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Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.

Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura's prearranged marriage to the son of her father's business associate would secure her family's status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man - an American sailor, a gaijin - and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it's learned Naoko carries the sailor's child, she's cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.

America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation - one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori's journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

©2019 Ana Johns (P)2019 Harlequin Audio

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hauntingly beautiful book

Absolutely loved this story based upon historical facts. Very sad but touching. A love story in essence. I didn't like the narrators voice when speaking in the male characters. Otherwise it was wonderfully narrated. Lovely read.

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easy listening, yet addictive

lovely book taking you between Japan in the early War years to the present day. lovely story, interesting to hear the epilogue and where the inspiration came from.

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Loved this, great story

If I had read this as a book I would have highlighted all the wonderful Japanese sayings. Great story well told

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A beautiful book

Loved this book from start to finish, couldn't leave it down.
Beautifully written and well researched giving insite to some of the cultures and beliefs of Japan in the 1950 and still today.

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Stellar storytelling AND Narrating

I will be looking for more books from Ana John's. Her characters were fascinating and the story was beautifully woven. Even though much of the content was devastatingly sad, it was well-balanced and never felt like "too much.'
Laurence Bouvard provided extensive variation in voicing the characters. I was thoroughly transported by their voice!

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Highly recommend

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will listen to it again. It was a very emotional book and the characters come to life.
I very much looked forward to sitting down on an evening to listen to it. The only thing I didn’t like, and I nearly gave up with the book because of it, was the male narrator’s voice... very cringy, grating tone, (a bit like nails and blackboard). Please stick with it, it’s worthwhile.

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Wow! An emotional rollercoaster

I can’t begin to tell you quite how much I LOVED this audiobook
The story was beautifully told and an rollercoaster of anger, happiness, disbelief and ultimately, love and friendship
Just beautiful

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Persevered past the voice irritation

I’m so pleased I managed to get past the (what I found to be) irritating voices the narrator does, particularly for the main male character. It almost caused me to stop listening. However, the story is lovely and I’m delighted I got past that (I stopped being quite so annoyed by it as the story unfolded).

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Really Enjoyed it!

I loved this story. It's has very beautiful language and the history while not all real, was interesting and sad. I found myself looking forward to walking or taking a longer route just so I could listen more!

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Fascinating Story

Loved it. Narrator nearly excellent but not great at men - the all sounded the same - but main two female characters mesmerising. Would recommend

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  • 12-04-21

Awful narration

This narrator uses terrible voices for the characters. Baby voice, the main male character sounds like Homer Simpson. I have to switch to the ebook as I cannot listen to her anymore