September 1 2022
Some September Trivia Facts - With an Unintended Theme!
How can a ghost story be suspenseful and serene at the same time? The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn provides a richly descriptive cultural backdrop of Japanese traditions such as food, clothing, and respect. All characteristics of Japanese life I would never have associated with a ghost story. And the gardens!
From the beginning, I vowed to immerse myself slowly in this delicate tale – each scene an experience to be savoured. To understand Mari Lennox and what has brought her to Japan.
Each character involved with Mari-san, has been created with loving care to detail and begs the reader to want to learn more. Is Mari the only guest at the run-down Yanagi Inn? Why is Ogura-san, the woman who runs the Inn, so hostile toward her? Mari is befriended by Yuna-san and Honda-san, who both help her discover why she’s able to see the weeping ghost at the Inn, and the real reason for Mari’s return to Japan from Chicago. Her grief at the recent death of her mother and a failed romantic relationship adds human layers to Mari that many readers will be able to relate to.
I loved this beautifully written story!
A few months ago, I downloaded "China" by Edward Rutherfurd. A lengthy tale of a seventy-year family saga that starts in the nineteenth century, during the reign of Britain’s Queen Victoria. Through the viewpoints of British, American and Chinese families, the novel tells the sweeping and dramatic tale of how the West met the exotic Empire of China. I love his writing and its a book I'm enjoying. Another of his historical tales, "Sarum", remains one of my favourite all-time books.
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