Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Siri Mitchell's Moon Over Tokyo ~ Reviewed

Moon Over Tokyo
Siri L. Mitchell
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (July 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736917594
ISBN-13: 978-0736917599

Though reporter Allie O'Connor has lived in Japan for two years, she still barely copes as a foreigner. After an office romance ends badly, she prays in her lonliness one moonlit night for a friend. Just a friend.

Soon after this prayer she runs into Eric Larson at church, an old classmate from high school. Eric has been assigned to the U.S. embassy and lives in Allie's district. In school he had been a young Republican. Allie had been a liberal Democrat. He is not the friend she was looking for. And yet…here she is. Here he is.

Will Allie risk their fledgling friendship to find out if it can become something more?

Moon Over Tokyo is a charming story of girl-finding-what-she-never-knew-she’d-always-wanted.

I absolutely loved “The Cubicle Next Door” and couldn’t wait to crack the cover on “Moon.” I found an entirely different style story. This is a good thing in that Siri Mitchell is versatile and full-octave voiced, but sad in that I missed some of the quirkiness that made “Cubicle” so fun to read.

That said -- Allie’s story is sweet and full of angst but I think the lacking piece is the charm of the quirky support system in “Cubicle.” Allie is bound up and fearful and looking for something that she just can’t find, and her two female friends don’t offer much relief or hope. This is where it differs from usual Chick-Lit and I wouldn't give “Moon” that label.

Enter Eric who is exactly what she loathes and his confidence in his loathsome state frustrates Allie repeatedly.

Each chapter begins with a Haiku – an impressively appropriate Haiku. Japanese scenery, sights, smells, sounds and tastes permeate this novel, giving it depth.

Spiritually, this novel is enriched by the graceful and respectful way Mitchell shares Japanese customs and Buddhist beliefs. Mitchell creates characters who follow God but make mistakes along the way. The main characters drink socially so beware if you make it a policy not to read books with alcohol imbibing Christian characters.

Reviewed by Kelly Klepfer

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