THE MOON IN THE MANGO TREE is an emotional and riveting tale based on the true life of Pamela Binnings Ewen’s own grandmother. Under the glittering lights of the palace in Siam, can a woman choose between the freedom she craves and the husband she loves with her whole heart? Can she have it all–or does she have to choose? And when you choose between two things you love, must one be forever lost? If you were enchanted by The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bowmann, you’ll be caught in the spell of The Moon in the Mango Tree.
Join Pamela Binnings Ewen, myself and the Killion Group as we celebrate the release of The Moon in the Mango Tree with this 16 stop Book Blast from March 28th to April 1st. Included in this book blast is exclusive content, guest posts from Pamela, a spotlight of the book, reviews, and a giveaway. One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $50 Starbucks Gift Card! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/467d138c47/?
For those that know me, one of my major passions is books of the historical fiction genre. I was delighted therefore when I was given the opportunity to be part of the book blast for The Moon in the Mango Tree.
Without spoiling the story too much, The Moon in the Mango Tree is set in the dazzling decade of the 1920’s, and it tells the story of a beautiful young opera singer who torn between her fierce desire for independence–to create something of her own to give meaning and purpose to her life–and a deep abiding love for her husband, a medical missionary who will become royal physician to the court of Siam.
I loved how the book played out and the fact that this is based on a true story makes it even more special as you get to feel as you are truly part of Barbara’s story. I loved the vivid descriptions of the period and the dress and fashions of that time. In the book we follow Barbara Bond as she travels from Philadelphia to the jungles of the Orient (in to what is now modern day Thailand), through to pre-war Paris and Rome, in the struggle to find her place in the world. I always find it hard to fully rate a book based on a true story as who am I to rate their lives and what happened so focus on the writing style, format and whether I was gripped or not. For me the story was written well and played out at a steady pace keeping me engaged. 4 stars overall and well worth a read.
I have also attached an exclusive excerpt from the book below: “They tried to move quietly through the streets, searching for any signs of life. Guns pulled, they were ready for anything. The unpredictability of the situation had them on high alert. They searched the outside of several buildings, but to do an internal search would take too long. Flashlights were needed and they couldn’t risk giving themselves away.”
About Pamela Binnings Ewen:
After practicing law for many years in Houston, Texas, Pamela Binnings Ewen exchanged her partnership in the law firm of BakerBotts, L.L.P for writing. She lives near New Orleans, Louisiana. In September, 2013, Ewen’s novel, An Accidental Life, will be released by B&H Publishing Group. In addition, in September 2013, an updated, second edition of Ewen’s best-selling non-fiction book, Faith on Trial, will be released, including a new ‘User’s Guide’.
In addition to the new releases, Pamela is the author of four novels from B&H Publishing Group, including Secret of the Shroud, The Moon in the Mango Tree (a 2009 Christy Award Finalist), Dancing on Glass (a 2012 Christy Award Finalist, and winner of a Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award), and Chasing the Wind ( a Romantic Times ‘Top Pick’). The Moon in the Mango Tree was recently honored as winner of the 2012 Eudora Welty Memorial Award given by the National League of American Pen Women.
Pamela’s fiction writing grows out of her faith journey, which resulted in Faith on Trial in 1999. Faith on Trial , along with Lee Strobel’s A Case for Christ, was chosen as a text for a course on law and religion at Yale Law School in 2000. Pamela is also featured in the film Jesus: Fact or Fiction, produced by Campus Crusade for Christ. An updated second edition of Faith on Trial (September, 2013) includes a new ‘User’s Guide’.
While practicing law Pamela served on the board of directors of Inprint, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting the literary arts in Houston, Texas. Pamela has also served on the board of directors of the New Orleans Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. In 2007 she co-founded the Northshore Literary Society. Pamela received the St. Tammany Parish President’s Arts Award as Literary Artist of the Year in 2009.
Pamela is the latest writer to emerge from a Louisiana family recognized for its statistically improbable number of successful authors. A cousin, James Lee Burke, who won the Edgar Award, wrote about the common ancestral grandfathers in his Civil War novel White Dove At Morning. Among other writers in the family are Andre Dubus (Best Picture Oscar nomination for The Bedroom; his son, Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog, a Best Picture Oscar nomination and an Oprah pick; Elizabeth Nell Dubus (the Cajun trilogy); and Alafair Burke, just starting out with the well-received Samantha Kincaid mystery series.