Tyndale House. Jul. 2022. 480p. ISBN 9781496426871. $25.99. CF
Korean American Choi Eunhee is wrongfully blamed for her Navy husband’s death from the “Asian flu” in the aftermath of the Korean war. She finds an unlikely refuge at the home of recently widowed Helen Devries who is fighting to keep her civilian nursing position at a Washington State Naval hospital. The two newly independent women cook, garden, and find a way forward in a world sometimes hostile to widows. In a parallel storyline, their granddaughters Cassidy and Grace face challenges of their own. When long-held family secrets are uncovered, the young Millennials gain courage and faith to persevere.
VERDICT Byrd (“Daughters of Hampshire” series) delivers a crossover hit for fans of Susie Finkbeiner and Cynthia Ruchti. This is women’s fiction as it is meant to be written with intriguing characters making decisions that ripple through generations. This is also a timely pick featuring the story of an Asian immigrant and her descendants facing both struggles and triumphs while creating community in the U.S.
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