I love the way a good book can transport you to another time and to another place, somewhere so exotic that you know you will never travel in your lifetime, and make it so alive and so real and immerse you completely. This book did that for me. Loved it.
The first half of the book was so fabulous it took my breath away! The second half was so boring I could barely skim through it. Disappointed.
The book was rich and interesting in history and detail but I thought the stolid writing was not up to her usual standards and read like a high brow romance novel.
Tea & Talk Book Club / August 2018
I listened to the audio version over 2 years ago. Anyone who enjoyed Memiors of a Geisha would probably enjoy this book. I like the rich culture, though harsh at times. This is a book I would enjoy re-reading. I thought is was very well written, and the narration well done.
Ok, might think about it as a book club bk
The story was slow in the beginning and all along you kind of see what is going to happen. None the less, I enjoyed the story and the cultural elements of this book.
I enjoyed learning about a culture I had never heard of and about the finer points of tea processing. There were some fairy tale aspects to the plot. Especially the marriage to the wealthy and inexplicably available recycling tycoon. The cancer cure revealed near the end is also a stretch of the reader's credulity. The coming of age themes for both mother and daughter are the best part of the story. Both women had to overcome great obstacles and learn to rely on themselves. Obstacles of poverty and ignorance contrasted nicely with the barriers set up by privilege and affluence. We knew they would find each other in the end and it was nicely done, despite the predictability.
mckenzieseaux thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
“No coincidence, no story.” - p. 3
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