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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 9 January 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE MULBERRY LEAF WHISPERS by LINDA THOMPSON

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE MULBERRY LEAF WHISPERS by LINDA THOMPSON

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Mulberry Leaf Whispers by Linda Thompson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Mulberry Leaf Whispers

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

 

THE BLURB

A WWII Japanese naval officer. The teenage daughter of a legendary Christian samurai. Three centuries separate them, but a crucial question binds their destinies together.

Which lives have value?

In the highly anticipated sequel to her award-winning debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, Linda Thompson provides a riveting story inspired by true events.

“Splendid story!… Rivals Shogun with its sweeping story of passion and faith, of survival and hope…. Be prepared to be enriched, moved and deeply satisfied.” – Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of Something Worth Doing

“Gorgeous… not-to-be-missed…” – Sarah Sundin, bestselling and Carol Award-winning author of When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series

  1. Bartered off in a peace agreement to the ancient enemies of her illustrious house, is Sono a war prize, a hostage, or a bride? One hope sustains her. If she can provide an heir to the dashing husband she just met, she’ll ensure decades of peace for the beloved family she was forced to leave behind. But when a dark secret threatens her desperate bid to purchase their security, she must rise to a battle she never dreamed she’d fight.
  2. Akira Matsuura’s naval vessel explodes under enemy fire. Everything he has lived for disappears in flames with it. His command, his crew, his future—all lost. Worse, his honor is eternally decimated. A prisoner’s life is of value to no one. Least of all to himself. But a stunning twist reveals his family’s secret shame. Can a long-buried truth provide the vital spark that reignites his will to live?

Thrill to two poignant journeys of courage, duty, and sacrifice, deftly woven through the centuries to inspire with dynamic faith that conquers despair.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | BookBub

 

THE AUTHOR

linda thompsonLinda Thompson stepped back from a corporate career that spanned continents to write what she loves—stories of unstoppable faith. Her debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, was a Cascade Award winner and a Christy- and Carol-Award finalist. Linda writes from the sun-drenched Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, a third-generation airline pilot who is also her Chief Military Research Officer, one mostly-grown-up kid, and a small platoon of housecats. When Linda isn’t writing you’ll find her rollerblading—yes, that makes her a throwback—taking in a dramatic desert moonrise, or enjoying their first grandbaby.

CONNECT WITH LINDA:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

MY REVIEW

A magnificent, sweeping story, The Mulberry Leaf Whispers is everything I love about historical fiction—cultural accuracy, fictional people entwined with historical figures, history coming alive. Just enough Japanese words sprinkled in to secure the essence.

I wasn’t sure who my heart hurt for most, Sono or Akira. Culture can be cruel, and both of them were trapped in the dictates of society. And of religion. I cannot fathom the position Sono was in, the heart-wrenching choice she had to make. I do, however, recognize the opposition to her faith. To be a Kirishitan (Christian) in a Buddhist climate was not only daring but, for Sono, isolating. Not so unlike the Apostles after Christ’s death.

Embracing the religion and culture of his ancestors—who included Sono—Akira lived to serve his country. Including his death rather than being taken prisoner—violation of his honor—something this reader knew but never considered until reading Akira’s plight. The turmoil with his family [SPOILER] was a bit too close to home for this reviewer (for very different reasons) and so very painful.

Ms. Thompson casts a spell on the page, holding the reader captive, spilling faith and story on every page, twists that beg answers, angst that begs peace. Written with such passion, this is a compelling story, and I will look for more from this author—and I’ll be sure to read The Plum Blooms in Winter, too!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(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.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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