Item description for Moon over Tokyo by Siri Mitchell...
Overview Author Siri L. Mitchell "(The Cubicle Next Door)" invites readrers to an exotic and mysterious land on a tender journey of self?discovery. Though reporter Allie O?Connor has lived in Japan for two years, she still barely copes as a foreigner. After an office romance ends badly, she prays in her lonliness one moonlit night for a friend. Just a friend.
Soon after this prayer she runs into Eric Larson at church, an old classmate from high school. Eric has been assigned to the U.S. embassy and lives in Allie's district. In school he had been a young Republican. Allie had been a liberal Democrat. He is "not" the friend she was looking for. And yet...here she is. Here he is.
Will Allie risk their fledgling friendship to find out if it can become something more?
Readers? hearts will resonate with Allie's look at her past, present, and hope for the future.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2007
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736917594 ISBN13 9780736917599
Availability 0 units.
More About Siri Mitchell
Siri Mitchell has written five novels, two of which ("Chateau of Echoes" and T"he Cubicle Next Door") were named Christy Award Finalists. A graduate from the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She currently resides in the Washington DC metro area.
Reviews - What do customers think about Moon over Tokyo?
If you're a writer Jan 12, 2008
If you're a writer this book is a lot fun. It's a quick read that reminds us how great writing can be (as we know, we need that in our profession). Delightful and entertaining, I highly recommend buying a copy to own
Excessive descriptions, minimal plot... Jan 7, 2008
I have mixed feelings about Siri Mitchell books - I really liked Cubicle Next Door but sometimes the characters have weird opinions and are too flirtatious and obsessive for my liking. Something Beyond the Sky was very informative and interesting, but the end of the book disappointed me because none of the conflicts in the book were satisfactorily resolved.
With this book, I again was slightly annoyed by the main character becuase she was OBSESSED with kissing. Its how the book begins - she likes kissing so much that she's making herself take a one year break from kissing anyone, because it keeps ruining her relationships. She's also juvenile in thinking that the way to judge a relationship is by a kiss - if there's something wrong with the kiss, the relationship won't work out. Sorry, but I don't believe in kissing a thousand toads to find the prince theory...relationships should go so much deeper than that.
The other thing that was bothersome about this book was the excessive descriptions about Japanese tourist sites, routes to take between point a and point b, every move made in a sumo wrestling match including the champion's dance at the end....I became very bored and skipped alot of pages, because the author was describing things that are better appreciated when you can see them rather than read about them. (An entire page, or maybe two, was spent on describing her experience in a Japanese bathroom - playing with sound effect buttons, adjusting the temperature on the heated seats...kind of weird.) I especially got tired of trying to figure out the routes the characters were taking and the many Japanese terms that were used - it was hard to tell if they were names of cities, foods, etc. There's a glossary in the back of the book but its too tedious to look that stuff up when there are a dozen words on a page that I don't understand.
The character's biggest problem in this story seems to be that she's stuck in Japan (for a job) and is very dissatisifed because she isn't suited to the culture, is frustrated by the language barriers, and doesn't have any friends. I can totally empathize with this, but she was still stuck in Japan and unhappy with the culture differences at the end - but she had a boyfriend, so I guess that makes everything alright?
The love story between the two main characters was very sweet and enjoyable, but it was almost the secondary purpose for the book; the first being to immerse the reader in Japanese culture. I wish there had been more time spent on developing the characters' relationship than a didactic commentary on the sights and sounds of Japan. This book has actually made me NOT want to travel there!
This author also seems to like writing about things that are controversial and sometimes offensive to Christians, yet her characters don't bat an eyelash over it. In this story the main character describes how she would go bar-hopping with a non-Christian friend, and did some more drinking throughout the book. I have no problems with Christians drinking, but I don't see why the author felt compelled to use that so much in this book. She also wrote in a scene where the main character finds out two of her coworkers slept together, and her only reaction was that she was overjoyed to realize her mistake in assuming her boyfriend had been one of the participants. Again, do we really need that kind of drama in a work of Christian fiction? Especially when its written as though its perfectly acceptable?
I'd recommend getting this one from the library, if possible, before you buy it.
Living Abroad? You might see a little of yourself here. Nov 3, 2007
Moon Over Tokyo was a fun read; albeit a little bit predictable. If you are an expat living abroad, you might see a some of yourself here...and some might see a little too much for comfort. Like others who find themselves as "stranger in a strange land," Alli (the main character) lives abroad and holds herself somewhat hostage on an expat compound, minimally interacting with the locals as she is overwhelmed with the Japanese language. When a former school friend is also posted to her city, she begins to get out more...but he has to organise everything. Typical of some expats...floating through, never interacting. Alli is a good Christian trying to make a go of her posting and her real dream: to write a novel. And then she is confronted with, perhaps, a love interest. An interest she has forbidden for herself. Can her job, her dream, this man, and her faith all work together? As soon as I finished the book, I packaged it up and sent it off to another Christian friend living abroad. Lovely descriptions of Tokyo.
A Sweet, if Light, Read Sep 30, 2007
Replete with cultural details, this chick lit-esque romance takes place in modern-day Japan. Journalist Allie O'Connor has her prayer for a friend answered in a very unexpected way when her former classmate Eric Larsen shows up to live in her district as an embassy employee. The love story is complicated by miscommunication and unadmitted fears, but it's very sweet, if a bit idealistic. The plot is low-key and unsurprising, yet still held my attention - aside from the rather dry and confusing descriptions of Japanese tourist attractions. Allie is a down-to-earth and likeable heroine, even if her lack of initiative is a bit infuriating at times!
I enjoyed learning a little more about Japan. Moon Over Tokyo is a good, light read for a lazy day. But expect to be skimming a few times in the drier sections.
Another winner! Aug 19, 2007
Allie O'Connor is an unlikely girl to be living abroad, especially in a country so different to her own ~ Japan. Everything about Allie's life is a dichotomy she is a journalist but wants to be a novelist, she is a resident of Tokyo but doesn't speak the language, she loves different cultures but keeps away from cultural events. To top it all off she is six foot tall but in her words, "Inside me a short person was crying to be let out."
Allie's "security blanket" is about to leave, her wild Australian friend, Gina is heading back to Australia and she needs a new friend now and doesn't hesitate to demand one from God. She just wasn't counting on him bringing along a man, let alone her nemesis from high school, Erik Larsen ~ tall, handsome, sophisticated...and a Republican!
Siri Mitchell excels in bringing different cultures alive in her novels hand in hand with wonderful characterisation. Moon Over Tokyo is delightful, brimming with the beauty and contrasts that make Tokyo both fascinating and frustrating for visitors. Allie and Gina's relationship is fun and thought provoking as Allie, a believer, is bound by her fears and Gina, a "heathen" Aussie confidently takes on the world. Eric adds a whole new dimension to Allie's world and yet she refuses to grasp the gift of friendship and love she has before her. I appreciated so much that Allie continued to struggle with her fears of a relationship even when love was exposed - her genuine hesitation was as real as it gets and make this novel stand out from many a traditional romance.