From the product description of “The Songs Of Willow Frost”, I expected another story where a young protagonist makes a daring journey similar to “The Borrower.” But William’s escape from school and journey to find his long-lost mother was only the beginning of this unexpectedly wonderful story. This was the first book I read by this author, and I was so impressed. The writing, the characters, everything, was just perfect.
What drives this story was the passion that both William and his mother, Willow, have for each other and for life. Everything they do and say was motivated by love and hope. They both narrated the novel in different time periods and their voices were distinctive. The book was packed with events happening to both William and Willow, but it never felt like too much. There were actually some very serious themes present that addressed a range of tragic events such as death, suicide, abuse, incest, abandonment, and poverty. Somehow all those events resulted in a hopeful story. The book presented a rare glimpse of the many challenges a young Asian woman in the early 1900’s, such as Willow, faced. I felt so much compassion for her and for what she went through. The themes of love and perseverance were so strong and inspiring, but the best part was the ending.
I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this book. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.