Historical Fiction Book Recommendation

A music-loving architect, a country in chaos, and the photographer who changed their lives forever


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When the Future Comes Too Soon, by Selina Siak Chin Yoke is a masterfully woven tale about life in Malaya during the Japanese occupation in World War II.

Written from the perspective of Mei Foong, the wife of a British-educated architect, the narrative hovers around their marriage and their family while the fog of war disrupts their everyday lives.

Amid the turmoil, Chye Hoon’s daughter-in-law, Mei Foong, must fend for her family as her husband, Weng Yu, becomes increasingly embittered. Challenged in ways she never could have imagined and forced into hiding, Mei Foong finds a deep reservoir of resilience she did not know she had and soon draws the attentions of another man.

~Excerpt from official Amazon blurb

If you’re craving a well-written, subtly nuanced book that explores ideas of culture, assimilation, and resistance, this is the novel for you!

More by Selina Siak Chin Yoke

Website: Siak Chin Yoke

Blog: Chin Yoke

Goodreads: 2 books (Malayan Series)

Twitter: @SiakChinYoke

Facebook: Selina Siak Chin Yoke

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Ditrie Marie Bowie (née Sanchez) is a Puerto Rican in British Columbia, Canada who writes fiction. Bowie professionally reviews books for IndieReader and teaches English to non-native speakers around the globe. A classically trained pianist, she has lived in three different countries spanning two continents. And she met her spouse in a video game. She also has a pet dragon. Bearded dragon, that is.

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