Monday, November 8, 2010


City of Tranquil Light chronicles the lives of Mennonite missionaries to China in the early 1900’s. Will and Katherine Kiehn come to life as you follow their remarkable lives. Will’s first-person remembrances and Katherine’s current diary pages seem very real. The love and support they give each other is tender and appealing, as is their love for China which grows despite hardships and violence.

The people they minister to, both through their religious faith and with medical assistance, learn to love them too. After reading this novel, China, its history and people came alive for me, giving me even more respect for missionaries. It is a genuine page-turner, yet if you're forced to read in fits and starts like me, then the alternating entries from Will and Katherine lend themselves nicely to that format.

This story carries you through miracles and heartbreaks. It is a well-written novel that is both inspiring and satisfying. The only criticism I can make of this delightful book might be its cover. After reading it, I understand the cover choice, but think it deserves a more appealing dust jacket that would attract readers at first glance.

Bo Caldwell is also the author of the national bestseller The Distant Land of My Father. I’ve not read that one yet, but now plan to. I highly recommend her brand new novel City of Tranquil Light.  Special thanks to B&B Media for providing a review copy.
—Gail Lewis

Product Details:
Trade Paperback: 287 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9228-8

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