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In [a:Jamie Ford|1421619|Jamie Ford|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1263400707p2/1421619.jpg]’s second novel, Songs of Willow Frost, he proves that he’s not a one-hit wonder. This book was just as readable as his first, [b:Hotel on the Corner of Bitter Sweet|3367956|Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet|Jamie Ford|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348332221s/3367956.jpg|3407295].
Beginning in early ’30s Seattle, we enter the world of William and Charlotte, two orphans at the Sacred Heart orphanage. William, a Chinese boy, longs to find his mother. Charlotte, a blind girl, lives in fear of her father returning for her. After a chance sighting at the cinema, William is convinced his mother is Willow Frost, a well-known Chinese actress, and along with Charlotte, William sets off to find her.
This adventure, and its aftermath, is the first third of the novel. We are soon taken back in time 10 years to find out who Willow Song is, and how she got to where she is when William discovers her. The last third of the novel returns us to William’s timeline for a satisfactory resolution to the story.
I found the parts of the novel about William and Charlotte to move much faster than the parts about Willow Frost (aka Liu Song). While it was interesting to read about how the Chinese were treated in 1920s Seattle, the story sometimes bogged down in the details.
Overall, however, this was an engrossing read. If you liked [a:Lisa See|713|Lisa See|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1209949634p2/713.jpg]’s [b:Shanghai Girls|5960325|Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)|Lisa See|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327968416s/5960325.jpg|5991850], you’ll like this book too. And of course, if you enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, you’ll want to read this book. Recommended!