It is 1949 and the Chinese Republic is collapsing under Mao Tse Tung's communist onslaught.
Manying, distressed and frightened and unsure of the fate of her soldier husband, must flee Nanjing with her baby. With the help of her beloved childhood sweetheart, she finds a place on the last train leaving the city and endures a horrifying journey to Hong Kong where she is taken in by her brother and sister-in law. Grief-stricken and destitute, she struggles to make sense of the world in which she now finds herself. As she recalls the cruel fate of her uncle at a provincial court half a century earlier and all that has been lost, she makes a discovery: the past shapes the present. Fate, however, has yet more in store for her.
Love, war, sacrifice, corruption and revenge all play their part in this epic story that reaches its climax in twenty-first century Shanghai.
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About the Author
She has worked as a freelance writer in Tawain, one of her short stories was selected as runner up in the Woman and Home magazine short story competition, and her short story about being an English mother with a baby in Taiwan was broadcast on BBC Radio Oxford. A nonpracticing lawyer, she has worked in business in the UK and Taiwan.
Currently at work on her next novel, Rhiannon lives in a traditional Nottinghamshire village with her husband and their nine-year-old son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I didn't like this book - the writing was choppy in places, stilted in others. The characters had no character, the story wasn't believable and nothing seemed to gel. I can't recommend this book.