Review: All We Left Behind



Release date: 10 January 2020

Publisher: One More Chapter

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Vancouver, 1941

As the war rages around the world, Hitler’s fury is yet to be felt on the peaceful shores of Mayne Island. Sweethearts Hayden and Chidori are in love.

But everything changes after Pearl Harbor.

Now seen as the enemy, Chidori and her family are forced into an internment camp. Powerless to help them, Hayden joins the air force to bring about an end to this devastating war – thought of Chidori is all that keeps him alive.

Can they both survive long enough to be reunited? Or will the war be the only thing to separate their love?



All We Left Behind by Danielle R Graham is one of those books that will stick with you long after you put it down. It is a story of friendship, true love, and survival.

All We Left Behind is one of the most captivatingly beautiful books I have ever read. I have a strong feeling that it will be adored by readers for years, perhaps decades, to come.

Readers will absolutely fall in love with childhood best-friends and soul mates Hayden and Chidori. I honestly could not get enough of their story. I was enthralled from page one, and only put the book down a handful of times while I was reading. All We Left Behind is one of those books that you walk around the house reading, unwilling to put it down to complete mundane tasks. I couldn’t even put it down while my boyfriend watched a movie. Nothing was going to distract me from Hayden and Chidori’s story.

I read a lot of historical fiction, especially stories centred around the Second World War. I have come to expect these books to include certain storylines which occur in a large number of world war two-era novels. What surprised me most about All We Left Behind is that it taught me something new about this period in history. I am ashamed to say it, but I do not know much about how Japanese-Canadians and Japanese-Americans were treated during the Second World War. We were given a brief overview in school, but my knowledge on the subject is by no means extensive. All We Left Behind opened my eyes to how Japanese immigrants and their families were treated during the war, and it made me want to continue to learn more.

I am pleased to say that All We Left Behind is my first sold five-star read of the year. I cannot wait to read more from the author in the future.

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Danielle R Graham is a Canadian author. She writes contemporary novels under the name D.R. Graham. Her novels tend to mix genres and boundaries.


My rating: ★★★★★

All We Left Behind is without a doubt a novel that will stand the test of time. This is rare for me to say, but there is absolutely nothing that I would change about this fascinating, beautifully-written book.


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