Gold Medal, Contemporary Fiction, 2021 Global Book Awards (formerly New York City Book Awards)
Finalist, Multicultural Fiction, 2021 International Book Awards
The Shade Under the Mango Tree
by Evy Journey
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 396 pages
Genre: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction
Publisher: Sojounrer Books
Release date: November 2, 2020
Tour dates: August 2 to August 27
Content Rating: PG13 & M: There's a suicide, reference to a past genocide, and reference to sex about to happen but no description of the sexual act.
After two heartbreaking losses, Luna wants adventure. Something and somewhere very different from the affluent, sheltered home in California and Hawaii where she grew up. An adventure in which she can also make some difference.
Lucien, a worldly, well-traveled young architect, finds a stranger's journal at a café. Though he has qualms and pangs of guilt about reading it, they don't stop him. His decision changes his life forever.
Months later, they meet at a bookstore. Fascinated by his stories and adventurous spirit, Luna goes on a Peace Corps stint to a rural rice-growing village in Cambodia. There, she finds a world steeped in ancient culture and the lasting ravages of a deadly history. Will she leave this world unscathed?
An epistolary tale of courage, resilience, and the bonds that bring diverse people together.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
If I had just been browsing, I would never have picked up this book. What a tragedy that would have been. Luckily I was gifted this book and truly enjoyed it!
'The Shade Under the Mango Tree' is a very poignant tale of first loves, finding oneself, Rites of Passages, loss, love, culture differences, plus more!
This was a very well-written, fast-paced book. The characters and events all felt real. The reader could easily connect to and feel a part of the story. Most of the situations were "real life" which many individuals have experienced similar circumstances and can relate. Once I began reading, it was almost impossible to put down. The story flowed smoothly from one chapter to next with two different individual's views. Each chapter ended in a profound way, leaving the reader anxious to discover what happened next.
To me, it is sad the cover and title do not depict the story well. If there were a few more images on the cover and a more descriptive title, I am sure it would attract more readers..
There were a few intimate scenes suggesting more depth, but faded out without detail.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
Meet the Author:
Evy Journey writes. Stories and blog posts. Novels that tend to cross genres. She’s also a wannabe artist and a flâneuse. Evy studied psychology (Ph.D. University of Illinois) so she spins tales about nuanced characters dealing with the problems and issues of contemporary life. She believes in love and its many faces. Though she has traveled to many places, she has one ungranted wish: To live in Paris where art is everywhere and people have honed aimless roaming to an art form. She visits and stays a few months.
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Here is the tour schedule.
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