October 1, 2013

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford



Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Categories: Literary, Historical

Description:
About Jamie
 
Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.
 
Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

My Thoughts:

Songs of Willow Frost contains so many story-telling elements that I adore. There's history, family, and Asian culture. There's the glamour of music, movies, and stars. There's also the grinding poverty of a nation in a major depression.

William's emotional journey wasn't always easy to read about. There were some moments that were so distressing I wasn't sure if I could go on. 


There were also moments that seemed a bit too neat and unrealistic. 


But there was no stopping! The fantastic writing and the need to find out what happen to William next kept me turning the pages. I was so happy to have read this books and I'd like to thank TLC Book Tours for the opportunity. 

recommend that you get a copy of this book, grab a box of tissues, and enjoy.


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40 comments:

  1. Your reviews really have a way of making me feel, "I MUST READ THIS BOOK!"
    This one sounds fantastic.

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  2. I missed reading Ford's previous book and it's been on my list forever. I will have to get to it soon and then read this one too!

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    1. I missed the first one as well...which is just ridiculous! :D

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  3. I still haven't had a chance to read the copy I have, but you made me want to move it up my list a bit (so many people have been talking about how great it is!)

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    1. It's definitely worth moving up towards the top of the pile. ;)

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  4. Songs of Willow Frost sounds fantastic. I want to read it now.

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    1. I even love the title and cover ;) I hope you're able to get to it!

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  5. I look forward to eventually picking this one up! I really liked Ford's other book, and this sounds just as interesting. I'm glad you liked it!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I hope you dig this one too...if you ever get to it, lol. I know how that goes!

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  6. I will be reading On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet this month, and I can't wait to read this one after. I just listened to a podcast that talked about this book, and I am INTRIGUED.

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    1. I NEED to read Bitter & Sweet. It's kinda bonkers that I haven't already!

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  7. I've said this before, but I am really in need for a nice emotional read!! I think I will add this to my list, Jennifer! I haven't read any of his books yet, but I do have Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet on my kindle.

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    1. Awww, this might just be that emotional read you've been looking for :D

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  8. I think we could all use a good cry right now...what with Congress acting up and all that. So bring it on. Thanks for the review. I'll look into it.

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  9. I loved this book! So glad you liked it too. It brought out so many emotions!

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    1. It really did :D I'm glad you liked it as well!

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  10. Sounds great, Jennifer!!
    I will add it to the list of "for when I need to weep a little" :)

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    1. LOL, love the title of that list Isi!!

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  11. Just read this one. You and your gifs! I made ALL THESE FACES while reading this!

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    1. Right!?! Great minds think/feel/boo hoo hoo alike!

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  12. Thanks for the gif-tastic review! :)

    Best wishes,

    Jamie

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    1. You're very welcome Jamie, it was my pleasure!

      Thanks so much for stopping by :D

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  13. This one sounds good! I've seen it on other blogs, but I wasn't really sure what it was about. I will have to look for it at the library. :)

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    1. I hope you find it Lindsey :) As always, I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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  14. I loved Ford's first book and am looking forward to this one. It sounds like it's definitely worth reading.

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    1. I haven't read his first book. I need to remedy that! :D

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  15. I have been reading many positive reviews of this book-will have to look for it. Have you read anything else by this author?

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    1. I haven't. His first book did remarkably well though. I definitely want to get to it!

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  16. I usually pass on any book that's likely to make me cry, but I liked The Book Thief so much, I might have to rethink reading books like this one :)

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    1. I love a good weepy book, lol. It's cathartic for me to boo hoo over a book. (Rather than real life!)

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  17. So everyone's been raving about this book- and I think eventually, I'll get to read it! With a big box of tissues and a bottle of wine!

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    1. LOL, love that idea girl, love it!!

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  18. Thanks for being on the tour!

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  19. Oh, gosh, yes, this one is so sad!

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    1. Right? :( Nearly depressing if you let it!

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  20. I really enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet so am looking forward to this one!

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    1. I have to get my hands on a copy of Bitter and Sweet. I might be the last person on earth to read it ;)

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