The Plum Blooms in Winter: Inspired by a Gripping True Story from World War II's Daring Doolittle Raid

The Plum Blooms in Winter: Inspired by a Gripping True Story from World War II's Daring Doolittle Raid

by Linda Thompson


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ISBN-13: 9781943959488
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Publication date: 11/09/2018
Series: Brands from the Burning , #1
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 835,651
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

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The Plum Blooms in Winter: Inspired by a Gripping True Story from World War II's Daring Doolittle Raid 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
iStudyScripture 3 months ago
4.5/5 Stars In The Plum Blooms in Winter, Linda Thompson portrays two human hearts rising out of the ashes of war. Prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dave Delham dreamed of flying and returning home to America as a hero. Halfway around the world, 14-year-old Miyako Matsuura was a young student and the daughter of a notable family. A sense of noble destiny "sang through her blood" and her family's honor was foremost in her thoughts. Their worlds and priorities would be upended on April 18th, 1942 when Delham and the crew of the Pensacola Payback B-25 unleashed its payload of bombs on Osaka, Japan and then ditched in Japanese occupied China. As an American, veteran, and military spouse I was initially drawn in by my deference to those who wear the uniform. I love the patriotic spirit of the story and the bravery shown by the servicemen while in captivity, but I also cringed at the actions of some after the war concluded. Through Matsuura and her family, readers begin to understand the weight Japanese culture places on honor. I enjoyed the balance between sides, the author's crisp pacing, and the gradual unveiling of the gospel message. Edgy, yet edifying, Thompson's debut is sure to leave its mark on you. Some may be apprehensive about the subject matter of this story.  If so, let me try to assuage your fears... For much of the book, Delham is a prisoner of war. He endures torture at the hand of his Japanese captors, with prisoner conditions echoing those chronicled in non-fiction history books. The author treads carefully with Matsuura's profession, giving it an air of authenticity without crossing the line into sensuality or salaciousness. Furthermore, these scenes demonstrate each character's depravity and that of their fellow man. By no means do I think Thompson has stepped beyond the bounds of what could be labeled Christian fiction. To the contrary, it was apparent to me she took great pains to be sensitive to her audience while delivering a powerful story of forgiveness and redemption. The Plum Blooms in Winter highlighted for me the true battlefield for man—our hearts and minds. If you have time to squeeze in one more book before the New Year, let it be this one. If not, then you definitely need to add it to your list of books to read in 2019.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A riveting story filled with gut wrenching emotions of those on opposing sides in WWII. The author keeps you in suspense by alternating the POW viewpoint during the war and plans for revenge years after the war. The book conveys an interesting contrast in cultural beliefs.
Anonymous 5 months ago
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 almost everything to war: her mother, her two brothers and her self-respect. She is forced into prostitution in order to keep her ailing father in medicine and the two of them in food. She keeps that fact from her father as she seeks to avenge the family honor by plotting against the Americans who took her family from her. Linda Thompson writes with a realism that this kind of informaion demands. She doesn’t sugarcoat the circumstances that history has shown us. But she tells the tale with compassion. She shows us that sometimes you have to reach rock bottom before you can look up and see Salvation through Christ. The story is beautifully written. It is wonderful to me that it is based on a true happening, as explained in the afterward. I applaud the author’s decision to bring these people to life in such a poignant way. If you are looking for fiction based in fact and you want to be challenged and changed, then this is the book for you. *I received this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.* Paula Shreckhise
GrandaddyA 5 months ago
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 fascinated me, so I felt I was flying along with Lieutenant Dave Delham and the four men in his crew as they dropped their bombs and then headed for what they hope to be a safe landing in China. Then the scene changes and Matsuura Miyako is walking home from school with her friend as a bomb hits the factory only a short distance from her and she realizes her little brother is closer to the factory than she is. When she gets to him, he is dead. Suddenly her life is torn apart and her anger and bitterness at the Americans who are responsible eats at her. The story of the pilot and his crew plays out over the next several years as they struggle to stay alive in a Japanese war prison after having to bail from their plane. Alternating with these scenes are scenes of Miyako six years later as she struggles to take care of herself and her father after they have lost everything. And then the pilot of the plane that threw her life into utter upheaval appears and she becomes intent on killing him to restore the honor of her family. The author has done a fine job of taking some snippets of history and weaving together a gripping story of the horrors of war and the redemptive power of God’s Word. The story may not be for everyone because war is not nice and pretty. The author has carefully skimmed over some of the stark details to avoid some of the offensiveness of war but the reality is still haunting. I received an advance copy of the book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Phyllis_H 3 days ago
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. And yet happy tears because it is the story of redemption highlighting the mercy and grace that come only from God. Using time-slip to connect the events during the war and the time thereafter, the author seamlessly and naturally wove the narrative around the lives of two very different people, the American flyer who dropped bombs that destroyed Japanese lives and the young woman turned prostitute seeking her family’s honor through revenge. Reading this story ripped my heart into pieces. Yet, despite its dark nature, there were glimmers of hope. And it was so compelling and beautifully written I was drawn forward, needing to see how it worked out. I confess that I almost quit part-way through. It was just so much. Experiencing the pain and privation of the prisoner of war. Reading of the abuse and shame and pain of a young woman forced into a despicable profession that she couldn’t let her father know about. Seeing her overwhelming need for avenging the deaths of so many in her family. Desperately seeking honor against seemingly insurmountable odds. It hurt. Yet I am so glad I finished. The hope and redemption that shone through made it all worthwhile. While Dave’s story was not unexpected, Miyako’s story was so full of twists and turns and surprises I never knew what to expect or even what to hope for her. I plan on reading the next book in the series, realizing even now that it, too, will probably affect me like this. While the ending was enough, it hinted at much more to come and I am anxiously awaiting its release already. I am amazed that this masterpiece was written by a debut author. Keep your eyes on her - if the books that follow are anything like this one, she is going to be winning all kinds of awards! If you are looking for a light, easy read, keep looking - this is not it. But if you are looking for a story that has substance, one that will challenge you, look no further. Be prepared to read it the entire way through, though - you will not want to put it down. In case you didn’t pick up on this from the book description or the review, I’ll just put a quick warning here. This story is not for young teenagers. It is incredibly heavy subject matter. Torture, prostitution, and the horrors of a nation recovering from war. While it is handled delicately and tactfully, it is a major part of the story and the author did not attempt to disguise or whitewash it. Read with a Preview at I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
19143013 21 days ago
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 aftermath of the war, the reader is carried along with the conflicts and trials of each character. Even the predatory characters show their humanity. Linda Thompson writes in an engaging style that grips the reader with the intensity of each situation. It's a page turner so you might need to stay up for awhile if you start reading in the evening. The events and revelations of the story also point to a deeper meaning in the midst of uncertainty and tragedy. It reminds us that there is more to each life than outward appearances, struggles, and personal effort. There is a spiritual capacity and redemption that can supersede our suffering, losses, and even our personal victories.
WRScott5779 27 days ago
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 received a complimentary publisher's copy with no obligation to review. All opinions expressed are my own.
pamarellarae 3 months ago
I’m writing a review for the book The Plum Blooms in Winter. It’s a wonderful historical fiction book based on a true story of the Doolittle Raid in Japan during WWII, it also includes a storyline from post WWII. Linda Thompson, the author of this book has done a wonderful job both researching this and writing a terrific story. She captures each character’s personality, whether they be a street hardened criminal gang member, a heartbroken prostitute who must work to feed herself and care for her ill father or a crew of American airmen, suffering abuse and starvation in a Japanese POW camp, with their greatest longing to return home after almost 4 years in prison. Ms Thompson does it well. I was immediately pulled into the story and didn’t want to stop reading. I’m an avid WWII reader and this definitely is on my top 5 list. I was worrying, crying, laughing and rejoicing throughout the book. I’m sure you will enjoy it too. War is a painful subject. In this book there are parts difficult to read, yet tastefully written. In this book there is also love and forgiveness and the power of God bringing men home from war and causing forgiveness to happen in the heart’s of enemies towards one another. Can’t get any better than that! To top it off it’s a true part of the story! I was given this to read by the publisher and asked for nothing in return. It is my desire to give the review I did based on my opinion of the book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I love this cover of The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson. It shows the beauty juxtaposed with the danger and horror of life during WWII in Japan. I just finished reading this book and LOVED it! Although there are some disturbing themes, they are very true to life in Japan during this time period. And they tell a story of forgiveness and redemption for both of the main characters–Matsurra Miyako lives a charmed life until the bombing of Japan. Then every thing turns sour for her, especially her bitter and fearful heart, until she is finally released from custody to her brother who tells her of the Christ. US Pilot Dave Delham helped dropped some of the first bombs on Japan before being captured and held in terrible conditions in a POW camp in Japan for over three years, so he also has much anger and unforgiveness in his heart until God touches him in that very place.I hope you will order a copy of this book to find out all the details and let your heart be touched also by how God can work miracles even in the worst of situations. Highly recommend! And I can’t wait for the next one in this series!
Anonymous 3 months ago
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 forgiveness. Through the use of carefully crafted description, the reader is transported to faraway places—inside a B-25 bomber, in China, and in Japan. Internal character conflict, external forces, and unexpected twists evoke strong emotions in the reader. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher but was not obligated to write a review. The comments are totally my opinion. --Cindy Stewart
Bookworm_Debbie 4 months ago
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 Japanese woman in Osaka, Japan. The book begins with the bombing raid by Dolittle’s Boys. As an American I have always seen that as a victory. It was great to see it from the other side. The second storyline is about one of the young pilots who carried out the bombing raid. I was very interested in the information she included about how the Chinese people helped the men who had to bail out of their planes. The best part is the redemption that Dave found in Christ. His portrayal of the forgiveness that God gives is wonderful. This book is much heavier in the details given about life from 1942-1948 than I have read before. This made it a difficult book to read for me. I found myself having to take more frequent breaks to give myself time to process all of the my emotions. I’m very glad that I read it and I look forward to the rest of this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Lattebooks 4 months ago
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 event and historical happenings. It breaks my heart that someone went through all this, but God took it and turned it for His good. I know many don’t realize how gritty and real war is and of the real people on the other side. This tells both sides of lives that are changed by war and all that encompasses. A beautiful tapestry of words that forms a bookshelf keeper!
Holly Love 4 months ago
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. If Christian lit is not your bag, read it for the historical fiction. Thompson’s research on the era—WWII and post- WWII Japan is impeccable. Her description of Japan in the late ’40s is a punch to the gut with images and smells and devastation that you feel rather than read. Not into history? Buckle your seat belt for the powerful suspense, killer twists and turns delivered in every chapter. Are you looking for a good read, full of well-written prose, every word in its place, not one word wasted? Linda Thompson delivers. This is the kind of book that even if you know historically what happens, you keep reading anyway. Linda Thompson’s command of writing, as well as her intimate knowledge of her subject matter, make that work for us. That is challenging for seasoned authors, and Thompson’s prose makes it look easy. Lastly, and most important for me, is the redemption in the book. The author creates a character from the “enemy camp” and brings her story, her desires, her goals to life, so we, the reader are actually rooting for her. Then, at the end of the novel, to experience the redemption, forgiveness, and grace through the characters is life changing. Rare is the story that comes along that challenges us in our own small lives. Linda Thompson brings it home with this one.
Dbryant 4 months ago
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 the author did an amazing job bringing her characters to life. Both the American soldiers and the Japanese. Not only did she portray the horrors of war with reality and grace, we see the story of forgiveness and redemption from both sides. The complex emotions of revenge were carefully woven keeping you wanting to read more. I am anxiously waiting for the second book to follow. Thank you to both the author and the publisher for the advance complimentary copy.
MelissaGH 4 months ago
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 brings hope. Bring the tissues. I received a complimentary copy of this story. This is my own personal honest opinion. No review was required.
BMace 5 months ago
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 becomes a prisoner of war and is held for 1219 days under conditions most of us would not survive. Miyako enters the world of prostitution in order to care for her aging father and herself. This is a story of captivity that ends in freedom most unexpected. Is it possible that there will be forgiveness for both? I received this ARC from the publisher with no review expected. All impressions and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 5 months ago
What a riveting read! I was transported into the lives of Miyako Matsuura and Dave Delham in the time frame of World War 2 and I couldn't put the book down until the very last word was read! This is a definite full mark book, I wept, agonized and rejoiced with these characters and enjoyed and appreciated the book even more when I read it a second time. I received an advance copy of "The plum blooms in Winter" from the author Linda Thompson and I want to commend her as a brilliant writer. I will definitely be first in line for any other books she might write in future!!