I’ve been eager to write about The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns since finishing it an whole half an hour ago but, as I’m sitting here, I’m having a hard to putting into words how much the book made me feel.
I knew within the first quarter of this book that it was hands down a five-star top-notch book that I needed to share. Naoko is a young Japanese woman at the age where marriage is arranged. But in post-war Japan, things have changed. Although Naoko has a suitor who is not at all what she thought he would be (in a good way), she’s already given her heart to a young American solider whose child she is carrying. Disgraced, she must find her way outside of her family’s home with or without her soldier.
Flash forward to present day America, we meet Tori. She’s a journalist whose beloved father has passed away, but not without his secrets. As she reads a letter, Tori realizes her father’s stories may actually have been him trying to explain to her about his early life. In order to find closure, Tori finds herself traveling across the world for answers.
If you loved books like Memoirs of a Geisha or Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, you absolutely MUST read The Woman in the White Kimono. It is one of the most heartfelt, gut-wrenching books I have read. I rarely cry, but I shed a tear several times reading this book. You will cheer, you will cry, you will be completely engulfed in the story and have no idea what is going on around you. I cannot recommend it enough! Get it on your TBR now, because it releases on May 28, 2019!
Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for providing me with a copy of this book . I have read and reviewed this book voluntarily and all opinions expressed are my own.