The Plum Blooms in Winter
Inspired by a Gripping True Story of Courage and Forgiveness
43 5-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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)
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–Captured by the Japanese after piloting a B-25 in the Doolittle Raid, Dave Delham survived 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 turns hunted in Osaka’s treacherous underworld. Miyako must outmaneuver a ruthless brothel owner, outwit a pair of brutal gangs with competing plans to profit by her, and overcome betrayal by family and friends—only to confront a decision that will change everything.
An ACFW Genesis
“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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