The Plum Blooms in Winter (Brands from the Burning #1)

The Plum Blooms in Winter (Brands from the Burning #1)

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--Dave Delham makes military aviation history piloting a B-25 in the audacious Doolittle Rai A Prostitute Seeks Her Revenge--In 1942, Miyako Matsuura cradled her little brother as he died on the sidewalk, a vic...

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Title:The Plum Blooms in Winter (Brands from the Burning #1)
Author:Linda Thompson
Rating:
Genres:Historical
ISBN:B07JZ2V8Q4
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:366 pages pages

The Plum Blooms in Winter (Brands from the Burning #1) Reviews

  • Tocotin
    Apr 18, 2019

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

  • Bonnie
    Oct 31, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

  • Betti
    Nov 23, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

  • Voni Harris
    Jan 18, 2019

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

  • Mary Edelson
    Dec 20, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

  • Holly
    Dec 01, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

  • Melissa Henderson
    Nov 18, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

    What an emotional, heart tugging, eye opening and amazing story! This blew me away with the beautiful writing that sucks you in and makes you cry for fictional characters. The characters have real flaws and emotions that make them feel so real. This was based on the Doolittle Raid even...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson is a historical fiction from WW2 based on the real life experiences of the Doolittle raid. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and the story line drew me in quickly. This time period is one that I have not read extensively, but...

    Interesting read about a different part of WWII. I enjoyed how she developed the 2 characters side by side. I kept wondering how she was going to bring them together. It did end in a way that invites you to read the next book as certain things are left unanswered. However, it ended the...

    What a riveting read!! I was transported into the lives of Miyako Matsuura and Dave Delham and literally couldn't put the book down until the last word was read!!! This is a definite full mark book, I wept, agonized and rejoiced with these characters and enjoyed and appreciated the boo...

    Very intense story full of deep emotions and heartache. Although a fictional story, the details are brought to life as if all the characters are real life depictions. While reading, I could imagine the sadness and turmoil in each life. There is a message of salvation and faith that bri...

  • Leola
    Apr 03, 2019

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

    What an emotional, heart tugging, eye opening and amazing story! This blew me away with the beautiful writing that sucks you in and makes you cry for fictional characters. The characters have real flaws and emotions that make them feel so real. This was based on the Doolittle Raid even...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson is a historical fiction from WW2 based on the real life experiences of the Doolittle raid. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and the story line drew me in quickly. This time period is one that I have not read extensively, but...

    Interesting read about a different part of WWII. I enjoyed how she developed the 2 characters side by side. I kept wondering how she was going to bring them together. It did end in a way that invites you to read the next book as certain things are left unanswered. However, it ended the...

    What a riveting read!! I was transported into the lives of Miyako Matsuura and Dave Delham and literally couldn't put the book down until the last word was read!!! This is a definite full mark book, I wept, agonized and rejoiced with these characters and enjoyed and appreciated the boo...

    Very intense story full of deep emotions and heartache. Although a fictional story, the details are brought to life as if all the characters are real life depictions. While reading, I could imagine the sadness and turmoil in each life. There is a message of salvation and faith that bri...

    Crafted around a significant event in WWII, this fictional work tells the story of lives torn apart by the war. Human pride, despair, revenge, fear, faith, hope, redemption, forgiveness, and love are brilliantly shown in this story that will leave you wanting more with each page. I...

    This book had me at chapter 2! The author stays true to the sadness of war and doesn?t sugar coat it through a syrupy romance. Instead, does a great job developing the characters and storyline into a well-researched, believable plot that offers healing. The genre isn?t what I usual...

    A riveting story filled with gut-wrenching emotions experienced by those on opposing sides of WWII. Alternating between the viewpoints of the POWs during the war and a prostitute bent on revenge after the war keeps you in suspense. An interesting study in cultural differences. ...

    First time novelist, Linda Thompson, takes us to the shock of Jimmy Doolittle's raid and its aftermath on a pilot and the citizens of Osaka, the city his crew bombed. The Plum Bloom in Winter, an elegantly written book, depicts the harrowing POW experiences of a flight crew captured by...

    Someone recommended this book to me and I'm so glad she did. A World War II story told from an American pilot's, Dave Delham) point of view and a young Japanese girl's, Miyoka, point of view. Dave just wants to survive as a prisoner of war and Miyoka wants to avenge her family honor ag...

  • Susan
    Dec 02, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

    What an emotional, heart tugging, eye opening and amazing story! This blew me away with the beautiful writing that sucks you in and makes you cry for fictional characters. The characters have real flaws and emotions that make them feel so real. This was based on the Doolittle Raid even...

  • Debora Wilder
    Dec 05, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

  • Amanda Geaney
    Dec 14, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

  • Phyllis
    Jan 16, 2019

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

  • Edward Arrington
    Oct 02, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

  • Miralee
    Nov 07, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

  • Michelle
    Nov 29, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

  • Sally Pitts
    Dec 01, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

    What an emotional, heart tugging, eye opening and amazing story! This blew me away with the beautiful writing that sucks you in and makes you cry for fictional characters. The characters have real flaws and emotions that make them feel so real. This was based on the Doolittle Raid even...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson is a historical fiction from WW2 based on the real life experiences of the Doolittle raid. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and the story line drew me in quickly. This time period is one that I have not read extensively, but...

    Interesting read about a different part of WWII. I enjoyed how she developed the 2 characters side by side. I kept wondering how she was going to bring them together. It did end in a way that invites you to read the next book as certain things are left unanswered. However, it ended the...

    What a riveting read!! I was transported into the lives of Miyako Matsuura and Dave Delham and literally couldn't put the book down until the last word was read!!! This is a definite full mark book, I wept, agonized and rejoiced with these characters and enjoyed and appreciated the boo...

    Very intense story full of deep emotions and heartache. Although a fictional story, the details are brought to life as if all the characters are real life depictions. While reading, I could imagine the sadness and turmoil in each life. There is a message of salvation and faith that bri...

    Crafted around a significant event in WWII, this fictional work tells the story of lives torn apart by the war. Human pride, despair, revenge, fear, faith, hope, redemption, forgiveness, and love are brilliantly shown in this story that will leave you wanting more with each page. I...

    This book had me at chapter 2! The author stays true to the sadness of war and doesn?t sugar coat it through a syrupy romance. Instead, does a great job developing the characters and storyline into a well-researched, believable plot that offers healing. The genre isn?t what I usual...

    A riveting story filled with gut-wrenching emotions experienced by those on opposing sides of WWII. Alternating between the viewpoints of the POWs during the war and a prostitute bent on revenge after the war keeps you in suspense. An interesting study in cultural differences. ...

  • Denise
    Nov 29, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

    What an emotional, heart tugging, eye opening and amazing story! This blew me away with the beautiful writing that sucks you in and makes you cry for fictional characters. The characters have real flaws and emotions that make them feel so real. This was based on the Doolittle Raid even...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson is a historical fiction from WW2 based on the real life experiences of the Doolittle raid. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and the story line drew me in quickly. This time period is one that I have not read extensively, but...

  • Paula Shreckhise
    Nov 17, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

  • Ron Miller
    Dec 30, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

  • Lauren Crews
    Nov 25, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

    What an emotional, heart tugging, eye opening and amazing story! This blew me away with the beautiful writing that sucks you in and makes you cry for fictional characters. The characters have real flaws and emotions that make them feel so real. This was based on the Doolittle Raid even...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson is a historical fiction from WW2 based on the real life experiences of the Doolittle raid. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and the story line drew me in quickly. This time period is one that I have not read extensively, but...

    Interesting read about a different part of WWII. I enjoyed how she developed the 2 characters side by side. I kept wondering how she was going to bring them together. It did end in a way that invites you to read the next book as certain things are left unanswered. However, it ended the...

    What a riveting read!! I was transported into the lives of Miyako Matsuura and Dave Delham and literally couldn't put the book down until the last word was read!!! This is a definite full mark book, I wept, agonized and rejoiced with these characters and enjoyed and appreciated the boo...

    Very intense story full of deep emotions and heartache. Although a fictional story, the details are brought to life as if all the characters are real life depictions. While reading, I could imagine the sadness and turmoil in each life. There is a message of salvation and faith that bri...

    Crafted around a significant event in WWII, this fictional work tells the story of lives torn apart by the war. Human pride, despair, revenge, fear, faith, hope, redemption, forgiveness, and love are brilliantly shown in this story that will leave you wanting more with each page. I...

    This book had me at chapter 2! The author stays true to the sadness of war and doesn?t sugar coat it through a syrupy romance. Instead, does a great job developing the characters and storyline into a well-researched, believable plot that offers healing. The genre isn?t what I usual...

  • Cindy Stewart
    Dec 09, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

  • Heidi
    Dec 11, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

  • Renee Regnier
    Nov 11, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

  • Jeanette-Marie Mirich
    Feb 25, 2019

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

    What an emotional, heart tugging, eye opening and amazing story! This blew me away with the beautiful writing that sucks you in and makes you cry for fictional characters. The characters have real flaws and emotions that make them feel so real. This was based on the Doolittle Raid even...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson is a historical fiction from WW2 based on the real life experiences of the Doolittle raid. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and the story line drew me in quickly. This time period is one that I have not read extensively, but...

    Interesting read about a different part of WWII. I enjoyed how she developed the 2 characters side by side. I kept wondering how she was going to bring them together. It did end in a way that invites you to read the next book as certain things are left unanswered. However, it ended the...

    What a riveting read!! I was transported into the lives of Miyako Matsuura and Dave Delham and literally couldn't put the book down until the last word was read!!! This is a definite full mark book, I wept, agonized and rejoiced with these characters and enjoyed and appreciated the boo...

    Very intense story full of deep emotions and heartache. Although a fictional story, the details are brought to life as if all the characters are real life depictions. While reading, I could imagine the sadness and turmoil in each life. There is a message of salvation and faith that bri...

    Crafted around a significant event in WWII, this fictional work tells the story of lives torn apart by the war. Human pride, despair, revenge, fear, faith, hope, redemption, forgiveness, and love are brilliantly shown in this story that will leave you wanting more with each page. I...

    This book had me at chapter 2! The author stays true to the sadness of war and doesn?t sugar coat it through a syrupy romance. Instead, does a great job developing the characters and storyline into a well-researched, believable plot that offers healing. The genre isn?t what I usual...

    A riveting story filled with gut-wrenching emotions experienced by those on opposing sides of WWII. Alternating between the viewpoints of the POWs during the war and a prostitute bent on revenge after the war keeps you in suspense. An interesting study in cultural differences. ...

    First time novelist, Linda Thompson, takes us to the shock of Jimmy Doolittle's raid and its aftermath on a pilot and the citizens of Osaka, the city his crew bombed. The Plum Bloom in Winter, an elegantly written book, depicts the harrowing POW experiences of a flight crew captured by...

  • Jan Kruzel
    Nov 07, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

  • Wayne Scott
    Nov 24, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

    What an emotional, heart tugging, eye opening and amazing story! This blew me away with the beautiful writing that sucks you in and makes you cry for fictional characters. The characters have real flaws and emotions that make them feel so real. This was based on the Doolittle Raid even...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson is a historical fiction from WW2 based on the real life experiences of the Doolittle raid. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and the story line drew me in quickly. This time period is one that I have not read extensively, but...

    Interesting read about a different part of WWII. I enjoyed how she developed the 2 characters side by side. I kept wondering how she was going to bring them together. It did end in a way that invites you to read the next book as certain things are left unanswered. However, it ended the...

    What a riveting read!! I was transported into the lives of Miyako Matsuura and Dave Delham and literally couldn't put the book down until the last word was read!!! This is a definite full mark book, I wept, agonized and rejoiced with these characters and enjoyed and appreciated the boo...

    Very intense story full of deep emotions and heartache. Although a fictional story, the details are brought to life as if all the characters are real life depictions. While reading, I could imagine the sadness and turmoil in each life. There is a message of salvation and faith that bri...

    Crafted around a significant event in WWII, this fictional work tells the story of lives torn apart by the war. Human pride, despair, revenge, fear, faith, hope, redemption, forgiveness, and love are brilliantly shown in this story that will leave you wanting more with each page. I...

  • Carla Nordstrom
    Nov 10, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

  • Sylvia Briggs
    Nov 11, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

  • Annelie Coetsee
    Nov 23, 2018

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

    What an emotional, heart tugging, eye opening and amazing story! This blew me away with the beautiful writing that sucks you in and makes you cry for fictional characters. The characters have real flaws and emotions that make them feel so real. This was based on the Doolittle Raid even...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson is a historical fiction from WW2 based on the real life experiences of the Doolittle raid. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and the story line drew me in quickly. This time period is one that I have not read extensively, but...

    Interesting read about a different part of WWII. I enjoyed how she developed the 2 characters side by side. I kept wondering how she was going to bring them together. It did end in a way that invites you to read the next book as certain things are left unanswered. However, it ended the...

    What a riveting read!! I was transported into the lives of Miyako Matsuura and Dave Delham and literally couldn't put the book down until the last word was read!!! This is a definite full mark book, I wept, agonized and rejoiced with these characters and enjoyed and appreciated the boo...

  • Cindy Huff
    Jan 06, 2019

    First, the disclaimer....I do not typically pick up books centered around any war, as my son served in Iraq in the Shock and Awe campaign, so wartime books/movies are hard for me. (thankfully, he survived). However, this one was different--The Plum Blooms in Winter had a completely dif...

    I don?t usually seek out Christian fiction, but I thought this would be intriguing, because it had Japan and sex work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised ? the portrayal of Miyako was more respectful and sympathetic than I expected. The author clearly did quite a bit of r...

    Review to come. ...

    Most of my reading about World War II has focused on the European Theater because my father served in the United States Army there. I was drawn into this book as it opened with a bombing raid on an aircraft factory in Osaka, Japan. Airplanes and the crews that fly them have always fasc...

    Once in a generation of books does an author accomplish what Linda Thompson did in The Plum Blooms in Winter. The road we ride with Miyako from utter rage and betrayal to forgiveness, redemption, and conversion is fresh and well done. But this book can?t be boxed in just one genre. I...

    GREAT read! I received a complementary copy from the publisher and really enjoyed the book. It was very captivating, made even more so by familial experiences in Japan during and after WWII. My dad was aboard the first ship to go to Japan after they surrendered and was so amazed and hu...

    I thought the author truly captured the horror of the war for both sides where Dave survived the horrific P.O.W. imprisonment and brought forth his courage and forgiveness, and the life Miyako lived after the bombing of the factory in Osaka and finding her little brother was killed. He...

    Just wow! This is a must read for both men and women! The author has a real gift of painting the scenes with words and making the characters step off the page. I want my grandkids to read this book to see the realities of life as it was in another time. Highly recommend the book! Can...

    This is great book! I couldn't put it down. Loved how the author switched from one main character to the other without loss of continuity. The novel deals realistically with the horrors of war and the seamy side of life without damaging the beauty of the story and the message of salvat...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter far exceeded my expectations! Set in Japan during WWII and post-WWII, the story involves a young Japanese woman who faces severe challenges to survive. Separately, an American pilot and his crew are taken as prisoners of war and also face the harsh reality of ...

    A hard-hitting tale of war and peace Thinking back on this book, my eyes are filling with tears again. Painful tears because the story is not pretty. It highlights a terrible time in history and a culture that believed might makes right and that honor matters more than anything else...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter, historical fiction by Linda Thompson, lays bare World War II in a way most of us have never seen. David was a Doolittle Raider. Miyako was a young Japanese woman. It?s hard to see war up close, and that?s what you see in Thompson?s book. Yes, we...

    Where do I even start. First things first, be sure to read the Author Note at the beginning and at the end of this one. Even if this book wasn?t exceptionally well done, I would give it a high rating just for the Authors Notes. Linda Thompson introduces her book with an explanation o...

    A story of heroism, suffering atrocities and redemption. Set in the Pacific theater of World War II, The Plum Blooms in Winter demonstrates why we call this America's greatest generation. From the captured airmen of the Doolittle air raid to the young Japanese woman struggling in the a...

    The Plum Blooms In Winter, by Linda Thompson, is a compelling story of love, honor and redemption set against the historical backdrops of both a World War II prison camp as well as in Japan, post-atomic bomb. Thompson proves she's a master at all the elements that create a satisfying ...

    This is a very well written historical fiction book! I am amazed at the depth of the characters. I have never read much based on the War in the Pacific during WWII. This book was quite an eye opener for me. There are two intersecting storylines. One of them is about a young Japan...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter excels at bringing history to life. This fiction-based-on-fact drama is a gold mine for historical fiction lovers. Linda Thompson carefully weaves details from the WWII Pacific Campaign and from post-WWII Japan into an unforgettable story of the power of forgi...

    A Plum Blooms In Winter by Linda Thompson is an extraordinary novel that deals with very hard subjects. It is wonderfully written and well worth picking up. Dave Denham is a pilot, one of Doolittle?s Raiders, who finds himself a Prisoner of War in Japan. Miyako has lost al...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter is a historical fiction novel by author Linda Thompson. The novel was inspired by true facts. It is book one of The Brands from the Burning series. I wanted to read this story because I am interested in books on WWII. And that this one is based on true facts q...

    What an incredible book! I am looking forward to the second one in this series. We meet Dave Delham, a pilot, one of the Doolittle raiders. Miyako, a young Japanese girl, loses her mother and little brother in the raid on Osaka. Her story is one of honor, culture and revenge. Dave beco...

    What an emotional, heart tugging, eye opening and amazing story! This blew me away with the beautiful writing that sucks you in and makes you cry for fictional characters. The characters have real flaws and emotions that make them feel so real. This was based on the Doolittle Raid even...

    The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson is a historical fiction from WW2 based on the real life experiences of the Doolittle raid. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and the story line drew me in quickly. This time period is one that I have not read extensively, but...

    Interesting read about a different part of WWII. I enjoyed how she developed the 2 characters side by side. I kept wondering how she was going to bring them together. It did end in a way that invites you to read the next book as certain things are left unanswered. However, it ended the...