, the faith his parents instilled is tested like never before. Though he begs God to help him not hate his brutal captors, Rusty can no longer even hear the Japanese language without revulsion. Only his rare letters from home sustain him especially the brilliant notes from his mother's charming helper, which the girl signs simply as Rose. Will Rusty survive the war only to encounter the Japanese on his own doorstep? Can Rose overcome betrayal and open her heart? Or will the truth destroy the fragile bond their letters created?


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Forgiveness is the deadliest force on earth. War might be raging overseas, but Rose Onishi is on track to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a concert pianist. When forced by her government to leave her beloved home in Vancouver and move to the Canadian prairie to work on the Thornes' sugar beet farm, her dream fades to match the black dirt staining her callused hands. T Forgiveness is the deadliest force on earth. War might be raging overseas, but Rose Onishi is on track to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a concert pianist. When forced by her government to leave her beloved home in Vancouver and move to the Canadian prairie to work on the Thornes' sugar beet farm, her dream fades to match the black dirt staining her callused hands. Though the Thorne family is kind, life is unbearably lonely. In hopes that it might win her the chance to play their piano, Rose agrees to write letters to their soldier son. When Rusty Thorne joins the Canadian Army, he never imagines becoming a Japanese prisoner of war. Inside the camp, the faith his parents instilled is tested like never before. Though he begs God to help him not hate his brutal captors, Rusty can no longer even hear the Japanese language without revulsion. Only his rare letters from home sustain him especially the brilliant notes from his mother's charming helper, which the girl signs simply as Rose. Will Rusty survive the war only to encounter the Japanese on his own doorstep? Can Rose overcome betrayal and open her heart? Or will the truth destroy the fragile bond their letters created?

30 review for Rose Among Thornes: an inspiring World War II historical fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sundin

    Thoughtful and timely. In Rose Among Thornes, Terrie Todd shows the difficult conditions faced by Japanese-Canadians in World War II—a topic rarely explored in novels—as well as the horrific treatment of prisoners of war. Both Rose and Rusty have reasons to hate, reasons never to forgive. Through their struggles, we see the cost of not forgiving and the blessings of forgiveness. A beautiful story that makes you feel—and think. Highly recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marylin

    I’m not one to read a lot of historical fiction, but - Wow! This was a deeply touching story to read. I actually loved it for many reasons. I had no idea the Canadian-Japanese people experienced the same things as the American-Japanese people did. I was captivated and taken on an emotional journey through this book. Being married to a man whose parents are American-Japanese, I learned they experienced many of the same things, but they were American-Japanese citizens. I’ve always felt what these I’m not one to read a lot of historical fiction, but - Wow! This was a deeply touching story to read. I actually loved it for many reasons. I had no idea the Canadian-Japanese people experienced the same things as the American-Japanese people did. I was captivated and taken on an emotional journey through this book. Being married to a man whose parents are American-Japanese, I learned they experienced many of the same things, but they were American-Japanese citizens. I’ve always felt what these individuals went through was a shame. The one thing about American/Canadian-Japanese people is that you will very rarely hear them complain or demand justice for the wrongs done to them. Terri Todd brought in a phrase that they used, and it is so true to their lives. Shikata ga nai means, “It cannot be helped.” This is their nature and the way they pay honor to their families. I’m proud to be related to them. Terri Todd does a wonderful job depicting many of the struggles these dear people dealt with. Her story flowed and was well written. The images of what these characters went through on a daily basis held my interest. Thank you, Terri Todd, for writing such a wonderful story of devotion, honor, respect, love, and forgiveness. And a story of God’s healing hand. I highly recommend you pick this book up and read it, it just might change how you view things, and each moment in your life! I was given this book by the publisher which did not influence my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    Terri Todd tells a story of the difficult times and conditions that the Japanese-Canadians had during WWII in her novel Roses Among Thorns.  This story describes some of the horrible treatment that took place to these “prisoners of war” and people of whom many of were born and raised in Canada and had never even set foot on Japanese soil.  This is a though provoking and beautifully written story that readers will be drawn to.  It is thoroughly researched and the details of the story really bring Terri Todd tells a story of the difficult times and conditions that the Japanese-Canadians had during WWII in her novel Roses Among Thorns.  This story describes some of the horrible treatment that took place to these “prisoners of war” and people of whom many of were born and raised in Canada and had never even set foot on Japanese soil.  This is a though provoking and beautifully written story that readers will be drawn to.  It is thoroughly researched and the details of the story really bring to life what these amazing people went through.  This book comes highly recommended. Genre: Christian, historical fiction Publisher: Stream Media (Heritage Beacon) Publication date: August 31, 2021 Number of pages: 336 Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible.  A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.​

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Rose Among Thornes by Terrie Todd is a really powerful historical Christian novel that revolves around the theme of forgiveness. It has its roots grounded in fact. The story is set from 1941 in Canada and also in Japanese Prisoner Of War camps. Some Canadians had Japanese roots and were viewed with suspicion by many. ”Overnight, the Onishis had become the enemy.” The Canadian government rounded them all up to re-house them either on farms or in internment camps. Terrie Todd has written a marvellou Rose Among Thornes by Terrie Todd is a really powerful historical Christian novel that revolves around the theme of forgiveness. It has its roots grounded in fact. The story is set from 1941 in Canada and also in Japanese Prisoner Of War camps. Some Canadians had Japanese roots and were viewed with suspicion by many. ”Overnight, the Onishis had become the enemy.” The Canadian government rounded them all up to re-house them either on farms or in internment camps. Terrie Todd has written a marvellous tale showing the imprisonment of many during the war years. Some prisons carried on beyond the end of the war as characters imprison themselves through bitterness and unforgiveness. The racial prejudice towards fellow Canadians is awful to see. “They were patriotic Canadians.” Many of the Japanese Canadians had not stepped foot on Japanese soil, being born in Canada. Life in a Japanese P.O.W was atrocious. There are some hard to read scenes but the reality would have been far worse. Belief in God was as vital as air and food to survive. Soldiers needed hope for their souls. “Either God did not see him… or He didn’t care, or He was not as powerful.” To question the presence of God was understandable as the cruelty raged. Doubt is not the opposite of faith. Soldiers needed to rely on the deep foundations of their faith in order to call upon it and to cling on to the hope that God did see and would deliver. Experiences can make us bitter or better. We must forgive others or risk forever living in a prison of bitterness. War inflicts horrendous pain on all sides. As a historian who has studied WWII in detail, I did find it hard to read about the nuclear bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as I knew the devastation caused, and our son had recently been to the Peace Museum in Hiroshima and found it incredibly moving. There was much to forgive on both sides. The whole novel is grounded in God. There are portions of scripture and lessons for us all to learn. We are all sons and daughters of the King. Sometimes our battles are not against flesh and blood, they are spiritual ones. Rose Among Thornes was a tremendously powerful novel that totally consumed me. I received a free copy from Just Read. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    Oh my goodness, I just finished this marvelous story. Thank you author Terrie Todd for writing such an important story on so many levels. I loved it. I'm still pondering this amazing story. Rose Among Thornes would make a terrific movie. This beautiful and captivating story will stay with me long after I finished the last page. Topics of friendship, enemies, love, hate, very difficult wartime experiences, and forgiveness are honestly examined. Author Terri Todd brilliantly paints a picture both a Oh my goodness, I just finished this marvelous story. Thank you author Terrie Todd for writing such an important story on so many levels. I loved it. I'm still pondering this amazing story. Rose Among Thornes would make a terrific movie. This beautiful and captivating story will stay with me long after I finished the last page. Topics of friendship, enemies, love, hate, very difficult wartime experiences, and forgiveness are honestly examined. Author Terri Todd brilliantly paints a picture both at home and abroad of real injustices committed during WWII. In this powerful story, a soldier struggles with forgiveness after being severely mistreated as a prisoner of war in Japan, and a superbly talented hoping-to-be concert pianist is forced to leave home with her family by the government and moved to the interior of Canada to do manual labor. The impeccable research that went into the telling of this story, and the talented pen of Terrie Todd make for a compelling and unforgettable story. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would! I highly recommend Rose Among Thornes, thank you to the author for allowing me to read an early copy. All opinions are my own. I also purchased a copy for my keeper shelf!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Warner

    Terrie has done extensive research for this story which is woven seamlessly into the telling of this period of Canada's history. Overall, I felt a great sense of humility , which I think is a good starting point on the road to seeking forgiveness. I will endeavor to remember this as a Settler in this great country. Terrie has done extensive research for this story which is woven seamlessly into the telling of this period of Canada's history. Overall, I felt a great sense of humility , which I think is a good starting point on the road to seeking forgiveness. I will endeavor to remember this as a Settler in this great country.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa's Reading

    I love this genre and I love this book! In the beginning we are introduced to the Onishi family who live a very modern life in Vancouver. The daughter has her dream, of being a professional pianist, in sight until Pearl Harbor changes everything. When America and Canada are drawn into WWII, fear of Japanese citizens goes out of control. Canada, like the US, decides to place all citizens of Japanese heritage into camps. Rose and her family must give up everything to be moved around like cattle. T I love this genre and I love this book! In the beginning we are introduced to the Onishi family who live a very modern life in Vancouver. The daughter has her dream, of being a professional pianist, in sight until Pearl Harbor changes everything. When America and Canada are drawn into WWII, fear of Japanese citizens goes out of control. Canada, like the US, decides to place all citizens of Japanese heritage into camps. Rose and her family must give up everything to be moved around like cattle. They are forced to live under terrible conditions and treated like slaves. Thankfully, God was with them and had a plan to bring good out of all the sadness. The family ended up working for a farm family, who were very kind. The Onishi family lived in a poorly constructed cabin and had to work in the fields, get wood to heat the stove, and prepare their own food. The farmers were Mr and Mrs Thorne and their son Rusty, who was in the service. They were a Christian family. As Mrs Thorne befriended Rose, she encouraged her to write letters to Rusty. Rose and Rusty became close through their letters, but Rusty didn’t know Rose was Japanese. When Rusty was captured by the Japanese, he was tortured and abused in various prison camps. The book describes many of the horrible things he went through. In addition, he had a crisis of faith. On one hand, he was the strong Christian who encouraged those around him with songs and verses. On the other hand, he had times where he couldn’t see or feel God’s presence. When Rusty is finally freed and returns home the sight of Rose is horrifying to him. The Thornes decide to keep the Onishi family away from their son, as they prayed for him to forgive. Rusty isn’t the only one who was filled with hate. The author also points out how the entire country had hate for the Japanese. The country wanted to ship them all to Japan. Rose and her family had much fear and didn’t know what was going to happen to them next. Rose was facing the end of her dreams. Would she have to move to a country she didn’t even know? You will find that this is a wonderful Christian book and one that you can’t put down. I highly recommend this book to everyone. There is some content about the war that is hard to read, but it is handled sensitively. The author studied real experiences of Japanese citizens to write this book. You’ll really have to think about the issue of forgiveness and how it’s the right thing, especially for a Christian. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Ulferts

    This book is absolutely excellent from beginning to end! I have read a lot of WWII fiction and somehow managed to never learn that the Canadian government forced all Japanese Canadians into camps. It was eye-opening for sure. The amount of details and vivid descriptions that are such a big part of the story really made it come alive for me. I felt like I was part of every scene. I loved the characters and they are written in a way that made them all relatable. Rusty's experiences as a prisoner o This book is absolutely excellent from beginning to end! I have read a lot of WWII fiction and somehow managed to never learn that the Canadian government forced all Japanese Canadians into camps. It was eye-opening for sure. The amount of details and vivid descriptions that are such a big part of the story really made it come alive for me. I felt like I was part of every scene. I loved the characters and they are written in a way that made them all relatable. Rusty's experiences as a prisoner of war are heart-wrenching and yet, at times my spirit was lifted by them. This is a beautiful, well researched, faith-filled story that everyone should read. I received an advance copy and all opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christi

    In Rose Among Thornes we get a rare glimpse into a much less talked about narrative that occurred during World War II, something that I didn't realize until reading this book not only happened in America, but in Canada as well: the imprisonment of many innocent Japanese people. So much about World War II makes me sick to my stomach, and ripping peoples lives away from them and imprisoning them based off of their ethnicity is no exception. Rose Among Thornes shows one such case of two beautiful f In Rose Among Thornes we get a rare glimpse into a much less talked about narrative that occurred during World War II, something that I didn't realize until reading this book not only happened in America, but in Canada as well: the imprisonment of many innocent Japanese people. So much about World War II makes me sick to my stomach, and ripping peoples lives away from them and imprisoning them based off of their ethnicity is no exception. Rose Among Thornes shows one such case of two beautiful families who, due to the war, their lives are stolen from them (in different ways, of course), but because of their faith they are able to persevere and overcome their circumstances, bringing about something no evil can ever dare touch: true love and forgiveness. The reader gets to see through the eyes of Rusty Thorne, a young man who goes into the war as a soldier full of faith, but the hardness and ravages of war quickly jade him, and Rose Onishi, a promising pianist who fights her own personal war after the anti-Japanese movement sweeps the nation after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. What had once been a safe haven becomes brutal, friends become enemies, and prejudice against the Japanese saturates the world, including in the hearts of those that had originally thought their faith could overcome any hate. What I found so interesting about this novel was how my feelings for Rusty changed just like the nations feelings changed for Rose and her family. The author did an incredible job of showing how easy it is to change ones opinions of a person when their beliefs no long align with your own. Insanely powerful and eye opening!! Though I did love this novel, there were parts that did tend to drag for me, making me wonder if I was going to be disappointed by the end, but once it picked back up I couldn't put it down. By the time the story starts to ramp up you are so invested in these characters you have to see how everything plays out, and I am so thankful I did not give up. A very powerful and thought-provoking read, Rose Among Thornes is as true now as it was back then: forgiveness is a mighty powerful thing and love truly does conquer all. *I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I read through Kindle Unlimited for JustRead Tours. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sam Yanke

    This is a well-crafted, well-researched story. It weaves together two very different families at a time when differences divide, and we see how the long fingers of war reach into ordinary lives to steal dreams and cause personal suffering and loss. We watch as young love takes root--only to be tested when it is most fragile. And we realize that strong family faith and philosophy are what give people the capacity to endure. If you want to gain a better understanding of human resilience in times o This is a well-crafted, well-researched story. It weaves together two very different families at a time when differences divide, and we see how the long fingers of war reach into ordinary lives to steal dreams and cause personal suffering and loss. We watch as young love takes root--only to be tested when it is most fragile. And we realize that strong family faith and philosophy are what give people the capacity to endure. If you want to gain a better understanding of human resilience in times of war (and more specifically the internment of Japanese Canadians), this is an excellent read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Echols

    Excellent Story This was an excellent story that plumbed the heights and depths of emotions and told of those whose faith was put to the greatest test. The situations the characters endured were well-written and heart wrenching. A wonderful book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Dale Newell

    You can’t put it down! Terrie Todd has once again written a magnificent book. Her research on the treatment of the Japanese during WWII is heart wrenching. A story of determination, endurance, love and most of all, forgiveness. You won’t be able to put it down.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wren

    Engrossing, beautiful, heartbreaking. A must-read for historical fiction lovers. Rose is in many ways a typical high school girl in Vancouver in 1941. She and her best friend love film stars, movies, cute boys--and music. Rose is an exceptional pianist who dreams of college and then, touring the world as a concert pianist. Rusty is in the Canadian army, and a small-town boy from the Winnipeg area of Manitoba. He's on his way to the Far East, ending up in Hong Kong to work alongside British soldier Engrossing, beautiful, heartbreaking. A must-read for historical fiction lovers. Rose is in many ways a typical high school girl in Vancouver in 1941. She and her best friend love film stars, movies, cute boys--and music. Rose is an exceptional pianist who dreams of college and then, touring the world as a concert pianist. Rusty is in the Canadian army, and a small-town boy from the Winnipeg area of Manitoba. He's on his way to the Far East, ending up in Hong Kong to work alongside British soldiers in case of a Japanese attack. Both end up where they'd never imagined they would: Rose, in an internment camp and later in a sugar beet farm in Manitoba; and Rusty, in a Japanese POW camp. Letters begin to connect them. Rose's strengthen Rusty's faith, in a terrible place where death and mistreatment are commonplace. Rusty's engage Rose's heart and imagination. Both long for the time, years ahead, when the war is over, and they might meet. Only one problem (aside from the war, their separation, the constant threats against Rusty) exists; Rusty has no idea that Rose's racial identity--Canadian, of Japanese origin--has the same roots of his hated captors. More is ahead for both of them. Will they survive, and can they overcome their greatest struggles? Terrie Todd's book is beautifully written, and readers will love and engage with Rusty, Rose, and the surrounding characters. She ably and skillfully creates a sense of place, faith, and emotion in all her characters and settings. It's wonderful. I recommend this lovely and poignant book wholeheartedly. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Terrie Todd has written a novel that is not an easy light read. The plight of the Japanese Canadians during World War II was gut wrenching. To be torn away from your life because suddenly you couldn’t be trusted is unimaginable. On the opposite side is the Canadian soldier who lives through the atrocities of being held pow by the Japanese. This is an story of forgiveness and grace, that we can all learn from.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Howeler

    Rose Among Thornes offers a unique story that I don’t believe a lot of people are aware of, especially Americans. As an American, I knew there were Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II. I didn’t realize this happened in Canada as well. The story told in his book will open the eyes of many Canadians to their nation’s history, which, sadly, is as heartbreaking as my own nation’s past. It’s hard to read Todd’s book without falling in love with the main characters, Rose a Rose Among Thornes offers a unique story that I don’t believe a lot of people are aware of, especially Americans. As an American, I knew there were Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II. I didn’t realize this happened in Canada as well. The story told in his book will open the eyes of many Canadians to their nation’s history, which, sadly, is as heartbreaking as my own nation’s past. It’s hard to read Todd’s book without falling in love with the main characters, Rose and Rusty. Their story is what carries the reader on through the pages, hoping to find some happiness within the very difficult journey they both find themselves in the midst of. Rusty’s story of being a prisoner of war and Rose’s of being forced into an internment camp are equally heartbreaking. This book isn’t only about heartbreak, though. It’s about forgiveness, about not judging an entire race or group of people based on what one person or small group has done, and it’s about hope rising out of what looks like hopeless situations. Rating: 4 stars I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author and Just Read Blog Tours. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dee Wolters

    Having grown up in the US, I am unfamiliar about Canadian history, but found this story quite compelling. While the US had a similar internment practice of the Japanese during WWII, I think the Canadian process was just as intense. I was struck by the willingness of the Onishi family to comply with the government and then the farm rules, just to keep the peace. This was a real sign of power, in my opinion. The love story between Rose and Rusty was precious. Both were looking out for the best in th Having grown up in the US, I am unfamiliar about Canadian history, but found this story quite compelling. While the US had a similar internment practice of the Japanese during WWII, I think the Canadian process was just as intense. I was struck by the willingness of the Onishi family to comply with the government and then the farm rules, just to keep the peace. This was a real sign of power, in my opinion. The love story between Rose and Rusty was precious. Both were looking out for the best in the other, but had a vision in their minds of how it would end. Both were quite shocked and disappointed when the reality did not meet their “dream.” However, God’s love and forgiveness was shown over and over in this story. I enjoyed the book. Readers should be aware that it does describe the terrible situation the POW’s and internees endured during the war, some my find these details difficult to read. Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions shared are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Don Buchan

    This is a book I would bring to my Book Club. Just so many things to discuss. There is the war history both of the POW camps in Japan and the internment of Japanese Canadians. Then there is the hard work of sugar beet farming....who knew this was an important source of sugar during the war? Then the questions we ask about where would each of us draw the line of forgiveness when horrible events take over. So many themes. So much to discuss. And a sweet love story thrown in for good measure is jus This is a book I would bring to my Book Club. Just so many things to discuss. There is the war history both of the POW camps in Japan and the internment of Japanese Canadians. Then there is the hard work of sugar beet farming....who knew this was an important source of sugar during the war? Then the questions we ask about where would each of us draw the line of forgiveness when horrible events take over. So many themes. So much to discuss. And a sweet love story thrown in for good measure is just balm for the soul. Well worth the read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shreedevi Gurumurty

    Forgiveness is the deadliest force on earth. War might be raging overseas, but Rose Onishi is on track to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a concert pianist. When forced by her government to leave her beloved home in Vancouver and move to the Canadian prairie to work on the Thornes’ sugar beet farm, her dream fades to match the black dirt staining her callused hands. Though the Thorne family is kind, life is unbearably lonely. In hopes that it might win her the chance to play their piano, Ro Forgiveness is the deadliest force on earth. War might be raging overseas, but Rose Onishi is on track to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a concert pianist. When forced by her government to leave her beloved home in Vancouver and move to the Canadian prairie to work on the Thornes’ sugar beet farm, her dream fades to match the black dirt staining her callused hands. Though the Thorne family is kind, life is unbearably lonely. In hopes that it might win her the chance to play their piano, Rose agrees to write letters to their soldier son.When Rusty Thorne joins the Canadian Army, he never imagines becoming a Japanese prisoner of war. Inside the camp, the faith his parents instilled is tested like never before. Though he begs God to help him not hate his brutal captors, Rusty can no longer even hear the Japanese language without revulsion. Only his rare letters from home sustain him—especially the brilliant notes from his mother’s charming helper, which the girl signs simply as “Rose.”Will Rusty survive the war only to encounter the Japanese on his own doorstep? Can Rose overcome betrayal and open her heart? Or will the truth destroy the fragile bond their letters created?The Battle of Hong Kong (8–25 December 1941),was one of the first battles of the Pacific War in WWII. On the same morning as the attack on Pearl Harbor, forces of the Empire of Japan attacked the British Crown colony of Hong Kong, without declaring war against the British Empire. The Hong Kong garrison consisted of British, Indian and Canadian units, also the Auxiliary Defence Units and Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps.Sham Shui Po is an area of Kowloon,HK.Under Japanese occupation, a concentration camp was maintained here for most of the duration of the war.Japanese Canadians were forcibly relocated and interned in the name of national security.The majority were Canadian citizens by birth.This decision followed the events of the Japanese invasions of British Hong Kong and Malaya, the attack on Pearl Harbor.This forced relocation subjected many Japanese Canadians to government-enforced curfews and interrogations,job and property losses,and forced repatriation to Japan.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Krauss

    I was swept away by this story set in Canada during World War Two. Rose Onishi, a typical 1940s Canadian teen, is enjoying life in Vancouver, dreaming of becoming a concert pianist one day. Her life is full and satisfying--until her family’s possessions are confiscated, and they are shipped to an internment camp simply because of their Japanese ancestry. In a parallel story, Rusty Thorne, a farm boy from Manitoba, volunteers for the war effort and joins the Allied forces in Hong Kong. Unfortunat I was swept away by this story set in Canada during World War Two. Rose Onishi, a typical 1940s Canadian teen, is enjoying life in Vancouver, dreaming of becoming a concert pianist one day. Her life is full and satisfying--until her family’s possessions are confiscated, and they are shipped to an internment camp simply because of their Japanese ancestry. In a parallel story, Rusty Thorne, a farm boy from Manitoba, volunteers for the war effort and joins the Allied forces in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, he and his best friend are captured and he spends most of the war years in a Prisoner of War camp, enduring unspeakable cruelty and inhumane conditions. Meanwhile, Rose’s family eventually end up half way across the country working on a Manitoba sugar beet farm, which is where the two stories intersect. I won’t let any spoilers slip, so will end the discussion of the plot here. Suffice to say, there is real depth to this story in both the characters’ journeys and the obstacles they face, both from within and without. The author did her research and the events that unfold are complex. This is so much more than a historical novel or a romance. It highlights the deep need each one of us has to surrender to God. I loved this book. I highly recommend it and will likely read it again. It's another win for Terrie Todd!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Merriman

    I love Terrie Todd’s books and her latest, Rose Among Thornes, is another example of her wonderful way with telling a story. Rose Among Thornes is Historical Fiction with 2 stories that come together beautifully. There are so many different aspects of World War 2 to learn about and this book tells of a Canadian girl of Japanese descent that is on track to becoming a concert pianist but she and her family are suddenly uprooted from their home by the government and forced to go to an interment cam I love Terrie Todd’s books and her latest, Rose Among Thornes, is another example of her wonderful way with telling a story. Rose Among Thornes is Historical Fiction with 2 stories that come together beautifully. There are so many different aspects of World War 2 to learn about and this book tells of a Canadian girl of Japanese descent that is on track to becoming a concert pianist but she and her family are suddenly uprooted from their home by the government and forced to go to an interment camp. The other story we get caught up in is of a young Canadian man that has joined the Canadian Army and ends up becoming a Japanese prisoner of war and enduring a horrifying time there. I love the way Terrie Todd brings the stories together. What the characters endure is not easy to read at times but the way she weaves faith, hope and forgiveness throughout makes for a wonderful book to read. The characters were brought to life and had me laughing, crying and praying for them. I highly recommend this book that is both upsetting and heartwarming.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Gorecki

    An excellent story about the unfair and unjust WW2 internment of Japanese Canadians and also the horrific Japanese POW camps with the mental aftermath for returning soldiers. It was such a phenomenal depiction dealing with questions of faith and our relationship with God while dealing with intense heartache and difficulty, and of the struggle to forgive after incredible wrongs. But also how easy it is to thrive on anger an hatred and lump in whole groups of people in prejudice if we aren’t caref An excellent story about the unfair and unjust WW2 internment of Japanese Canadians and also the horrific Japanese POW camps with the mental aftermath for returning soldiers. It was such a phenomenal depiction dealing with questions of faith and our relationship with God while dealing with intense heartache and difficulty, and of the struggle to forgive after incredible wrongs. But also how easy it is to thrive on anger an hatred and lump in whole groups of people in prejudice if we aren’t careful and choose love instead. The only reason I didn’t rate it at 5 was that I didn’t care for the writing style - it was mostly in narrative form, with a much lesser amount in dialogue. I just always feel like that lends to being on the outside of the story rather than being invited in, and that part was a little disappointing to me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Kimball

    I have read all of Terrie’s books, and loved them all. This was the best of the lot! I was prepared. I had read the back cover, and all the blurbs leading up to its release. I knew about that period of history, and have even read another book on the subject. But I was not prepared for the emotional impact this book had upon me! I read a lot, and I don’t cry. Ever. But I did on this one. Terrie’s characters are so realistic. The reader can relate to them. Could this ever happen to me and my famil I have read all of Terrie’s books, and loved them all. This was the best of the lot! I was prepared. I had read the back cover, and all the blurbs leading up to its release. I knew about that period of history, and have even read another book on the subject. But I was not prepared for the emotional impact this book had upon me! I read a lot, and I don’t cry. Ever. But I did on this one. Terrie’s characters are so realistic. The reader can relate to them. Could this ever happen to me and my family? No one thinks it can, but it does! An epic love story, but so much more. History buffs rejoice. A little talked about, shameful consequence of war, but oh the people this affected. Coming in July. Be ready😊😊😊

  23. 5 out of 5

    Clarice James

    Terrie Todd’s novel, Rose Among Thornes, is a powerful story of man’s struggle to forgive and to make restitution; to stop hate and to find love; and to let go of fear long enough to grab hold of God. Though Terrie’s story is about two families on different sides of the internment of Canadians of Japanese during World War II, we’ve seen much the same inhuman treatment of those of different cultures and beliefs throughout the history of mankind. Filled with a cast of well-developed characters, th Terrie Todd’s novel, Rose Among Thornes, is a powerful story of man’s struggle to forgive and to make restitution; to stop hate and to find love; and to let go of fear long enough to grab hold of God. Though Terrie’s story is about two families on different sides of the internment of Canadians of Japanese during World War II, we’ve seen much the same inhuman treatment of those of different cultures and beliefs throughout the history of mankind. Filled with a cast of well-developed characters, this accurately researched novel with its heart-wrenching scenes reminds us to stay vigilant. Thankfully, the ending brings readers an abundance of hope and healing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    Unique tale for the Historic/Romance Christian Fiction genre that effectively tackles the hardships of Japanese Canadians during their displacement during WWII and the impact of the war on soldiers and families across the country. An inspirational book filled with Biblical sermonettes that beautifully captures a young woman trying to find her place and ultimately becoming victorious despite a mountain of setbacks. This seldom covered topic is handled with empathy and grace and the exotic setting o Unique tale for the Historic/Romance Christian Fiction genre that effectively tackles the hardships of Japanese Canadians during their displacement during WWII and the impact of the war on soldiers and families across the country. An inspirational book filled with Biblical sermonettes that beautifully captures a young woman trying to find her place and ultimately becoming victorious despite a mountain of setbacks. This seldom covered topic is handled with empathy and grace and the exotic setting of rural Canada make it a compelling historic read. Terrie Todd is a talented technician and her prose clip along at an enjoyable pace.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Dando

    Terrie has written an excellent historical novel that engages the reader from the first page! It takes us back to a time in the history of our nation that must be remembered so that it never happens again. It also involves lessons that are critical still today…of forgiveness, healing, mercy, and grace. I truly loved this story, one that you get totally absorbed in. I wanted to know what happened but I didn’t want it to end. It is so well written and a message of hope! I highly recommend this boo Terrie has written an excellent historical novel that engages the reader from the first page! It takes us back to a time in the history of our nation that must be remembered so that it never happens again. It also involves lessons that are critical still today…of forgiveness, healing, mercy, and grace. I truly loved this story, one that you get totally absorbed in. I wanted to know what happened but I didn’t want it to end. It is so well written and a message of hope! I highly recommend this book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Cartledge

    I'm still processing through some of the very poignant quotes in this book. The topic of forgiveness is woven throughout this story, and it is handled so well. There's none of the dismissive attitude that is often heard, especially in Christian circles, such as, "Just let go and let God." Terrie Todd has woven a very real, believable story of suffering, and learning to forgive. This book is important in that it tells a story from Canadian history that hasn't often been touched on, but also becau I'm still processing through some of the very poignant quotes in this book. The topic of forgiveness is woven throughout this story, and it is handled so well. There's none of the dismissive attitude that is often heard, especially in Christian circles, such as, "Just let go and let God." Terrie Todd has woven a very real, believable story of suffering, and learning to forgive. This book is important in that it tells a story from Canadian history that hasn't often been touched on, but also because it handles forgiveness from deep pain so well.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    A thoroughly captivating and well researched story that gently, yet truthfully, details some of the injustices and cruelties of war, prison camps and internment camps in Japan and the Canadian provinces during World War II. As the story unfolds, we follow several Canadian families through the years of this major world event and see how they survived, were affected, and how they resolved their differences at the end through understanding, forgiveness, faith and love. It is a story that will linge A thoroughly captivating and well researched story that gently, yet truthfully, details some of the injustices and cruelties of war, prison camps and internment camps in Japan and the Canadian provinces during World War II. As the story unfolds, we follow several Canadian families through the years of this major world event and see how they survived, were affected, and how they resolved their differences at the end through understanding, forgiveness, faith and love. It is a story that will linger in the minds of readers for some time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Edna

    A gripping story set in Canada during WWII, following a soldier from Manitoba who becomes a POW in Japanese hands and a Canadian girl of Japanese descent whose family is moved inland to prevent "collaborating with the enemy". I admire Terrie Todd's research into this sad & regrettable time in our history, bringing it to life through her characters. As a reader, I was gripped by the raw emotions, the bonds of family, clash of cultures, the atrocities perpetrated from one human to another and the A gripping story set in Canada during WWII, following a soldier from Manitoba who becomes a POW in Japanese hands and a Canadian girl of Japanese descent whose family is moved inland to prevent "collaborating with the enemy". I admire Terrie Todd's research into this sad & regrettable time in our history, bringing it to life through her characters. As a reader, I was gripped by the raw emotions, the bonds of family, clash of cultures, the atrocities perpetrated from one human to another and the grace of forgiveness. I highly recommend this story of forgiveness and redemption.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Michael

    Amazing book! This book is now one of my all time favorites! I had never read anything about the relocations of the Japanese Canadians during World War ll. This war had so many heart wrenching horrors in it, as all war does. Rose Among Thorne gave a biblical look at true forgiveness that was incredibly moving. I hope many read this amazing book & be blessed by it. Thank you Terrie Todd for sharing this story & thank you for sharing your faith throughout the book. Faith wasn't just woven in this Amazing book! This book is now one of my all time favorites! I had never read anything about the relocations of the Japanese Canadians during World War ll. This war had so many heart wrenching horrors in it, as all war does. Rose Among Thorne gave a biblical look at true forgiveness that was incredibly moving. I hope many read this amazing book & be blessed by it. Thank you Terrie Todd for sharing this story & thank you for sharing your faith throughout the book. Faith wasn't just woven in this book, it was the core of each characters story!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Medina

    My goodness, I love this book! Thank you, Terrie Todd, for opening my eyes to a relationship and part of history I was unaware of. This book has moments of strength, kindness, sadness, and love- so powerful! God is at the center of this story, and it is touching to know His presence within the words of this incredible journey. I still think of the characters, and I am so thankful for the strength they have given me, too.

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