The Moon in the Mango Tree (mini-review)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen is historical 1920's story about a young married couple who travel to Siam (what is today Thailand) so the husband can work as a medical missionary. The wife is a singer who was about to join the opera, but leaves her dreams behind to follow her husband and be a good wife. She struggles with having to choose between following her dreams and being a supportive wife. She also doesn't fit in well with the husband's Christian mission group and finds herself questioning their purpose in Thailand.

This is fiction based on the true events in the life of the author's grandmother. The characters were realistic and I felt for the main character "Babs". I was drawn into the life they lived. My only criticism would be that it was a little long. It really wasn't even that there were long drawn out passages, because there wasn't anything that I got bored with reading, but there were scenese that weren't important either. I was happy with the way the book ended and happy I had the chance to read about this era and experience.


Jennifer said...

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