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The Jade LilyManning makes a triumphant return

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the Australian fiction scene with her *Second Novel The Jade *novel The Jade It is a novel that takes the reader from the I ended up being a bit surprised at how much I enjoyed this book I knew before I began that it had dual timelines which is a techniue I am getting bored with I freuently long for a straight continuous timeline told by one unchanging narrator It would be refreshing Anyway the dual timeline in The Jade Lily is okay as my interest in the ast and the resent was fairly eual throughout Romy and Nina were fascinating characters when they were young and when they were old Alexandra was a useful means to explore the resentIt was a long book well added with cultural revelations about Asian food and medicines That was all okay too but The Most Interesting Part Was The Story Of The Austrian most interesting art was the story of the Austrian and the appalling events they had to live through The fact that they escaped one arena of that awful war only to fall into another one was indescribably sad as was the innocence of the eople and their lack of knowledge about what was actually happening in the detention camps back in GermanyBy the middle of the book I was totally engrossed and I sat up very late to finish it I had guessed Romy s secret before the end and there was a nice tidy conclusion All very well done indeed and I shall look out for by this author The Song of the Jade Lily is beautifully told in two timelines The first is 1939 Shanghai Two young girls Li and Romy become friends Li is from Shanghai and Romy is a refugee from Vienna The two become fast friends World War II seems far away at first but it descends upon Shanghai and these girls and tears apart their friendship The second timeline is 2016 when a young Alexandra returns to Australia because her grandfather Wilhelm is dying As Wilhelm spends his last days he and his wife Romy share family secrets they ve kept hidden for decades Alexandra travels to Shanghai to find answers about her grandparents What she finds has her doubting everything she thought was true The Song of the Jade Lily is an engrossing and beautifully written story It s about friendship strength and resilience in even the most horrific of times This is a book whose characters climbed inside my heart and I m not sure they ll ever leave The mystery is intriguing and I loved the Chinese culture infused in the story It was a delectable reading experience and I hope you get a chance to read it too I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom Jewish families were fleeing Austria and Romy s family was on its way to China without her brothers Michael and Daniel Michael had been shot and Daniel was taken to Dachau Concentration CampChina was the only country during the war that they could enter without a visaWe meet Romy and her family as they make the journey and settle in Shanghai in 1939We then move to 2016 and meet Alexandra who has traveled to Australia from London because her grandfather who raised her was dyingBeing back in her childhood home was bittersweet and was heartbreaking when she had to leave her grandmother to return to her job and head to Shanghai a lace Alexandra had never been The only good thing about leaving was that Alexandra might find out who her mother really was and where her mother had really originated fromI enjoyed Alexandra s search for clues and the secret Romy was keeping from her granddaughter about who her mother was as well as learning of life in Shanghai during the warThe back and forth in time was smoothly done and the characters were authentically ortrayed You will fall in love with the characters and respect their strength Ms Manning s writing flows beautifully along with the intriguing story lineIf you enjoy historical fiction learning about another art of the world during WWII and learning customs of the Chinese culture you won t want to miss reading THE SONG OF JADE LILYTHE SONG OF JADE LILY is an enjoyable heartbreaking heartwarming mesmerizing educational read This book was given to me as an ARC by the ublisher and LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review It was 1938 and Romy Bernfeld was forced to flee Vienna with her arents after the Nazis began rounding up Jewish residents Shanghai was a different city completely bewildered and afraid Romy found friendship with a neighbour Li and her brother while Romy s mother was shattered and depressed Her father a doctor began working at the local hospital Gradually Romy found her way around the French Concession where they lived But with the Japanese invasion everything changed once againAlexandra Laird had returned to Melbourne Australia to be with her Opa who was dying It was 2016 and the thought of losing him devastated her he and Oma Wilhelm and Romy had been there for her for as long as she could remember Alexandra had no idea how she would cope when he was gone Her transfer to Shanghai with work felt fo. In 2016 fleeing London with a broken heart Alexandra returns to Australia to be with her grandparents Romy and Wilhelm when her grandfather is dying With only weeks left together her grandparents begin to reveal the family mysteries they have kept secret for than half a century In 1939 two young girls meet in Shanghai the 'Paris. Rtuitous she could research her grandparents ast while *there Oma had told her very little of what had happened during the war yearsBut what would Alexandra *Oma had told her very little of what had happened during the war yearsBut what would Alexandra Her search was frustrating but as secrets came to light she found uestions than answers The Jade Lily by Aussie author Kirsty Manning is my first by this author and it won t be my last A thoroughly enjoyable historical fiction novel which was set mainly in Shanghai with the narration in two timelines by both a young Romy and Alexandra I couldn t City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York put it down Heartbreaking filled with hope a lifetime of friendship and masses of courage The Jade Lily is one I highly recommendWith thanks to Allen Unwin for my uncorrectedroof to read and review Kirsty Manning has written a stunning story filled with secrets sorrow and resilience 1939 Vienna Austria Romy *s family realizes it is in their best interest to leave the * family realizes it is in their best interest to leave the But the only The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 place that will take them in without a visa is shanghai Shanghai is miles away a brief respite from the war but it isn t long before shanghai is also impacted by WWII 2016 Alexandra returns home to Australia from London to see her beloved grandfather before he dies Alexandra was raised by her grandparents after her mother Sophia was killed in a car accident Alexandra knows that her mother was adopted brought over to Australia by her grandfather and grandmother Romy Alexander has taken a new job in Shanghai Inn is determined to figure out where her mother came from The only information Alexander has is a necklace a birth certificate aicture and journal Will Alexandra discover her roots Or are some secrets best kept in the Književna groupie 2: Strovaljivanje past This was an amazing book that introduced me to aart of history I reviously had no idea about When I think of WWII I certainly never think of China I had no idea China took in so many Jewish refugees I was ignorant to the tensions between Japan and China during WWII The beauty of historical fiction is learning something that you robably otherwise would never have learned Romy and her family have found themselves in the unfortunate Davids Sling position of leaving one horrible situation to find themselves in the midst of another I once again was completely in awe of the resilience ofeople The characters and the setting of this story completely Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. David Shields popped off theages Kirsty Manning has seamlessly woven together the Learner Strategies in Language Learning present and theast in this compelling tale Both timelines completely captivated me and all these characters stole my heart The friendship between Romy and Lee was so beautiful to read about I loved how we really got to learn about the Chinese culture through Romy s eyes I found the Chinese medicine fascinating Romy was such an authentic character my heart broke for her with some of the letters she wrote to her brother Daniel back in a work camp in Austria I was so curious as to what the secret was she was keeping from her granddaughter Alexandra and what her motivations were Alexandra was also an intriguing character I loved discovering the Dangerously Placed past right alongside her And I love the little bit of romance she had going on with John A beautiful story brimming with family friendship and culture This is not a short book but it went so uick I was so riveted by the story and I just needed to know what the secret was I also am completely intrigued by all eastern cultures and just love getting to know about them Simplyut this was an evocative story that all fans of historical fiction will completely devour The audiobook is narrated by Saskia Maarleveld who in my opinion is one of the absolute best There are so many accents in this book and she nailed them all She gave each character their own distinct voice and I never was confused as to who is narrating the story A stellar job Big thanks to William Morrow and Harper Audio for my copy of this book There always seems to be something new to learn about WWII and this is another work of historical fiction that has taught me about another facet I had no idea that Jews migrated to Shanghai before the war But this story did than just inform it moved me because of the strength and courage of the characters and it was a testament to how heartache and loss can elevate Just Destiny people to do things because they love others because it s the right thing to do As a young girl Romy Bernfeld and herarents left their beloved Vienna Austria after experiencing traumatic losses at the hands of the Nazis in 1938 They are exiled but comfortable until the Japanese take over the French section and their lives once again are in Paradise Run peril What happen from then through the war years is of course heartbreaking but there are the beautiful friendships that Romy finds and the love she discovers that sustain her through the years As in many recent books there is a dual time line here and secrets of theast that will be discovered In 2016 Alexandra Romy s granddaughter wants to find out of her history after her grandfather has assed away but doesn t want to upset Romy So she leaves Australia after th. Of the East' beautiful local Li and Viennese refugee Romy form a fierce friendship But the deepening shadows of World War Two fall over the women as Li and Romy slip between the city's glamorous French Concession and the desperate Shanghai Ghetto Eventually they are forced separate ways as Romy doubts Li's loyaltiesAfter Wilhel.
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E funeral and goes to Shanghai It is here that she finds not just her history but who she is and what she wants moving forward The book alternates between 2016 and the war years with narrative letters and diary entries In these ast Help Me, Jacques Cousteau present stories I tend to like theast story but I genuinely liked Alexandra s character and her story as well But Romy s story which is one of heartbreak in many ways is such a beautiful story of love I didn t even fully guess what the secret of the Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen past was and was so taken by whateople
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do for *ones they love the book is well researched *they love The book is well researched beautifully "WRITTENI RECEIVED AN ADVANCED COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM "received an advanced copy of this book from MorrowHarperCollins through Edelweiss At a time when no other country including US UK Australia would open its doors to Jews fleeing the concentration camps Shanghai had opened its doors to than twenty thousand refugees fleeing Europe during WWII It was The Book of Mordred possible before 1940 to be released from a concentration camp if you had a validassport visa Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide permit to take up residency in another country androof of transport Such release was always subject to the Wie war das noch? Schulwissen, neu aufpoliert prisoner leaving The Jade Lily is a dual time line narrative1938 Vienna Austria 11 year old Romy and herarents flee to Shanghai after one of her brothers is shot by German soldiers and the other is herded away with other young Jewish men On the three month trip to Shanghai by boat Romy meets Nina and they become firm friends Their lives take very different Hidden Boundaries paths but bonded by the unspeakable events of war they remain firm friends for life2016 Melbourne Australia 36 year old Alexandra has rushed home from England to be by her dying grandfather s side leaving behind a broken romance Her Grandmother Romy is stoic and strong and with lifelong friend Nina by her side she goes about her business without a fuss This stoic strong attitude is so endearing and understandable from the women that have been through countless injustices throughout their life and have learned to keep going and do whatever you can to survive through these adversities with no complaintAlexandra sarents died in a car accident when she was young and she was brought up by her grandparents She knows that her mother Sophia was adopted by Romy and Wilhelm There is much secrecy around Sophia s adoption and whenever Alexandra brought it up with her grandparents she could see they were genuinely distressed so she let the matter drop Alexandra s story is one of trying to find out who she is what makes her the way she is her ancestry Armed with nothing but an old hoto her mother s adoption certificate an old diary and a jade necklace she accepts a job offer in Shanghai and starts to ask uestionsWhen Alexandra visited the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and saw her great grandparents and grandmother s names engraved on the wall I could almost feel the goosebumps myself How surreal this moment must have beenThe Jade Lily is an atmospheric tale of the atrocities of war and the stoic strong women that endured itManning has written a heart felt historical fiction detailing the hardships endured by the displaced and the unfailing spirit of these eople to keep going when all seems lostA large focus throughout the story is the blending of cultures as refugees from different countries introduce their cultures and foods into Shanghai Traditional Chinese medicine is also explored with the healing Gods Callgirl power and well being benefits of different blends of herbs and acupuncture Shanghai was the star of this story Theeople the food the customs the countryside the refugees and the architecture all feature Forever I'm Yours prominently then and now in this swirling metropolis where decadence and depravity skipped hand in hand and it seemed rules were meant to be broken The Jade Lily is an intensively researched story that conveys the shocking cruelties endured by the displaced during the war and one woman s journey of strength and love as she comes of age during these trying times The vivid descriptions are a sensual feast of odours flavours sounds and sights from the streets of ShanghaiIf you read Historical Fiction this is one book you must add to your shelf I received an uncorrectedroof copy from the ublisher The Burgeoning Bookshelf An enjoyable enough novel set in Shanghai during WW2 it sees Romy flee Vienna with her Jewish family after the Nazi s have taken over only to have her new home in China suffer the same fate when the Japanese arriveWe follow Romy and her friend s lives as they try to survive the war in a hostile climate their loves and alliances Meanwhile in a second timeline Romy s granddaughter Alexandra is in Shanghai searching for her family s history The two timelines intertwine as Alexandra gets ever closer to the secrets that Romy is so reluctant to let go ofI did find this book to be a bit slow and was never really riveted to it To me it lacked a focal oint of interest and was just another war story It s an ok read but I ll robably find it to be forgettable. 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