All My Love, from The Land Of Morning Calm

A Cara Youngblood Moon Novel - Book 1

Fiction - Cultural
526 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2017
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Author Biography

R. L. Lee was born into a lively and loving Italian-American family in a small railroad town in rural Northern California. It was a great, uncomplicated childhood where she indulged her imagination and dreamed of one day seeing the world.

After college, she ventured into the workforce at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business. She moved from the Bay Area to the state capitol and on to healthcare, law, banking, and financial services.

Between her career changes, she became a professional dancer, where she did summer tours with a popular local Big Band, and performed on television, at charity functions, and dance venues in and around the Sacramento area.

Her most enduring passion is storytelling, having previously written two novels, a theatrical play, and several screenplays. All My Love, from The Land Of Morning Calm, Book 1 of the Cara Youngblood Moon Novels, is her first foray into the published arena.

The Cara Youngblood Moon Series is a compilation of factual and fictionalized events, people, and places. It has been a four-year work of love, a journey of warm memories, and a realization of a long-awaited achievement.

R. L. Lee now happily lives, works, and writes in her hometown in Northern California.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

I loved this book. For me, it was a walk down Memory Lane. Just looking at the table of contents, I knew it would be meaningful for me. Palo Alto and Stanford University. I've been there. Seoul, South Korea, 1988. I was there working for AP during the Olympics and back to my regular job at Army Headquarters in Yongsan, once the Olympics were over. Northern California, yes. Japan, yes. I had to read this book. My only fear was, what if R.L. Lee can’t write? It would have been so disappointing. I say “would have been” because, to my delight, All My Love, from The Land of Morning Calm is fantastic! I loved it. It brought back such strong memories from an important time in my life. It was just what I needed.

What impressed me most about this book were the descriptions of places, in other words, the setting. It would appear that R.L. Lee and I have been to a lot of the same places. The descriptions are perfect. Don’t get me wrong. The other elements of fiction were equally on point in this book. The characters are realistic. The tone is pitch perfect. The plot is good. But rarely have I read a book that featured so many places I have lived and those places were described so well. That was special for me, but it is a special story anyway. Sometimes you’re just glad you picked up a book. Pick up this one and see.

Jodi Polk

The story of Cara's evolution from young adulthood to a seasoned and sophisticated career woman in South Korea draws you in and keeps you wanting more. R L Lee weaves a tapestry of idealism, intrigue, love and cultural distinctions into a tale the reader cannot get enough of. All My Love is well written, thoughtfully choreographed and meant to touch the soul.

Patti Arras

This was a fun and entertaining read! It captured my interest from the beginning and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. There are lots of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat, anxious to know what happens next. I especially enjoyed the details about the Korean culture and felt like I was right there in the country with the sights, smells, tastes and people around me throughout the book. The main character, Cara, is someone you love with her wit, strength, beauty and intelligence. I am buying the next book, Hello Again, from the Land of Morning Calm, and can't wait to see how the story continues.

M. M. Wirth

If you're a strong woman about to read this book, watch your ego. You may find yourself, as I did, pondering one of Cara Youngblood's professional or personal entanglements and thinking, "I would have handled that situation differently." But that's exactly why I ended up liking her story so much. Cara does it her way and then has the courage to own her choices.

I would describe Cara as a contemporary, nontraditional woman with several "interesting" love relationships. Yes, there's more than one. And most of the story takes place in South Korea, where the number of women in senior jobs ranks low, which makes her stand out even more. But it's obvious from the beginning of this story that R.L. Lee had "stereotype busting" in mind when she wrote this book and boy does she get the job done.

I loved taking this journey with Cara and wish I had known more about her relationship with her parents earlier in the book because by the time we meet her she is already living life at a full romp. What a woman! But perhaps I'll have my questions answered in Lee's next book---- where I will also, no doubt, learn a great deal about her unique approach to parenting.

Allie Sawyer

I couldn't put this book down! All My Love, from The Land of Morning Calm kept me in a world all it's own. From a strong, spirited American woman to the Korean world she enters open heartedly--looking for the beauty and culture only another country could bring through her travels. Love so sweet and simple. After reading this book, I'm waiting for more R.L.Lee. Bring it on...

Maralee Lowder

Cara Antonacci was a student at Stanford University when she first set eyes on Tay (Takoda) Youngblood. She was intrigued more than impressed with the handsome Lakota Native American. He was a man on a mission--to get the help his South Dakota tribe needed. And he was certain Cara was the one person on campus who could bring the attention his cause needed. That is, if he could persuade her to spend the time she had already allocated to the sport that had given her the scholarship to the prestigious college, on his own peoples' needs.

Tay not only persuaded Cara to join his cause, he also persuaded her to marry him. After they were married and Tay had joined the Air Force, it was she who did the persuading when she insisted she be allowed to follow him to his station in South Korea, where she fell in love again, this time with the country and culture of her new home. In South Korea she soon discovered that what had seemed to be an adventurous life in the United States paled in comparison to what she would experience in her new home.

All My Love is a fast-paced book that follows Cara's fascinating life--both in the U.S. and, even more so, in South Korea. Left to fend for herself in a country that couldn't have been more different from hew own culture, Cara's strength of character and willingness to succeed takes her beyond her own imagination.

I highly recommend this book.

Pamela Harryman

I really enjoyed this book and learning about the Korean culture. I looked forward to reading each night to find out the next adventure in Cara's life. Due to the surprising twist at the end, I'm anxiously looking forward to the continuing story!!!

Christina Casselli

Excellent story and well worth the read! The main character, Cara, was instantly intriguing and by the end I was completely in love with her. She is a charismatic, strong, independent woman who is also vibrant and full of life. Constantly pushing the boundaries that try to suppress her spirit she is vulnerable yet resilient and true. She is a character I could easily be friends with!

Not only is Cara a lovely character, but the writing itself is unique in a really refreshing way. I love the way the author weaves the thoughts and perspectives of all the characters into every scene. Many authors switch narratives from one character's perspective to another in separate chapters or stay focused on one character's perspective. This author weaves them all together in a way that is clear and easy to follow. It really adds a fun dimension to a great story.

Julie Anne

What an interesting and lovely tale! I was transported back to the 80's and 90's as well as to a region I knew virtually nothing about. Wonderful description and local color detail as well. Looking forward to the next chapter.

Elena Hunt

This book truly captured my attention from the beginning! R L Lee has a great way of drawing us into each characters life, getting to know each one and the culture they were from. All the twists and turns kept me flipping through the pages to see what happened next. Not only was I drawn into each character, but each city they traveled to and lived in... I felt like I was right there with them!

Each time I thought I had the plot figured out... The story took an even better turn and surprised me! I can't wait for the next book and will be ready to be on the edge of my seat once again.


In Cara Youngblood, Northern California writer R.L. Lee has created a beautiful, feisty, independent American woman, and she gives us a sweeping novel that takes us from Cara’s student days at Stanford University to a well deserved and accomplished career in Seoul, South Korea. We are introduced to Cara’s troubled Native American husband and we witness that young marriage collapse from immaturity and unhealed pain. Fierce about rebuilding her life in South Korea, Cara meets Moon Hyo, Michael Lee, Kang Dae Ho, the men who come to love her--one of them desperately, another in silence, and the third who must harm her in order to save her.

This ambitious 526-page novel moves with vitality and brings us a cross-cultural saga that takes place in a part of the world many of us are unfamiliar with. As a westerner, Ms. Lee’s knowledge of South Korea--the country, its people, and their culture—educate, entertain, and make us care about what happens to her characters. Rather than following the romance novel formula, Ms. Lee gives us a love story burdened by deep cultural divides and opposition added to human imperfection resulting in an uncertain outcome. It’s a terrific accomplishment. Congratulations, Ms. Lee! I am pleased to learn that a sequel to All My Love, from The Land of Morning Calm, is already in the works.

J. Molin

For a first novel Ms. Lee writes like a seasoned novelist and proves herself to be among the best. I am an avid reader and found her book to be one of the best I have read in a very long time. It held my interest from beginning to end. I read it in three days and am on my second reading. This book would make a wonderful movie and I really hope that some one in the movie business will see this novel as having this kind of potential. The characters are well defined, the places incredible and the circumstances and people that surround the main character are amazing. I could see everything that Ms. Lee wrote about and I am anxiously awaiting the continuation of this book and look forward to reading how the interaction between each character unfolds. I am positive that the continuation of this novel will be as spellbinding as her first. Thank you Ms. Lee for a very well written and beautiful novel. J. MOLIN