Mark Sasse never disappoints. He writes with heart and soul and sucks you right into his characters' worldÃ¢Â¦wherever and whenever it is.
This story starts out to all intents and purposes as what you think is going to be a simple love story between Chip, the son of a wealthy corporate type, who has turned his back on involvement in his fatherÃ¢(tm)s business, and Thuy, a beautiful young Vietnamese woman. But Ã¢~simpleÃ¢(tm) is the last word that can be used to describe the journey of love when Chip is involved in a dreadful accident, which lands him in prison. What follows is heartache, the devastating impact of cultural differences and of past wars, and a struggle to overcome the constraints of obligations that tie a family together.
This is a powerful story that examines a romance stretched to the absolute maximum by tragedy, culture and history; itÃ¢(tm)s ably and movingly penned by Sasse and is set in a historically troubled country. It yo-yos between 1945 and the present, but the transitions are seamless; the dramatic backdrop of an exotic and breathtakingly beautiful country reflects the deep and varied emotions experienced by all the characters.
ItÃ¢(tm)s an excellent story, beautifully written, quite possibly his best book yet. Highly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.