Wild Rose Press, Inc (March, 2015) Historical Romance Mystery/Suspense
Wilding had my attention from the first notation—Nov. 1941, Honolulu—and held my attention until the last beautifully written line. Then I Met You has it all—mystery, romance, and historical accuracy so compelling that the reader is easily transported back in time; the events surrounding the bombing of Pearl Harbor are seamlessly interwoven and the interracial love story handled with aplomb.
There are no info dumps here—just good writing.
Then I Met You is the story of Merrylei (Lei) Wentworth, a young woman who returns to Oahu with the intention of converting her 1880s family home into a guesthouse. The project is more difficult than Lei imagined. Vandals have taken their toll and the rising costs of renovation result in Lei selling some of the family heirlooms. When architect Jamison Sumida offers his assistance if she’ll sell him one of her mother’s unknown paintings, she grows suspicious of his motives while simultaneously feeling a connection to him.
Lei knows her attraction to a Japanese American will present challenges, but had no idea how challenging until Jamison turns up missing after Pearl Harbor is bombed. I live in Hawai’i and can vouch for Wilding’s authentic depiction of local attitudes, customs, and events and recommend this book to readers of mystery, romance, and historical fiction. You won’t be disappointed.
Review provided by Jackie McMurray for her column Jackie’s Jargon in the July 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.