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The Jade Lily

By Kirsty Manning | Paperback | 1 Review(s)

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Format
Paperback
Release Date
24 Apr 2018
Author(s)
Kirsty Manning
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
ISBN-13
9781760294793
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm
Pages
300
Format
Paperback
Release Date
24 Apr 2018
Author(s)
Kirsty Manning
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
ISBN-13
9781760294793
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm
Pages
300

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10 May 2018

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Jade Lily

New from the author of ‘Midsummer Garden’ which was a debut title for Kirsty Manning and very successful last year. Jade Lily is a stand-alone title set in Shanghai in the 1940s and a testament to her extensive research skills. She sets the scene in a time of great world change and political instability. I was unaware that Shanghai, China accepted Jewish refugees in 1939 as so many other nations had a policy not to accept them. We can only hang our heads now as we have the benefit of hindsight that ships were returned to Occupied Europe. Romy and her Jewish family flee Vienna, Austria as persecution begins. They travel by ship to Shanghai and are designated a place in the French Concession, part of the International Settlement camps, because of her father’s skills as a doctor. Her friend Nina, now an orphan is assigned to a Heime in Hongkew nearby - until the Imperial Japanese Army take control. They are caught in between the tensions of the Chinese locals and the Japanese invaders. Will they be able to save the ones they have come to care for? Will they be able to assure freedom in Australia and rescue loved ones who are ‘owned’ by criminal gangs? Woven into the story is Alexandra’s story, Romy’s granddaughter. Alexandra sets out to piece together the mystery of her mother’s family links in Shanghai and unlock the secret behind her ‘Jade Lily’ pendant. It means there are two time settings but the stories intersect well and smoothly. It’s a style that worked well in her earlier book Midsummer Garden too. If you love historical fiction then this is one to reach for as the winter nights close in.

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