13 June 2019

The Woman in the White Kimono | Book Review + Giveaway


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.

Publisher: Park Row
Release Date: May 28, 2019


The debut novel from Ana Johns, The Woman in the White Kimono connects the stories of two women in a captivating way. Historical-fiction readers, this is a book to add to your TBR.

In post-World War II Japan, Naoko Nakamura defies familial and societal expectations by falling for an American sailor, setting her life on an unexpected trajectory. In the present-day America, Tori Kovac discovers a shocking family secret while caring for her dying father. As Tori travels to Japan to better understand her past, the stories of these two women poignantly intertwine, delving into love, loss, and redemption.

Beautiful and emotional, The Woman in the White Kimono is an excellent read. I enjoyed it immensely and now recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Ana Johns worked over twenty years in the creative arts field, as both a creative director and business owner, before turning her hand to fiction. Born and raised in metro Detroit, she now resides in Indianapolis with her family. The Woman in the White Kimono is her first novel.




  1. Gorgeous cover! I love learning about Asian culture and this book is now high on my list.

  2. Sounds like a fascinating book. Looking forward to reading.

  3. I love when a debut novel is so sweeping and grand, it makes me excited to see what else they do! Thanks for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours