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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - The Mulberry Leaf Whispers By: Linda Thompson Hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours

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


Title: The Mulberry Leaf Whispers

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

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

1587. 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.

1942. 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.

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Linda Thompson

Linda 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


The Mulberry Leaf Whispers, the second book in Linda Thompson’s Brands from The Burning series. This is the first book that I have read by Linda Thompson. I really enjoyed her writing style. She had me drawn in within the first few pages. This novel is a time split novel. This is not the usual type the I read but the author did a wonderful job with  it. I really appreciated the research that the author put into this story. I was not very familiar with Japanese culture. I feel with this book I was able to get a deeper understanding and respect for the Japanese culture. The time periods that are created in this book are: 1587 and 1942. 
We meet Sono. She is a Christian. She is married to a Samurai Warrior. However she is facing a  struggle to maintain her Christianity within a Buddhist household. I cannot imagine having to live in a country where Christianity wasn't the primary religion. We then move forward to 1942 and meet Matsuura Akira. He is rescued  from his ship. He is the only survivor. While he is plucked from the waters he is taken as a prisoner of war. Since he is Japanese he tries to stay true to his culture. While in a camp, he meets a Christian woman. She offers forgiveness of the enemy that has killed her family. This helps to soften Matsuura's heart. You will have to read the whole story to find out how the stories are connected, but the author weaves the stories together seamlessly. 

I hope to read more by this author. She has a gift and her research taught me so much. 

I received a copy of this book through the JustRead Publicity Tours blogging program -- all thoughts are my own. 


(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!

The Mulberry Leaf Whispers JustRead Giveaway

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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