Sunday, 19 August 2012

Review: Tokyo Hearts: A Japanese Love Story by Renae Lucas-Hall

A love story set in the vibrant city of Tokyo

By Renae Lucas-Hall
Grosvenor House
ISBN 1781487693
Price: £8.99
All images: Renae Lucas-Hall

Tokyo Hearts: A Japanese Love Story by Renae Lucas-Hall is the story of Takashi, an earnest, hard-working student studying for a degree in marketing and Haruka, an elegant and kind office-worker who loves to shop in Tokyo's fashionable districts. Though they meet every week for coffee Takashi wonders if Haruka shares the feelings that he is harbouring for her and, just as things seem to be going well between them, Haruka's rich ex-boyfriend Jun enters their lives and threatens their relationship.

It is obvious from Tokyo Hearts that Lucas-Hall loves Japan. Every page is filled with references to places, foods, drinks and customs that will delight any fellow Japanophile. From the recognisable sights along Takashi's walk home to the close attention to paid train lines and place names the story feels very well-researched. In many ways the city of Tokyo is the 3rd lead character of the novel, the book's synopsis describes it as 'truly one of the most stylish, energetic and exhilarating cities in the world' and this passion for the bustling capital comes across in the story.

The sweet and charming love story of Tokyo Hearts would make the perfect holiday read especially for anyone visiting Japan where you can see firsthand the sights and places that Lucas-Hall describes.

You can buy Tokyo Hearts on Amazon
and 10% of the profits go to the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund.

You can read more about Tokyo Hearts: A Japanese Love Story and Renae Lucas-Hall on her website.


Interesting to read your review after I've just written mine! It's a nice story, isn't it? :)

Your review was great. I also feel like the book falls into the chick lit category, not something that I would normally read but it was a nice, entertaining distraction. And I have to admit that I found some of the references a little heavy-handed too but she really did bring the places to life. Like I said in my review I think it would be perfect for a holiday read, maybe on the plane over to Japan ^_^

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