Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Mulberry Leaf Whispers by Linda Thompson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Mulberry Leaf Whispers
Series: Brands from the Burning #2
Author: Linda Thompson
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: December 15, 2020
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
I almost didn't read this book due to seeing that it was the second book in a series, and I had not already read the first book, but I'm sure glad that I gave it a chance! Though it is a sequel, this book stands well on its own, but I think that there might be a slightly higher reader payoff when things start coming together if the previous book is read prior to this one.
I was excited and intrigued by the Japanese setting, as there are not many Christian fiction books with an Asian influence, and I was impressed with how well the author vividly brings to life the shame/honor based culture, steeping the reader into the traditions and beliefs of an ancient nation. This is book is meticulously well researched, and I loved how the author went all in, making the cultural motivations behind Akira and Sono's plights understandable for Western readers.
This is a poignant and compelling read, it deals deftly with difficult topics, with a strong thread of faith throughout. I enjoyed the dual timelines, and though I recognized the family name in common, it takes a while for the dots to fully connect the stories. And it's hard to put the book down when almost every chapter would throw one of our protagonists off of a metaphorical cliff prior to switching perspectives back to the other one. I admired Akira, Miyako, and Sono for their courage, and not choosing the easy way out. I liked how we see the conflicting worldviews especially in Akira's story, as he struggles to reconcile his new faith with what he has known his whole life.
Overall, a well written and researched novel, with realistically flawed characters, and insights into Japanese culture that influences everything about this story. A remarkable story of lives interrupted and empowered by faith, this isn't a book that I will be forgetting anytime soon! So glad I gave this book a chance. Highly recommend!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
(1) winner will receive a copy of the soon-to-be-released audiobook for Linda’s award-winning debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, her latest release, The Mulberry Leaf Whispers, in winner's choice of Kindle or paperback format, plus a $10 Amazon gift card!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 4, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 11, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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