moon-in-mango.jpgBook Synopsis: Set in Siam and Europe during the 1920’s, the glittering decade of change, The Moon in the Mango Tree is based upon the true story of Barbara Bond, a beautiful young ex-patriot and opera singer from Philadelphia who is forced to choose between her fierce desire for independence – a desire to create something of her own to give purpose and meaning to her life – and a deep abiding love for her missionary husband who harbors a mysterious secret.
But when you choose between two things you love, must one be lost forever?

My Review:
I loved this book. It’s a feminist book in the truest sense of the word. Not because it champions women’s rights exactly, but because it tells the universal story of women, it gives a layered and complex look at one woman’s journey and the difficult decisions she faced choosing between her passion and her true love.

The characters are magnificently drawn, there were times I wanted to speak some sense into both Harvey and Barbara and help them bridge the growing gap. 🙂 The settings are vividly described, you can clearly picture these places in your mind and feel so much of what Barbara must have felt. During the missionary years, the whole set-up rings of so much authenticity. Admittedly, I found the hard line some of the missionaries took to be terribly discouraging and rather heartbreaking that they lacked the ability or compassion to recognize the very real need of one of their own team members! I know, however, that this is true to life on the mission field. Many missionaries struggle with competing visions and personality clashes.

Barbara’s continued search for meaning in her life, the historical elements of her times woven into the story, her love for her husband and desire for him, and all her many exciting international experiences make this a book I think every woman will relate to (regardless of her marital status or religious background) and enjoy. I couldn’t put it down. Ten out of ten. Must read of the year. 🙂 Come by tomorrow for a very special guest post by Pamela Ewen!

The Moon in the Mango Tree is published by B&H fiction and is available now in stores.

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