5 Minutes for Books — The Moon in the Mango Tree

by Jennifer Donovan

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When I was younger, I often selected books based on the thickness of their spine. I read so much and so quickly that I wanted to get bang for my buck, so I selected thick books so that they would last longer. When I was trying to decide among several books, the thickest one always won out.

The way a book looks still affects me. Trade paperbacks are most appealing, and a compelling picture and the font of the title also calls to me or turns me away (I mused a bit more about these odd predilections that I seem to have developed of late in another post on my Snapshot blog). The Moon in the Mango Tree did call to me. I liked the color, the size (thick!), and the plot elements to which the back-of-the-book description hinted: medical missionary work in rural Siam, the choices one makes when we get married, and the setting of the 1920′s.

Author Pamela Binnings Ewen based this novel on her grandmother’s life. Knowing this, I was even more impressed with the story, because the heroine makes choices and expresses feelings and doubts that would be labeled as “irresponsible” by some people and cause some people to root for her, and others to perhaps question her decisions. This is not simply a feel-good tribute to a family member. It’s a novel based on the very interesting life of someone who happened to be her grandmother.

Barbara Perkins goes to remote Siam as a newlywed–not knowing much about her husband or what the life of a medical missionary’s wife would require of her. She gives up the promise of a career singing opera to move to an unknown land in support of her husband. This sacrifice and the confusion over their rightful place in that country fuel her discontent with that life. The place and time of this novel provide captivating and realistic layers to the characterization and plot. The time is the 1920′s, and in addition to a mission hospital in Nam, the settings include Bangkok, Italy, and France. Ewen writes descriptively about these places which makes certain scenes read like (a very interesting) travelogue.

Would you like to win one of two copies of The Moon in the Mango Tree (U.S. shipping address only)? Leave a comment here, and tell me which part of this book’s plot intrigues you most.

The winner of last week’s book, I Brake for Meltdowns, is #222 Kefe.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Hillary July 28, 2008 at 12:07 am

The fact that this book takes place in Siam is enough to intrigue me. As for plot, her learning about her husband is probably the biggest draw for me. I like to see how relationships in books develop.

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2 Krista July 28, 2008 at 12:29 am

This is on my “must read” list. I keep hearing about these choices she makes and I want to know if she stays with her husband in the end!
No chance in winning if this is part of Bloggy Giveaways, but I have a good library! ;)

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3 Stacy July 28, 2008 at 1:05 am

I’ve always been interested in the lives of medical missionaries, so this book sounds like one I’d like to read. I’m also a fast reader, so a thick book appeals to me too. :)

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4 Junglewife July 28, 2008 at 2:58 am

I’m really interested in this because of the medical missionary aspect. I grew up as an MK, and my dad was a medical missionary. I’m now a missionary myself, and I think this book looks really interesting. If I don’t win it, I just may have to buy it!

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5 sandy July 28, 2008 at 5:31 am

the missionary aspect gets me too, and I love to read.

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6 Kari July 28, 2008 at 7:01 am

ooooh, yes I checked this book out of the library but NEVER got a chance to touch it…would love to win it, I found the setting of missionary life intriguing since I was one…..thanks so much!!

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7 Meredith Peters July 28, 2008 at 7:12 am

I like the time period of the book and I find the places it takes you to interesting,especially Bangkok. I grew up there during the Vietnam war.

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8 Beth/Mom2TwoVikings July 28, 2008 at 7:23 am

Missionary life, true story? You got me hooked!

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9 The Gang's All Here! July 28, 2008 at 9:01 am

Might be a good read on a long flight to CHINA!!!!!

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10 Tracey Byram July 28, 2008 at 9:12 am

This sounds like a great read. I like books that are set in different time periods from my own.

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11 Julie July 28, 2008 at 9:49 am

I am intrigued by the title of this book. I also like reading about the time period of the 20′s.

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12 Linda White July 28, 2008 at 10:33 am

I love inspirational romances! The time period definitely sounds interesting!

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13 Jaime C. July 28, 2008 at 10:47 am

I like that it takes place in the 1920′s and that it’s based on a true story.

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14 Jenn S. July 28, 2008 at 10:57 am

I really like books that are based on true stories. I also like books set in the past. This one looks like a winner.

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15 rachel burke July 28, 2008 at 10:57 am

i want this so bad

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16 Nancy July 28, 2008 at 11:01 am

I’m a slightly newlywed (of just under 2 years) so that part is fascinating, plus you mentioned Italy, and anything about Italy is interesting to me!

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17 Louise Brouillette July 28, 2008 at 11:03 am

This sounds so interesting

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18 Sally July 28, 2008 at 11:23 am

I love to read and yet I’ve never read anything that takes places during the 20s.
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19 Lani July 28, 2008 at 11:25 am

Does it count if I say that the cover is so pretty it makes me want to read the book? The plot sounds great too–and the fact that it was her grandma! How cool is that?

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20 Ronnica July 28, 2008 at 11:55 am

Cool! I love to read!

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21 Nicki July 28, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Would love to win!

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22 Angel July 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Looks good.

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23 Ana July 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Oh, I am interested.

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24 Maja July 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Count me in. :)

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25 Erika July 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm

I love that it’s based on her grandmother’s life and I’m intrigued by the kinds of choices she’ll be making as a newly wed.

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26 Amanda D. July 28, 2008 at 1:12 pm

This looks very interesting! I love the fact that it’s set in the 1920′s and that it visits many different parts of the world!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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27 Kathy D July 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Looks like a great read…….

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28 Cilfton Wade July 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm

SOunds great.
Thanks for all the great contests!

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29 Katrina July 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm

this book looks really good! I would love to read it! I don’t know what intrigues me the most. Probably the whole medical missionary thing.

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30 Belinda A. July 28, 2008 at 2:53 pm

I spent a year in Thailand and I love novels set in that part of the world. Thanks for another neat giveaway!

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31 Leticia D. July 28, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I would love to read this book. The story line is of high interest to me and yes…the beautiful cover is a bonus too! ;-) Anything with the word moon in it always catches my eye!

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32 Michele July 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Sounds wonderful! I’m most intrigued by the fact that this is based on the author’s grandmother. Plus, the cover is beautiful! Thanks for another great giveaway!

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33 Rodney K July 28, 2008 at 3:20 pm

I sure hope I win thanks

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34 charline s July 28, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Sounds like a great book.

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35 Kimberly V. July 28, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I like the fact that it’s based in Siam. That sounds so exotic! I love to learn about far away places and this novel sounds very interesting.

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36 Tammy July 28, 2008 at 4:22 pm

The fact that it’s set in the 1920′s intrigues me, I like books that take place in that time period.

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37 grams July 28, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I like that it takes place in the 1920s. Sounds like it would be very interesting.

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38 Susan C July 28, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Learning more about a mission hospital intrigues me, I have always wondered what that was like.

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39 Estelle S. July 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm

This sounds like a really great book! I mostly read crime and drama novels, but this book has me interested. I may just buy it if I don’t win it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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40 kristenkj July 28, 2008 at 5:45 pm

The fact that this takes place in a foreign land, to which I have never been, really intrigues me. I’d love to read about it and the choices she made, and the medical missionary life. Thanks for the chance to win!

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41 valerie mabrey July 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Got me hooked in on the missionary stuff and then got to know the characters.

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42 Sandra - Illinois July 28, 2008 at 6:31 pm

I love to see the deep layers of a woman who gave up her dreams to follow her husband, but she is human because she has some regrets. I have to get this book because I want to see how it ends.

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43 monica July 28, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Moving to an unknown land in support of her husband is what intriques me about the plot. monk5@charter.net

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44 Kristan July 28, 2008 at 6:52 pm

I always wanted to do medical missions, so that aspect intrigues me.
andrewandkristan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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45 Kara July 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm

1920′s in Siam sounds very intriguing! I know little about the 20′s and nothing about Siam, so this would be a great read.

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46 Sara July 28, 2008 at 7:07 pm

I am very intrigued by the setting of this book as well as the cover really caught my eye.

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47 kamewh July 28, 2008 at 7:36 pm

The part about missionary life sounds intriguing!

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48 Kim July 28, 2008 at 7:49 pm

I love historical fiction. I’d love the fact that it’s set in the 20s in a far away place.

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49 CB July 28, 2008 at 7:54 pm

I was intrigued when you mentioned living in remote Siam as a newlywed.

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50 Andrea R July 28, 2008 at 8:02 pm

This looks like it would make a great summer read.

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51 susan varney July 28, 2008 at 8:05 pm

its a true story

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52 Adrienne Gordon July 28, 2008 at 8:12 pm

It is interesting to read about how different the culture is/was over in Bangok.

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53 Kathy July 28, 2008 at 8:16 pm

As a Christian, for me, the part that intrigues me the most is the missionary part, how they spread the gospel, etc. I love to read these accounts of evangelistic work especially about the sacrifices people made to follow God and how He provides. Kathy

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54 Mama Zen July 28, 2008 at 8:21 pm

I find the 1920s fascinating!

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55 Lindsie July 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm

I would love to read this! I find any historical fiction so interesting!

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56 Shilo Beedy July 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm

I love that it takes place in the 1920′s. That time period intrigues me so.

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57 israel y July 28, 2008 at 8:40 pm

i think the time period of the 20s is interesting to me, thanks for the contest!

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58 Tonya Froemel July 28, 2008 at 9:21 pm

I would love to read this book. The fact that it is based on a real person is interesting. I read the reviews and it looks like a really great story.

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59 Cindi July 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm

I adore books! The cover of a book makes or breaks my decision towards a book. This book’s cover is lovely. The story line sounds great. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

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60 Vicky Boackle July 28, 2008 at 9:26 pm

does she stay with her husband?

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61 Dani' July 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm

I would like this for MIL.

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62 The Diaper Diaries July 28, 2008 at 9:54 pm

I love that it is set in the 1920s. Very Great Gatsby esque

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63 Suzie G July 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I like that the book lets the reader question the characters decisions instead of just painting a black and white picture where 99 percent of people will all feel the same way.

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64 Erin July 28, 2008 at 10:05 pm

I love the missions twist on the story – I would love to win this! :)

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65 Nancy July 28, 2008 at 10:13 pm

I like that it’s based on a true story, but not a memoir. And the international locales are intriguing too.

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66 Angela July 28, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Having a copy of this would be nice. I am most interested in the medical missionary work aspect of the book.

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67 Valerie Mitchell July 28, 2008 at 10:26 pm

What a wonderful prize!

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68 lovedandamazed July 28, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Please count me in!! I’ve read good reviews about this book. Thanks!

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69 Audrey July 28, 2008 at 10:56 pm

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book from the 1920′s so I’d have to say that is what is the most appealing to me, to learn a bit more about life during that era.

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70 Karen July 28, 2008 at 11:25 pm

I love the fact that she honored her grandmother by basing the book on her life. That is phenomenal!

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71 Rebecca July 28, 2008 at 11:25 pm

I think the part about her moving to Siam as a new bride is most intriguing to me! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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72 Fedora July 29, 2008 at 12:33 am

Wow–this book sounds really interesting! I’m most interested to read about how such a big move impacts her marriage, especially since it happens right at the beginning of their life together. Thanks so much for this recommendation!

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73 Anna July 29, 2008 at 12:39 am

The fact that he is a medical missionary and she gives up her dream to be with him is what appeals to me. I like reading stories about people that have gone through similar experiences as I have…not that I’ve gone through anything that this woman did…but I did give up my dream for a while to support my husband when we first married and although I wouldn’t change things now…I wonder from time to time…”What if???”

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74 C Duran July 29, 2008 at 1:03 am

I like the exotic location! Thanks for the giveaway!

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75 GrnMtnGirl July 29, 2008 at 3:31 am

I’m a nurse and am curious to read about her perspective of his work as a medical missionary.

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76 melissa c July 29, 2008 at 4:25 am

i need a good read before school start and you make this book sound good

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77 Jen M July 29, 2008 at 9:11 am

I am addicted to historical fiction. I think the fact that it is a true story set in the 1920′s makes it even more appealing to me. I love to read about different eras and the way the time period affected people’s lives.

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78 Idahospud July 29, 2008 at 9:35 am

I’m a sucker for period pieces, both in books and movies. Thanks for the giveaway!

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79 Jodi July 29, 2008 at 9:46 am

This sounds like a great book, would love the chance to read it.

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80 beth shepherd July 29, 2008 at 9:46 am

The missionary life sounds intrigueing. Thank you for having this!

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81 Ericka Jacks July 29, 2008 at 9:47 am

How to feel good again.

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82 Becky July 29, 2008 at 10:07 am

I have heard a lot of good things about this book. The part that interests me the most is that he is a medical missionary. Being a nurse, those are the mission trips that most interest me. Thank you for a great giveaway!

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83 Rebecca July 29, 2008 at 10:09 am

this book sounds fantastic. i’m always looking for new authors…i love to read! a couple things intrigue me about this book. the first is that’s it’s based on the life of the author’s grandmother, and the second is that she doesn’t know much about her husband, and yet she gives up her opportunities in life to go with him. thanks for the chance to win!

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84 Ebie July 29, 2008 at 10:09 am

i like all kinds of historical fiction, and there’s not much written about this particular place during this time period

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85 Elizabeth M. July 29, 2008 at 10:55 am

I think it’s the part of the book that talks about her marriage and the choices she makes, etc. Sounds intriguing to me!

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86 Melissa July 29, 2008 at 11:22 am

The part that sounds interesting to me is that it’s about missions. I studied missions in college, and love to read those old missionary stories!

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87 Tami Elliott July 29, 2008 at 11:28 am

Sounds like a great book – it’s so helpful to see how others deal with discontent in a given situation.

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88 Fruitbearer July 29, 2008 at 11:35 am

I was born and raised in Thailand (Siam). I’m curious about how she dealt with her discontentment and I’m always interested in missionaries’ lives.

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89 Joy July 29, 2008 at 11:36 am

I love the history and the era in which the book is set! The 20′s and 30′s are some of my favorite times (think… Great Gatsby)!

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90 Sarah July 29, 2008 at 11:50 am

I think the 20′s setting sounds interesting.

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91 Hollie July 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm

The setting sounds interesting – the time and locations that the story is set in.

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92 Sweetpeas July 29, 2008 at 12:27 pm

The fact that it’s based on a real person, appeals to me.

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93 lace July 29, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Sounds like a marvelous book. I’d love to read it.

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94 Linda July 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Thanks! Sounds like a great book!

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95 Amber July 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I am close to my grandmother, so I would like to read this story. Thanks

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96 James Jenkins July 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm

based on the life of the author’s grandmother

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97 Colleen July 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm

I don’t know much about Siam aside from what I read in Anna and the King. Sounds like a neat book. Have a great week. Stop by our blog for a chance to win a subscription to Country Home.

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98 Caryn B July 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Count me in please

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99 tina July 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm

This book sounds great. tinawittmer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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100 Ami July 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm

This book has been on my list to read for a while now. For some reason I’m drawn to stories about missionaries in the earlier part of the 20th century (Poisonwood Bible comes to mind as a favorite). Would love to win it!

Thanks!

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101 Barbara Fox July 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm

I love stories that are based on real people’s lives!

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102 abrianna July 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm

I have heard about this book before and was intrigued by it. I think the most interesting part of the plot is to read about what life was like in Nam before the 1960′s.

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103 pam July 29, 2008 at 4:45 pm

My daughter is a missionary, so that sounds cool.

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104 Heidi July 29, 2008 at 5:07 pm

I love the fact that it is based on her grandmothers life.

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105 chris h July 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm

i’m fascinated by people who do missionary work of any kind

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106 Daniel M July 29, 2008 at 5:37 pm

looks interesting, add me please

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107 EG July 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm

The medical missionary part interests me – I think historical fiction is a great way to learn about history!

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108 Susan July 29, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Looks like a good book

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109 Barbara H. July 29, 2008 at 7:29 pm

I am intrigued by her marrying someone she didn’t know well and entering into an unknown lifestyle. She must’ve been very brave! Count me in.

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110 DeeAnn July 29, 2008 at 7:38 pm

I think the part that intrigues me most is that Barbara has choices to make. In searching for her answers she surely will face many situations that will cause her to question those choices. Sounds like a good read.

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111 Christina July 29, 2008 at 9:59 pm

the fact tht its in siam is pretty cool!

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112 Charlotte July 29, 2008 at 10:08 pm

This looks like a great book! I like that it’s set in the 1920′s. Thanks for the chance to win.

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113 Melissa M. July 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm

The most interesting thing about the book to me is the foreign and older setting–it sounds very intriguing! (I really lie the cover, too)! Missionary stories also appeal to me, especially if they’re based on truth.
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114 geri July 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm

Thanks for the great giveaway!!! Please include me!

gerijones64@hotmail.com

The whole medical missionary subplot

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115 djp July 29, 2008 at 11:15 pm

i;ve finished my last book and can sure use another one

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116 Mary Otis July 29, 2008 at 11:43 pm

This grandma thinks the title alone “The Moon
in the Mango Tree” makes you want to turn to the
first page right now.

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117 Susan Ledet July 30, 2008 at 12:24 am

Sounds like a great book. I like that it was based on her grandmother’s life and that we will get “to travel” to far away places. Thank you.

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118 Lora July 30, 2008 at 12:44 am

Well, I’m a missionary’s kid, so I love stories of missionaries. I also love travel, so reading about life in another country is always interesting.

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119 Janet F July 30, 2008 at 7:45 am

The sacrifice and the confusion over their rightful place in that country fuel her discontent with that life, makes me want to find out what happens.

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120 Sherri B. July 30, 2008 at 11:13 am

I love books like these where people draw on their own experiences or the experiences of those in their lives!!! Count me in!!!

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121 Tisha July 30, 2008 at 12:15 pm

The book sounds really interesting… I like that the story is based on the author’s grandmother’s life. Thanks for the giveaway!

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122 Tarah July 30, 2008 at 1:19 pm

The idea of her giving up her dreams to move with a man she hardly knows – I would love to know if she falls in love with him or always regrets her choice.

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123 Lisa July 30, 2008 at 1:47 pm

I’m an avid reader and a mom, so I’m interested in both the giveaway and the “5 minutes” websites! The book sounds fascinating – I love historical novels, especially ones set in cultures other than our own, and this one sounds like a winner. Thanks for the giveaway!

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124 Trish July 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm

This has so many great elements. I especially love to read about people using their profession as part of being a missionary. Sounds like a good read!

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125 Vicki Wurgler July 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm

going to remote Siam as a newlywed-I don’t know if I’d do that-sounds like an interesting book

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126 Paige July 30, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Does she stay with her husband? I need to know!

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127 Tamara Bennington July 31, 2008 at 12:56 am

Now I am curious about this book it is a must have for me to read. Great story line and thank-you for the contest.

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128 michelle b. July 31, 2008 at 3:13 am

that she goes to Siam not really knowing her husband very well

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129 Amy Lutz July 31, 2008 at 3:50 am

Many of us think we know our spouses but it takes a lifetime. I’m intrigued by the exotic locale – Thailand – Siam – is place I’ve always wanted to visit. Like you, I also can’t handle a thick read with a toddler who is entering his terrible (curious)twos early.

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130 Wakanda July 31, 2008 at 3:57 am

Well I’m glad that I’m not the only one who has their book “quirks”. I took look at the title and cover and the thickness was important too. Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!!!

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131 Theresa N July 31, 2008 at 7:21 am

I’d interested in reading about being a missionary.
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132 Stephanie July 31, 2008 at 10:52 am

This sentence intrigues me the most, “Ewen writes descriptively about these places which makes certain scenes read like (a very interesting) travelogue” I love books & reading & I love how you can feel transported while reading. This book almost promises that!

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133 Janelle July 31, 2008 at 12:24 pm

It sounds a little maybe like “The Painted Veil.” What interests me is that I bet it’s got great imagery about the beauty of the land as well as great description of emotions.

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134 Melissa July 31, 2008 at 2:48 pm

I love reading about the 1920′s, so that is the clincher for me. Doubt to win it, but at least now Im interested enough to go out and buy it. Thanks for the great recommendations! :)

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135 Kristy July 31, 2008 at 4:26 pm

The intriguing part is the fact that she moves to Siam with no knowledge of the location. Sounds like a great read.

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136 Sue Farrell July 31, 2008 at 5:33 pm

I think the part that intrigues me is seeing how her relationship with her husband developes in such an unusual background.

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137 philip halter July 31, 2008 at 6:38 pm

enter me please

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138 Jennifer Still July 31, 2008 at 6:48 pm

So much appeals to me that it’s difficult to choose the one thing that intrigues me most. I guess it’s that the story is about a woman’s life in a time when, though fairly recent, women were not typically seen as full individuals in their own right; a woman’s thoughts and feelings during this time are not often delved into. I’d love to win!

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139 Rhonda Clemens July 31, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Thanks for the great contest =)

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140 Nise' July 31, 2008 at 10:48 pm

The era it takes place as well as it being based on real life.

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141 Trish July 31, 2008 at 11:50 pm

Thanks for having this giveaway. I recently heard about this book and would really like to read it. I took French in high school and college, so France definitely interests me – I am interested in the part of the book that takes place in France.

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142 Marina John August 1, 2008 at 2:24 am

true story?Wud luv to read this!

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143 Janet August 1, 2008 at 4:19 am

looks like a great book.Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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144 Erica G August 1, 2008 at 6:24 am

I like that the book is based on a real person.

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145 Tiffany G August 1, 2008 at 6:49 am

I love a romance novel based in th 20′s

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146 hetal gandhi August 1, 2008 at 8:47 am

would love to read this book.
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147 Sue Hooley August 1, 2008 at 10:30 am

I think being immersed in a different country as a newly wed would certainly have it’s challenges. I would look forward to reading about how she handled that situation.

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148 Erma Hurtt August 1, 2008 at 10:33 am

the missionary aspect gets me too, and I love to read.

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149 Carissa D. August 1, 2008 at 10:47 am

The missionary aspect of it appeals to me. Thanks!

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150 Laura August 1, 2008 at 11:52 am

I love books about travel to faraway places! It’s so much fun to imagine visiting. Please count me in!

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151 Jenn August 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Fear of being labeled ‘irresponsible’. Oh, yeah.

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152 Marilyn Higgins August 1, 2008 at 3:49 pm

I enjoy this kind of book , hope I win

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153 Beverly Metcalf August 1, 2008 at 7:13 pm

This looks like a really good book. Thanks for having the contest!

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154 Charlene Kuser August 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm

I am very interested in what Barbara’s final sacrifice was?I love to read books about the
struggle between choices we have in our lives.
What makes this book even more interesting its
about the life of a real person.Thanks for the giveaway

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155 Veronica Garrett August 1, 2008 at 11:48 pm

The confusion over their place in the strange country.

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156 kathleen Yohanna August 2, 2008 at 2:52 am

This story is about a women who supportsa her husband in a strange land.

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157 Pamela White August 2, 2008 at 11:58 am

The Moon in the Mango Tree is very interesting. It is hard enough getting married and setting up house but to be in a strange place makes it that more difficult.

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158 Nicole Price August 2, 2008 at 8:56 pm

I really like the fact that this is about the Author’s grandmother. I love the fact that it’s set in the 1920′s also. Thanks for the giveaway!

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159 L McLendon August 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm

1920′s Siam is very intriguing to me!

Thanks for the opportunity.

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160 bridget August 3, 2008 at 8:46 am

I like novels that teach a little history and give you a sense of a place or time. This book sounds interesting. Thank you for this contest.

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161 Aunt Tassy August 3, 2008 at 11:43 am

Sounds like a book I would like

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162 Jacqueline Carpenter August 3, 2008 at 12:17 pm

This book would be the ultimate to read,sounds like my kind of book.Thanks for a great contest.

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163 Jo August 7, 2008 at 8:26 am

Barbara gives up her career for her husband.
jceko77@yahoo.com

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164 Pamela Binnings Ewen August 15, 2008 at 11:10 pm

To all of you wonderful readers, and Moms – I’m amazed at your response. Thanks so much – I’m thrilled that you like my grandmother’s story! Pamela

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