The Plum Blooms in Winter
“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)
Inspired by a Gripping True Story of Courage and Forgiveness
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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 Contest winner
“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
“Grand, ambitious… Linda Thompson is destined to become one of the greats in Christian fiction.”
– Robin Patchen, award-winning author of Finding Amanda and the Hidden Truth series
“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