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The Woman In The White Kimono

Books like The Woman in the White Kimono don’t come along often. A book so beautiful and poignant that you feel like you personally know the characters. It’s one of those books that you can’t get enough of but don’t ever want to finish. Japan, 1957. Naoko is seventeen years old and it is time for her to get married. Her family have arranged a marriage which will secure their status within the community. However, Naoko has fallen in love with an American sailor, a man her family would not consider allowing her to marry as it would bring great shame on them. When Naoko discovers that she is pregnant her family cast her out in disgrace. Naoko is forced to make unimaginable choices the consequences of which will be felt for generations to come.

America, present day. Tori Kovac, is by her father’s bedside, moments before he passes away he gives her a letter which contains a shocking revelation. Desperate to learn the truth Tori travels to Japan to discover the truth of her father’s past.

The Woman in the White Kimono won my heart, it is so emotive and captivating. I could feel myself flying through the pages but also feeling like I never wanted it to end. I found this one so heart-wrenching, it is inspired by true stories and knowing that just made it so very moving.

Ana Johns has written a truly spellbinding novel, the descriptions of Japan are so vivid that she made me want to visit. I loved the way she used the wise little Japanese sayings throughout, it just brought it all to all to life.

Thank you so much Legend Press for sending me this one. Definitely one I would recommend particularly for fans of Memoirs of a Geisha.

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