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The Woman in the White Kimono

Written by: Ana Johns
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller,Lauren Ezzo
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Publisher's Summary

Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.

Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage to the son of her father’s business associate would secure her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man - an American sailor, a gaijin - and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.

America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation - one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

©2019 Ana Johns (P)2019 Harlequin Audio

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Beautiful writing style.

I guess I'm tired of pregnancy ruining every storyline involving women. I was hoping for a historical fiction about the culture and day to day living of Japan and women without pregnancy derailing it. There's a lot of screaming in the audiobook. So it makes for unpleasant listening in your headphones. I will be paying way closer attention to the description before selecting titles in the future. Now I actually Google 'women's historical fiction and adventure WITHOUT pregnancy storylines' when looking for new tales so I can actually enjoy my book and the subject matter... Ugh.

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one of the best books I have listened to. the narrator bought the the story to life.

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Dramatic narration

The story was interesting but I found the narrator's voice was too overwrought and dramatic. it seemed as if the reader was trying too hard to differentiate the various characters by raising her voice or talking in the back of her throat which I found very distracting.

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Interesting story

Another good story almost ruined by the narrator who tended to be overly dramatic which I found to be distracting. But the story was interesting and engaging.

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Good story, but cheesy

I came close to not finishing this story but I’m glad I did because it is a great story. It is written and performed the way I would imagine a Harliquin romance would be - cheesy.
I like that there was emotion in the performance, but it was very dramatic, so much so it took away from a great story

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An interesting concept for the story

The premise for the story is interesting, but poorly written. The narrators were beyond tolerable, in particular the American character, so much histrionics and screeching.

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Bittersweet and beautiful

This was one of the best stories that I have listened to in a very long time. The bringing together of generations, with each untold story kept me rapt right until the end, such a wonderful storyline and characters. I could not stop listening and was sad when it ended. Wonderful story.

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beautiful

beautiful and sorrowful, this book made me weep and my heart ache. it touched me and taught me about a brutal history I had no knowledge of. It opend my eyes and I am grateful. It was magic and I am very glad that I was able to get a chance to read it.

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Perfect!

An amazing memorable book and historical eye opener. Inhighly recommend.....this would make for an epic movie!

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Engaging story

This book was easy to enjoy. It had great story line and interesting elements of history.

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