Fans of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet will fall in love with Jamie Ford's storytelling all over again with Songs of Willow Frost, set in Seattle during the 1920s and the Great Depression. William Eng is twelve years old and remembers his mothers love, but now he resides at Sacred Heart Orphanage. He doesn't know why his mother gave him up as that information is withheld by the orphanage, but when they take a field trip to the movies he becomes certain that the actress, Willow Frost, is his long lost mother, Liu Song.
When he finds out she will be performing in Seattle, he and his best friend Charlotte (who is blind and resolute that she'll never return to her father) run away from the orphanage to the mean streets of the Depression-era city. But when he finds Willow, he learns that the past is much more complicated than he realized.
Liu Songs story is interwoven with that of William; she is a beautiful girl who was left with a terrible stepfather and his abrasive wife, when her own mother died. A fetching Chinese man with ties to the Peking opera inpsires Liu to dream of a better future, but being an unwed Asian mother in the 1920s is truly an obstacle to her success.
Jacki @ Central