This book is now part of my top 10. I loved the ending!
Good Historical Fiction, well written, but too drastic a swing from poor to rich, a modest amount of success would have been more believable. Nothing surprising about the plot but I was surprised that her childhood took place in the 1990s, I would have thought more like the 1890s. This area of western China is portrayed as very isolated and behind the times to the rest of the country. That changed. I liked the parallel inserts about the adopted daughters life growing up in America. I give it 4 stars.
Excellent read, compelling story. I never lost interest and dove into a world I know nothing about. I gave it four stars because I'm picky about giving out five stars, LOL. Worth your time to read.
Good book enjoyed learning about tea also learned about the customs still being observed in laor thialand in 1990's twins being killed one child per family etc.
Initially, I really liked this book. But, by halfway through, I was skimming page after page. Overall, I feel like I wasted hours of my life reading it. I wouldn’t recommend it. Predictable.
I haven't read a book that touched my heart like this one did in a while. I found myself completely lost in Li-yan's transformative journey from a naive young girl into her own womanhood. As a young woman who has made mistakes and is doubtful about the future, this was such an inspiring read. I also thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Akha culture and Pu'er tea growing!
A fascinating book. Enjoyed it very much. Definitely a 5 star read
A colleague recommended this to me because she knows I get a little nerdy about tea. The story was engaging - it was one of few books that I was inspired to "sneak off and read" when I could get a chance. I enjoyed the main character's perspective and some of the other insights and cultural pieces offered in the book.
It definitely does get into tea - the harvesting, the making and history of pu'er, the market over the years, the steeping and some of the lore.
If you are a tea lover who likes a good "triumph over adversity" story, this is a good read for you!
I enjoyed the book largely because of what I learned about different aspects of tea culture and the Ahka. There were passages where I felt there were too many details for my liking, but overall I appreciated this book.
This is my favourite book that I've read all year. I'm a sap. So expect a fairy tale story of sorts.
It's not overdone, & it's worth the read. It follows the story of a young girl into motherhood, her children, her family, and the path she takes throughout her life. In trying to write this comment about the novel right now, I am finding it difficult to not give away important details. So, just read it. If you like reading about love, loss, culture, and strong feminine protagonists, then pick this book up.
mckenzieseaux thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
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