White Chrysanthemum, Mary Lynn Bracht

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Title: White Chrysanthemum

Author: Mary Lynn Bracht

Pages:  320

Genre: historical fiction

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish Date:  January 30, 2018



     In a little island town in Korea during World War II two sisters are torn apart to lead very different lives.  The eldest, Hanna, taken by Japanese soldiers, the youngest, Emi to survive with the guilt and pray that she finds the sister she loves again someday.  Traveling back and forth from 1943 to 2011, a story of love heart ache and strength of spirit unfolds.

My thoughts:

           This book is not a quick read.  It will break you, wreck you.  It is beautiful in it’s description of savagery.  I loved it.  The characters were well done and glorious.  You ended up enthralled by their stories.  I loved the way the Haenyeo were described and the absolute devotion the sisters had to one another.  There was so much to adore with this beautifully written book!  I will admit that I had to take time to digest before reviewing this book.  Some of the events really hit me hard.  For me, this is a five star book.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

On the adult content scale there’s violence, abduction, rape and language.  I would not recommend for a teen reader.  I give it an eight. adult content rubber stamp

I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks!  first to read

The book came out today!  Is it on your TBR?

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