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Today’s New Releases–The Art of Hiding & When the Future Comes Too Soon

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Don’t Miss Today’s New Extraordinary Releases!

My Review–The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse- 5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/07/12/the-art-of-hiding-by-amanda-prowse

My Review–When the Future Comes Too Soon by Selina Siak Chin Yoke
https://write-escape.com/2017/06/21/when-the-future-comes-too-soon-by-selina-siak-chin-yoke

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When The Future Comes Too Soon by Selina Siak Chin Yoke

 

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Don’t Miss This New Historical Fiction Release, When The Future Comes Too Soon.

Coming July 18, 2017

 

After enjoying Selina Siak Chin Yoke’s debut novel, The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds, I was eager to read the sequel. What makes this author’s writing so fascinating to me, is her ability to transport me into her story. In this book, I felt as if I lived through the horrific period of time, when Malaya, was under Japanese control during WWII. The only thing I found difficult, was keeping track of the characters. Once I had the names straight in my mind, though, I couldn’t put the book down.

The story is narrated by a strong, likable character, Wong Mei Foong. When Mei Foong met her husband to be, Wong Weng Yu, she quickly fell in love with him. His quiet, sensitive nature, his love for music, and his deep singing voice captured Mei Foong’s, heart. She didn’t realize then, though, that Weng Yu was also in love with himself, and her father’s money. Weng Yu was a British-educated engineer and very handsome. On paper, Weng Yu was the perfect husband. But, in reality, he either ignored Mei Foong or treated her with contempt. When another man showed kindness to Mei Foong during a painful period in her life, Weng Yu became furious. Unfortunately, it was Mei Foong who paid the price for that kindness.

The book depicts how the Malayan people were oppressed during the Japanese rule. And, the sharp, authentic details and dialect made this book come alive for me.

Thank you, Amazon Crossings and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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*The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds* by Selina Siak Chin Yoke

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A Fascinating New Release! 5-Stars

The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds is a fascinating story about Chye Hoon, a Malayan-Chinese woman who struggled to keep her Nyonya/Baba heritage alive; in an ever-changing world. The story takes place in Malaya (old Malaysia) during the 19th and 20th century.

The book begins with Chye Hoon, the narrator, as a high-spirited child, known by many, for her dragon temper. Chye Hoon envied her brother’s education and privileged life. Girls in her family weren’t allowed to go to school. They were taught instead, at home to cook, sew, and clean. Although Chye Hoon didn’t care for spending her days in a kitchen, she accepted her role, in the family, and made the most of it. Chye Hoon’s parents were afraid that their strong-willed daughter would never marry, but Peng Choon, an accountant, proved them wrong. It was Chye Hoon’s robust and independent spirit that attracted him to her. They had ten children together, and Chye Hoon made sure, that every single one of them, including the girls, had an education.
To keep from losing her sons, Chye Hoon reluctantly allowed Western ways to infiltrate her world. In the end, though, Chye Hoon wished that she had been more welcoming. She regretted calling her friend’s Scottish husband, a White-Devil, because, in truth, he was not a devil at all, but a good man. A man who had helped her. The book captures the essence of Malaya, the culture, the people, and their dialect. The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds, brought Malaya, alive for me, so much so, that I felt as if I had been there. This is not an easy-breezy read, but a book that will stay with the reader, long after they’ve turned the last page.

Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to read this advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover