Moon Over Tokyo

by Siri Mitchell
Siri Mitchell has written another beautiful story in Moon Over Tokyo. Much like the first Mitchell novel I read (The Cubicle Next Door), the setting plays prominently in the book: Siri pens engaging descriptions of Tokyo, bringing the sights and sounds of the city alive in a way that reveals the inner tensions and beauty of its Japanese culture. As I turned the pages of this book, I felt as though I was escaping to a foreign world: And though my feet have never stepped upon Japanese soil, I feel as though I’ve experienced a bit of its intrigue.

But this book offers so much more than just an interesting setting in Tokyo: It also offers an enchanting romance. Journalist Allie O’Connor prays for a friend who speaks English: And what she gets is an unexpected reunion with Eric Larsen, an old high school classmate who spars with her politics but creates sparks in her heart. Allie and Eric’s romance doesn’t hold any highly dramatic moments: Rather, it’s a tender story that unfolds with the timidity and uncertainty that characterizes most real-life relationships.

As Allie explores her fears and feelings about Eric, she learns some important lessons about her faith as well. Allie’s story is one of dreams, fears, and learning to give control to God. And that’s why I loved this story so much. Yes, it’s a very romantic story (one of the most romantic I’ve read for awhile!).  But it’s about so much more than a guy and a girl who fall in love: It’s also about the God of love who brings them together.

In the field of Christian chick-lit, where most stories seem to involve large US cities, gallons of coffee, and sassy 20-somethings, Siri Mitchell’s Moon Over Tokyo offers a refreshingly unique setting and characters with more depth. I highly recommend this book for anyone who’s craving a good romance or a trip to an exotic place!

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