I’ve just finished reading The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd (see my book blog Nita Reads). The Ginger Tree caught my eye as I was looking for stories based in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century to give me further insight into Japanese Culture. The Ginger Tree is the story of a young woman who travels to China in 1903. In the end she settles in Japan, buying a house in Yokohama in 1914 – this would have been about the same time that Agnes Salvesen was in Yokohama. The book was a delight to read and, as well as observations on the culture, it also highlights the restrictions placed on women during this era. Agnes Salvesen must have been quite a woman! I can’t wait to start writing about The Salvesen Sisters, but at the moment I’m working on The Gift – again!