07 January 2021

The Mulberry Leaf Whispers | Excerpt + Giveaway

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A WWII Japanese naval officer. The teenage daughter of a legendary Christian samurai. Three centuries separate them, but a crucial question binds their destinies together.

Which lives have value?

In the highly anticipated sequel to her award-winning debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, Linda Thompson provides a riveting story inspired by true events.

“Splendid story!… Rivals Shogun with its sweeping story of passion and faith, of survival and hope…. Be prepared to be enriched, moved and deeply satisfied.” – Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of Something Worth Doing

“Gorgeous… not-to-be-missed…” – Sarah Sundin, bestselling and Carol Award-winning author of When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series

1587. Bartered off in a peace agreement to the ancient enemies of her illustrious house, is Sono a war prize, a hostage, or a bride? One hope sustains her. If she can provide an heir to the dashing husband she just met, she’ll ensure decades of peace for the beloved family she was forced to leave behind. But when a dark secret threatens her desperate bid to purchase their security, she must rise to a battle she never dreamed she’d fight.

1942. Akira Matsuura’s naval vessel explodes under enemy fire. Everything he has lived for disappears in flames with it. His command, his crew, his future—all lost. Worse, his honor is eternally decimated. A prisoner’s life is of value to no one. Least of all to himself. But a stunning twist reveals his family’s secret shame. Can a long-buried truth provide the vital spark that reignites his will to live?

Thrill to two poignant journeys of courage, duty, and sacrifice, deftly woven through the centuries to inspire with dynamic faith that conquers despair.

Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: December 15, 2020



“Ah! Papa-san.” Sono dropped to her knees beside him. His face was already taking on an ashen hue. Death had overtaken the warrior.

Tears blurred her view of him. She lay her hands on the floor in front of her and prostrated herself. Pressed her forehead into the mat until she could feel the fine weave in the straw and smell the faint odor of autumn fields. The first sob forced its way through, breaching her dam of restraint. The next came faster, and then sobs wracked her.

Others entered. Mama-san greeted them. Padre Lucena spoke words no doubt intended to encourage them all. There was comfort in the deep bass of his voice, but it flowed around Sono like water glides past the hull of a ship. The truth was cold and hard as stone, and nothing anyone said could budge it.

Papa-san was gone. And she was leaving—a peace offering to their bitter enemies.


Linda Thompson stepped back from a corporate career that spanned continents to write what she loves—stories of unstoppable faith. Her debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, was a Cascade Award winner and a Christy- and Carol-Award finalist. Linda writes from the sun-drenched Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, a third-generation airline pilot who is also her Chief Military Research Officer, one mostly-grown-up kid, and a small platoon of housecats. When Linda isn’t writing you’ll find her rollerblading—yes, that makes her a throwback—taking in a dramatic desert moonrise, or enjoying their first grandbaby.


(1) winner will receive a copy of the soon-to-be-released audiobook for Linda’s award-winning debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, her latest release, The Mulberry Leaf Whispers, in winner’s choice of Kindle or paperback format, plus a $10 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 4, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 11, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Thank you so much, Hallie, for featuring The Mulberry Leaf Whispers on your blog today. I appreciate what you do to promote quality Christian fiction!

  2. Thank you for your comments. Sounds so good! Looking forward to reading it!
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  3. Sounds like a good book.

  4. Anonymous7/1/21 13:52

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