Whisper of the Lotus by Gabrielle Yetter – Book Review

Whisper of the Lotus by Gabrielle Yetter – Book Review

Whisper of the Lotus by Gabrielle Yetter

Whisper of the Lotus
A girl. A chance encounter. A lost letter.

Author – Garielle Yetter
Publisher – Meanderthals Publishing
Pages – 366
Release Date – 9th November 2020
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 4 Stars
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A buzz sounded from inside Charlotte’s handbag, so she stopped and fumbled for the mobile phone she’d switched on after landing. Surely nobody would be contacting her here. Her fingers curled around it and she flipped open the case and checked the message: Welcome to Cambodia, Charlotte. You have 57 days.

Sometimes you have to go a long way from home to come full circle back to discover what was right in front of you..

Charlotte’s mundane, dead-end life lacked excitement. She never imagined that sitting on a plane to Cambodia, struggling with her fear of flying, would lead to her being befriended by Rashid, an old man whose tragic secret would take her on a mystery tour of discovery.

In a land of golden temples, orange-clad monks, and smiling people, Charlotte discovers nothing is as she’d expected. She also never imagined the journey would take her back to the night when her father walked out on the family.

And who was Rashid? Was he just a kindly old man, or was there something deeper sewn into the exquisite fabric of his life?

Review by Jenna

Charlotte is 24 and looking for a change in her life. Things have not been easy for her up until now. She has an alcoholic, overbearing mother whom she lives with and takes care of. Sadly, her father left when she was a teenager. Her job and romantic life are not great either.

She takes a big scary leap and is on her way to visit her childhood friend Roxy in Cambodia! On her flight is an elderly man who tries to ease her discomfort during air turbulence.

And so our journey begins. For the next 300+ pages we are taken around Phnom Penh. This is an inspirational story of friendship, family, finding oneself, letting go and moving forward.

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” Oh my, loved this!! I needed this advice so much.

I found myself searching the internet for rental spaces and flights to various third world countries. I want to experience what Roxy, Samnang, Charlotte, and SomOn. The beauty and harsh realities of far away countries. Thank you, Gabrielle Yetter, for your honest and detailed story. It left me wanting to know more and explore first hand.

There are a few sad elements to this story. They are necessary: Girlie bars, murders and the horrible events of Khmer Rouge, a brutal regime that ruled Cambodia. Don’t let these heavy subjects scare you away from reading this title. I was so glad I did.

You can also read a guest post by Ms. Yetter on this blog: Cambodian Anti-Trafficking Organization and Me. The author covered many topics in this book. I wish it were broken down into a few storylines and separate novels. Ms. Yetter, please write more!!

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Gabrielle Yetter Whisper of the Lotus

Gabrielle Yetter is a former journalist who lived in Cambodia almost four years. Author of The Definitive Guide to Moving to Southeast Asia: Cambodia, The Sweet Tastes of Cambodia, Ogden the Fish Who Couldn’t Swim Straight and Martha the Blue Sheep, and co-author with her husband, Skip, of Just Go: Leave the Treadmill for a World of Adventure.

Gabrielle Yetter lives in East Sussex, England. Whisper of the Lotus is her first novel and was long-listed in the 2019 London TLC (The Literary Consultancy) Pen Factor writing competition.

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12 Responses

  1. Alison Cox says:

    You’re really hurting my purse tonight. 2nd book I’ve bought. Wonderful review.

  2. Sorry about that!! I hope you enjoy all the books you have purchased. I’m sure you will love Whisper of the Lotus.

  3. Tasha says:

    Whisper of The Lotus sounds like a great read. While I don’t think that it is one for me, I know someone whose eyes were opened, and career direction changed by their visit to Kenya and will recommend this to them.

  4. DJ Sakata says:

    I have this on my cloud and keep trying to get to it. Glad to see you liked it, it gives me added incentive to shuffle the pile again.

  5. Nadene says:

    Whisper of Lotus sounds interesting. I feel your enthusiasm for it in your review.

  6. Megan | Bookstacks & Golden Moms says:

    A book that inspires you to want to get out and visit places is definitely a must-read. This sounds like a lovely story!

  7. I’ll admit I skimmed this and that’s only because I’ll be reading Whisper of the Lotus soon and I didn’t want to be spoiled. I can tell from your review (what I read) it was great. Can’t wait to dive in.

  8. I hope you get to it soon DJ as it is a fab book.

  9. I totally agree, I love being taken to places I’ve never been before and inspired to visit.

  10. Thanks Kate, that’s okay, I wouldn’t want anything spoiling either. I hope you enjoy it too.

  11. The cover is really stunning. I must have it.

  12. Thank you Bianca. I agree the cover really is beautiful. Glad you want the book.