Rated: 5 Stars
I rated this book 5 stars for the fact that it made me think so much about the characters and what motivated them. This would be an excellent book for a group as there is a lot to talk about and it would be interesting to what others thought about the book.
My reaction is that Anna's father Joe is one of the most conflicted, yet charasmatic characters I have read about in a . . . . well I can't remember when a character made me like him, deeply dislike him and at times felt very sorry for him. In fact in spite of flashes of intelligence I though he was really rather dumb, self absorbed and certainly clueless and insensitive about how his actions effected the people who loved him. Still, I had to like him. sigh
Where this book really shone for me was in time and place. Bo Caldwell did a marvelous job of putting the reader in Shanghi during WW2 and the years leading up to it. I think she accurately described the mind set of the international community during those days.
This was not an easy read for me in that my emotions were engaged on almost every page. Even when the action was slow I could feel the tension and undercurrents swirling around the characters and the feeling of waiting for the shoe to drop. I highly recommend this book.