The Plum Blooms in Winter (Brands from the Burning #1)
A Prostitute Seeks Her Revenge--In 1942, Miyako Matsuura cradled her little brother as he died on the sidewalk, a victim of the first U.S. bombing raid on Japan. By 1948, the war has reduced her to a street-hardened prostitute consumed by her shame.A WWII Hero Finds His True Mission--Dave Delham makes military aviation history piloting a B-25 in the audacious Doolittle Raid. Forced to bail out over occupied China, he and his crew are captured by the Japanese and survive a harrowing P.O.W. ordeal. In 1948, he returns to Japan as a Christian missionary, determined to showcase Christ's forgiveness.Convinced that Delham was responsible for the bomb that snuffed out her brother's life, Miyako resolves to restore her honor by avenging him--even if it costs her own life. But the huntress soon becomes hunted in Osaka's treacherous underworld. Miyako must outmaneuver a ruthless brothel owner, outwit gangs with competing plans to profit by her, and overcome betrayal by family and friends--only to confront a decision that will change everything.

The Plum Blooms in Winter (Brands from the Burning #1) Details

TitleThe Plum Blooms in Winter (Brands from the Burning #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 1st, 2018
PublisherMountain Brook Ink
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, War, World War II, Inspirational

The Plum Blooms in Winter (Brands from the Burning #1) Review

  • Miralee
    January 1, 1970
    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely different feel from a typical book about a World War--the story of the young Japanese woman and her struggle to survive in war-torn Japan was heart rending, as was the story closely based on the Doolittle raid and the First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely different feel from a typical book about a World War--the story of the young Japanese woman and her struggle to survive in war-torn Japan was heart rending, as was the story closely based on the Doolittle raid and the downed aircraft and POW's who survived. The way the author wove the two stories together through the entire book and truly melded them into one at the end was brilliant. I highly recommend this book to anyone. The characters were well-drawn and the plot was compelling, while the pacing was excellent. It might not be for everyone, but as another reviewer said, it isn't salacious in recounting the POW or other scenes. But it is a little gritty in places, but not overly. However, life is often gritty and real. I appreciate it when a Christian author isn't afraid to show reality as well as her faith. Both of those shine through brilliantly in this book.
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  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can’t be boxed in just one genre. If Christian lit is not your bag, read it for the historical fiction. Thompson’s research on the era—WWII and post- WWII Japan is impeccable. Her description of Japan in the late ’40s is a punch to the gut with images Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can’t be boxed in just one genre. If Christian lit is not your bag, read it for the historical fiction. Thompson’s research on the era—WWII and post- WWII Japan is impeccable. Her description of Japan in the late ’40s is a punch to the gut with images and smells and devastation that you feel rather than read. Not into history? Buckle your seat belt for the powerful suspense, killer twists and turns delivered in every chapter. Are you looking for a good read, full of well-written prose, every word in its place, not one word wasted? Linda Thompson delivers. This is the kind of book that even if you know historically what happens, you keep reading anyway. Linda Thompson’s command of writing, as well as her intimate knowledge of her subject matter, make that work for us. That is challenging for seasoned authors, and Thompson’s prose makes it look easy. Lastly, and most important for me, is the redemption in the book. The author creates a character from the “enemy camp” and brings her story, her desires, her goals to life, so we, the reader are actually rooting for her. Then, at the end of the novel, to experience the redemption, forgiveness, and grace through the characters is life changing. Rare is the story that comes along that challenges us in our own small lives. Linda Thompson brings it home with this one.
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  • Renee Regnier
    January 1, 1970
    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvation. I highly recommend this book. (I was given an advance copy of this book.)
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  • Sylvia Briggs
    January 1, 1970
    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can’t wait for the sequel!!
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. Her anger led her to seek revenge to restore the honor of her family. Gripping and tension-filled read. Thank you to the author and publisher for the complimentary copy.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle’s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan.Miyako has lost almost everything to war: her mother, her two brothers and her self-respect. She is forced into prostitution in order to keep her ailing father in medicine and the two of them in food. She keeps that fact from her father as she se A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle’s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan.Miyako has lost almost everything to war: her mother, her two brothers and her self-respect. She is forced into prostitution in order to keep her ailing father in medicine and the two of them in food. She keeps that fact from her father as she seeks to avenge the family honor by plotting against the Americans who took her family from her. Linda Thompson writes with a realism that this kind of information demands. She doesn’t sugarcoat the circumstances that history has shown us. But she tells the tale with compassion. She shows us that sometimes you have to reach rock bottom before you can look up and see Salvation through Christ. The story is beautifully written. It is wonderful to me that it is based on a true happening, as explained in the afterward. I applaud the author’s decision to bring these people to life in such a poignant way.If you are looking for fiction based in fact and you want to be challenged and changed, then this is the book for you. *I received this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Carla Nordstrom
    January 1, 1970
    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and humbled at how gracious so many of the Japanese people were given the circumstances. Some of the content was difficult because war is difficult and ugly; however, even more so the redemptive, healing power of Jesus!! GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and humbled at how gracious so many of the Japanese people were given the circumstances. Some of the content was difficult because war is difficult and ugly; however, even more so the redemptive, healing power of Jesus!! The author did a great job developing the characters and I was not ready for their stories to end.I was not obligated to review this book but am so happy to do so; I look forward to more from Linda Thompson!!
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  • Edward Arrington
    January 1, 1970
    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fascinated me, so I felt I was flying along with Lieutenant Dave Delham and the four men in his crew as they dropped their bombs and then headed for what they hope to be a safe landing in China. Then the scene changes Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fascinated me, so I felt I was flying along with Lieutenant Dave Delham and the four men in his crew as they dropped their bombs and then headed for what they hope to be a safe landing in China. Then the scene changes and Matsuura Miyako is walking home from school with her friend as a bomb hits the factory only a short distance from her and she realizes her little brother is closer to the factory than she is. When she gets to him, he is dead. Suddenly her life is torn apart and her anger and bitterness at the Americans who are responsible eats at her. The story of the pilot and his crew plays out over the next several years as they struggle to stay alive in a Japanese war prison after having to bail from their plane. Alternating with these scenes are scenes of Miyako six years later as she struggles to take care of herself and her father after they have lost everything. And then the pilot of the plane that threw her life into utter upheaval appears and she becomes intent on killing him to restore the honor of her family. The author has done a fine job of taking some snippets of history and weaving together a gripping story of the horrors of war and the redemptive power of God’s Word. The story may not be for everyone because war is not nice and pretty. The author has carefully skimmed over some of the stark details to avoid some of the offensiveness of war but the reality is still haunting. I received an advance copy of the book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
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  • Jan Kruzel
    January 1, 1970
    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of being POWS at the hands of the enemy. It’s a story of sadness and loss, but also of courage, life, and salvation. The next book in the series cannot come soon enough for me! Thank you to the publisher for the compl The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of being POWS at the hands of the enemy. It’s a story of sadness and loss, but also of courage, life, and salvation. The next book in the series cannot come soon enough for me! Thank you to the publisher for the complimentary copy...I am pleased to submit this review and under no obligation to do so.
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