I received a free copy of Songs of Willow Frost from TLC Book Tours for my honest opinion. I received no other compensation for this post.
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I did not read Mr. Ford’s first book, On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, although I have seen all of the excellent reviews so when I was offered the opportunity to read this novel I was quite happy to do so. The buzz around his first book and the storyline of this one had me anticipating a good read and I was not disappointed. Songs of Willow Frost is not a happy book by any stretch of the imagination – the tale of a young Chinese American orphan in Seattle during the depression is not going to be a tale full of joy. It was though, a story that kept me glued to its pages through all of the sadness and horror of poor Willow’s life even as she found some modicum of success as a movie star.
Young William is an orphan at the Sacred Heart Orphanage and while out celebrating the collective birthday that all the boys have been assigned he sees a photo of a movie star – Willow Frost – and he knows, he just KNOWS that this is his mother. The mother he last saw being carried away looking quite dead. He was left alone and no one ever came back for him which is why he has been in the orphanage for almost 8 years now. He has to meet Willow Frost to confirm what he knows in his heart. He and his one friend at the orphanage, a blind girl named Charlotte escape and conspire to meet Willow.
The book is really two stories; William’s and Willows. They are told in alternating chapters and the reader learns how both came to be where they are. Neither story is really easy but consider the times – we are talking 1920 Seattle and a Chinese American woman on her own. Did she really have any kind of a chance? The book does have melodramatic overtones but I think they are necessary for the telling and for the time in which the tale is told. William’s story takes place during the Depression – not much happy going on then.
I found the characters to be very well developed and very unique and interesting. The writing was magical. I felt myself lost in the world Mr. Ford created and could feel the damp of the atmosphere and the squalor of the inner city. When he described the theater where Willow performed I experienced the wonder along with William and his friend Charlotte due to the way it was written to me. I’ll keep this one for another read.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Songs of Willow Frost from TLC Book Tours for my honest opinion. I received no other compensation for this post.