EBOOK READ The Jade Lily Author Kirsty Manning
M Alexandra s return home is marked by the sad decline of her grandfather who only has a short time left to live In these precious few weeks with her grandparents long held family secrets are unravelled Linking to Alexandra s present day journey is the powerful story of two girls who meet in Shanghai in 1939 The fateful meeting between Li a local girl and Romy a oung girl who has escaped Vienna with her family will change both their lives forever An unmistakable bond forms between these two It's All About the Bike The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels young girls which helps the both of them survive the dangers of World War II However a big test to their friendship occurs and the two drift away from one another Romy in particular finds it hard to support Li when her heart feels like it has been broken The Jade Lily links these two different pathways to self discovery when Alexandra makes the journey to Shanghai Armed with only a few pieces of information on the past her grandparents tried so hard to lock away Alexandra is determined to discover her hidden ancestry The Jade Lily is one engrossing tale that deftly combines the power of friendship all encompassing love the limitations of war and it reminds us of the valour displayed by those who lived through one of the harshest points in our world historyIf there is one novel that I have been eagerly awaiting to get my hands on it is my favourite Australian author Kirsty Manning s second and latest novel The Jade Lily Those who follow my reviews and reading tastes know that I have endorsed Kirsty Manning s writing and her first novel The Midsummer Garden as much as I can I declared The Midsummer Garden my favourite novel of 2017 and I read a lot of books I also openly stated Kirsty Manning is my Stella Spark Kirsty is a writer who inspires and transportsou to another world through her novels So perhaps now Corinna, A-Maying the Apocalypse you have a good feel for the high level of anticipation and excitement I had going into The Jade Lily I am pleased to report that I simply adored The Jade Lily and if I could award than the standard 5 star rating I wouldI think when a novel is so good and has touchedou in a way that The Jade Lily has with this reader Programmable Microcontrollers with Applications you findourself lost for words I do believe the best I can do for The Jade Lily and this review is to let the story speak for itself I was literally blown away by the hidden history of this novel It is a good thing that we are still digging up snippets of pertinent World War II happenings and showcasing these pivotal events via uality historical fiction titles In The Jade Lily s case the hidden history of Shanghai s Jewish population and the amount of refugees who were welcomed into this part of the world where other countries blankly refused absolutely floored me It is hard not to read this novel and feel a lump in our throat form I also felt a strong sense of regret wash over me as I uncovered this rather concealed moment of historyThe Jade Lily takes a multiple narrative approach to the format of the novel which is a style of novel I always gravitate towards As with Manning s
First Novel The Jade novel The Jade effortlessly sews the threads of the present day together with the past precisely Manning is an expert in the art of the slow reveal gently enticing the reader in both aspects of her narrative so one informs the other I loved the family secrets and secrets pertaining to Alexandra s ancestry that defined this novel It was one of the overwhelming reasons why I was utterly absorbed in the novel I enjoyed it immensely and I liked the final turn of events in the novel I welcomed the final twist with gustoManning s characterisation is finely tuned I loved the presentation of both her present day and past characters I gave my heart out to Romy I just loved her both "IN THE PRESENT AND IN THE PAST I THINK " the present and in the past I think is the hidden heroine of the novel and for me she really stood out as being so central to the storyline Meanwhile the characters that define the Shanghai wartime storyline are just so colourful they burst from the pages of this novelSetting wise both the time period and placement of The Jade Lily was sculpted to perfection I have nothing to fault and I must praise Kristy Manning for getting a diverse range of locales across the globe and specific time periods so precise It is the finer details that Manning carefully includes in her novel that really makes this book something special It is clear that Manning has done an exceptional job in combining all her relevant resources to inform each setting of her novel extremely wellThere is so much to love about the themes in this novel from family secrets ancestry the World War II experiences refugees displacement female friendship and forbidden love Manning also inserts a rich cultural aspect to her novel especially in the Shanghai based aspects where we learn some much about traditional medicine and techniues cooking architecture and the stunning gardens of this part of the world The most moving part of the novel for me were the letters incorporated within the past story between Romy s brother David and his family while he was in Dachau These were moving authentic and utterly devastatingManning has devoted a lot of time and energy on the finishing touches of her novel Be sure to check out her Author s Note and detailed sources section which adds further insight into the making of this great novelAs I come to the close of this review I put my hand and my heart and appeal to ou if there is one book I can recommend it is The Jade Lily It is a very special one of a kind novel that will enhance our reading mind providing a most accessible approach to a little known aspect of our shared world historyI wish to thank Allen Unwin for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposesThe Jade Lily is book 49 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge. M dies Alexandra flies to Shanghai determined to trace her grandparents' past As she peels back the layers of their hidden lives she begins to uestion everything she knows about her family and herself A compelling and gorgeously told tale of female friendship the price of love and the power of hardship and courage to shape us al. Orward The book alternates between 2016 and the war ears with narrative letters and diary entries In these past present stories I tend to like the past 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 past was and was so taken by what people will do for the ones they love The book is well researched and beautifully writtenI received an advanced copy of this book from William MorrowHarperCollins through Edelweiss The Song of the Jade Lily is beautifully told in two timelines The first is 1939 Shanghai Two Un lieu incertain 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 aoung 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 Starman The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin 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 The Jade Lily is a dual time line narrative1938 Vienna Austria 11ear old Romy and her parents flee to Shanghai after one of her brothers is shot by German soldiers and the other is herded away with other Caveman Alien's Ransom: A SciFi BBW/Alien Fated Mates Romance (Caveman Aliens Book 1) 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 paths but bonded by the unspeakable events of war they remain firm friends for life2016 Melbourne Australia 36ear 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 Edge of Chaos Sons of Chaos MC you can to survive through these adversities with no complaintAlexandra s parents died in a car accident when she wasoung 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 photo 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 wom It was 1938 and Romy Bernfeld was forced to flee Vienna with her parents 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 thought
of losing him devastated her he and Oma Wilhelm and Romy had been there her for as long as losing him devastated her he and Oma Wilhelm and Romy had been there for her for as long as could remember Alexandra had no idea how she would cope when he was gone Her transfer to Shanghai with work felt fortuitous she could research her grandparents past while there Oma had told her very little of what had happened during the war Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou yearsBut what would Alexandra find 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 aoung Romy and Alexandra I couldn t 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 uncorrected proof to read and review Manning makes a triumphant return to the Australian historical fiction scene with her second novel The Jade Lily It is a novel that takes the reader from the precarious times of World War II Austria to the cosmopolitan streets of Shanghai through to modern day Melbourne If The Summer I Wasn't Me you are looking for a tale that will sweepou away into times gone by look no further than The Jade LilyThe Jade Lily is a multiple time frame narrative that begins with present day heroine Alexandra Nursing a broken heart Alexandra feels she must escape London and return home to Australia Embraced by the love of her dear grandparents Romy and Wilhel. 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. ,
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 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 country But the only 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 a picture and journal Will Alexandra discover her roots Or are some secrets best kept in the past This was an amazing book that introduced me to a part of history I previously 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 Khaiye Aur Vajan Ghataiye you probably otherwise would never have learned Romy and her family have found themselves in the unfortunate position of leaving one horrible situation to find themselves in the midst of another I once again was completely in awe of the resilience of people The characters and 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 past and the present was fairly eual throughout Romy and Nina were fascinating characters when they wereoung and when they were old Alexandra was a useful means to explore the presentIt was a long book well padded with cultural revelations about Asian food and medicines That was all okay too but the most interesting part was the story of the Austrian Jews 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 people and their lack of knowledge about what was actually happening in
the detention camps back in GermanyBy the middle of the I was totally engrossed and Idetention camps back in GermanyBy the middle of the book I was totally engrossed I 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 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 possible before 1940 to be released from a concentration camp if ou had a valid passport visa permit to take up residency in another country and proof o 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 " grandfather who raised her 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 place 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 Alex 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 people to do things because they love others because it s the right thing to do As a oung girl Romy Bernfeld and her parents 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 peril What happen from then through the war في الانفصال years is of course heartbreaking but there are the beautiful friendships that Romy finds and the love she discovers that sustain her through theears As in many recent books there is a dual time line here and secrets of the past that will be discovered In 2016 Alexandra Romy s granddaughter wants to find out of her history after her grandfather has passed away but doesn t want to upset Romy So she leaves Australia after the funeral and goes to Shanghai It is here that she finds not just her history but who she is and what she wants moving 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 oung girls meet in Shanghai the 'Paris.