Day out in Seattle: Songs of Willow Frost

I was tempted to keep today’s book for myself, if for no other reason but that I loved the cover. It’s gorgeous design promises up a stunning, exotic story and by the looks of Narelle’s review, it delivered just that.

Here’s what Narelle thought of Jamie Ford’s Songs of Willow Frost (Allen and Unwin)…


Songs of Willow Frost opens telling the story of William Eng, on his 12th birthday in the orphanage that has become his home. The orphanage, as you would imagine, is a lonely place, and even more so for a Chinese boy, and Indian born Sunny and blind orphan Charlotte are William’s only friends.

songs of willow frostExperiencing a rare treat – a day outside the gates and exploring Seattle – William is struck when he sees a beautiful Chinese woman onscreen at the local cinema, Willow Frost. Convinced that the woman is the mother who left him behind, William decides he must find his way to Willow and find out if she really is his mother.

Together with Charlotte, William navigates the streets of Seattle during the great Depression, searching for Willow…

“As the bookmobile pulled onto the city street and sped up, William felt Charlotte squeeze his hand. 

She whispered, “Sister Briganti once said that all great stories of love and sacrifice have a moral – it’s up to us to find the lesson hidden inside.” 

William didn’t know if his story had a moral to it. Honestly, he didn’t care. He was going to find Willow Frost. All he wished for was a happy ending.” 

I was captivated by both William and Willow’s life stories throughout the novel and truly felt transported to the Seattle setting of 1920’s and 30’s. Its themes of love, family, sacrifice and hope for the future were beautifully rendered and genuinely moving. Songs of Willow Frost is a heartfelt, gorgeously written book that I believe many readers would enjoy.


You can find out more about Songs of Willow Frost here…