The Plum Blooms in Winter
Inspired by a Gripping True Story of Courage and Forgiveness
58 5-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amazon Reviews!
“Linda Thompson attacks the publishing world like a Mitsubishi Zero swooping from the Japanese sky. The Plum Blooms In Winter proves a taut, crisp, debut achievement that colorfully evokes the Pacific theater of WWII. Start this one forewarned: it’s a stay-up-all-night read.”
– Jerry B. Jenkins, 21-Time New York Times bestselling author (Left Behind, et al)
Dave made aviation history in WWII’s daring Doolittle Raid. Now he’s a downed pilot on the run.
Miyako made a vow to bury a knife in him. That vow could cost them both their lives.
Winner, 2019 Cascade Award |
Finalist, 2019 Christy and Carol Awards |
Inspired by Actual Events
China, 1942. Desperate and fleeing a brutal enemy, U.S. airman Dave Delham loses all hope he’ll ever see home again. If he manages to survive this mission—somehow—he swears he’ll answer God’s call on his life.
Japan, 1948. In a world where honor means everything, what would you risk to salvage yours? The war has reduced Miyako Matsuura to a street-hardened prostitute, forced to sell herself out—body and soul—to survive. But when the pilot whose bomb stole her little brother’s life returns to Japan, she sees her one chance to salvage everything. That quest drives her like the point of a dagger.
Two competing vows. Two war-damaged people racing along a deadly collision course. Can their tragic histories be redeemed?
If you like pulse-pounding tales of redemption that brim with deeply drawn characters and taut suspense, you’ll love Linda Thompson’s powerful debut novel. Immerse yourself in this award-winning story of courage and redemption today!
“A poignant story about bitter defeat and the power of forgiveness. With her lovely prose, Linda Thompson sweeps readers away on a journey to Japan and China during and after World War II, crafting a novel about the remarkable beauty and strength that bloomed in the midst of adversity. A brilliant debut!”
– Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Hidden Among the Stars and Catching the Wind
“A gripping quest. A wrenching conclusion. This book will change you.”
– Maegan Beaumont, author of Independent Publishers’ Gold Medal winner Carved in Darkness and the Sabrina Vaughan series
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“The Plum Blooms in Winter is a must read…. As the nephew of Lt. Robert Meder (a real Doolittle Raider), I witnessed firsthand the effects World War II caused on his parents, my grandparents, and his only sibling, my mother. This story takes readers on a journey into both sides, through the eyes of an American Doolittle Raider and a Japanese civilian woman. Many lose after a war is over, even those on the winning side.” -John Walker, nephew of Lt. Robert Meder, Doolittle Raider
“This is a grand, ambitious story set during World War II… It’s a story of impossible choices that lead to terrible regret. It’s a story of captivity and freedom, of honor and culture, of revenge and forgiveness. The setting is unique, the peek into Japanese culture is fascinating, and the message of grace is timeless. Linda Thompson is destined to become one of the greats in Christian fiction.” -Robin Patchen, award winning author of Convenient Lies and Finding Amanda
“Pearl Harbor is a household name, but what came next? The Plum Blooms in Winter shines light on American heroes of the Doolittle Raid and post-war life in Japan. Even if you’ve been an avid World War Two reader, this unique story is sure to capture your heart and mind, as you follow the journey of two characters on opposite sides of the world (and of the war).” -Caroline Walker Argenti, grandniece of Lt. Robert Meder, Doolittle Raider
“Linda Thompson has become one of my favorite new authors! World War Two can be too huge to contemplate, but peering into the hearts of two people living through that war brings it home with heartbreak and redemption. I look forward to following these people in their next adventure.” -Hannah Alexander, author of Hideaway Home
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Coming in December 2020: The Mulberry Leaf Whispers
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.
“What a splendid story! From the palaces of 1500 Japan to the war-ravaged lands of the 1940s, Linda Thompson’s The Mulberry Leaf Whispers rivals Shogun with its sweeping story of passion and faith, of survival and hope. I love this story, the rich language and fresh imagery that brings the reader into the bone-aching choices of these characters. You’ll want to read every word of every page. I did. Be prepared to be enriched, moved and deeply satisfied.”
—Jane Kirkpatrick, Award-winning author of Something Worth Doing
- 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 you with dynamic faith that conquers despair.
“In lovely prose, The Mulberry Leaf Whispers describes the beauty and the danger of feudal Japan as well as the difficulties for Japanese prisoners of war during World War II. Full of fascinating detail, the story highlights two family members, hundreds of years apart, who face difficult choices. Linda Thompson does an excellent job with this gorgeous, not-to-be missed novel.”
—Sarah Sundin, bestselling and Carol Award-winning author of When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series
“In her remarkable novel, The Mulberry Leaf Whispers, Linda Thompson immerses readers in two periods of Japanese history. She brilliantly captures the strict social structures that ruled every life, rich or poor, in the sixteenth century under lord regents and shoguns and then in the years after World War II, when those social structures had been shattered. For those like me who know very little about Japanese history, Thompson has given us two compelling, parallel stories. I was captured from page one and couldn’t stop reading!”
—Louise M. Gouge, award-winning author of Winning Amber