Set against a grand canvas of post-revolutionary Russia, this novel tells the story of a mother and daughter separated by war. It takes the reader on a journey across cultures and continents, from the nightclubs of Shanghai to the harshness of Cold War Soviet Russia in the 1960s, from an island in the Pacific Ocean to a life in post-war Australia.
A sweeping story of mothers and daughters, set against a grand canvas of post-revolutionary Russia, early Communist China, the south seas and contemporary Australia Beginning in a small village on the Chinese - Russian border in the final days of World War II, this novel tells the story of a mother and daughter separated by war. In a district of the city of Harbin, a haven for White Russian families since Russia's Communist revolution, Alina Kozlova must make a heartbreaking decision if her only child, Anya, is to live. "White Gardenia" sweeps across cultures and continents, from the glamorous nightclubs of Shanghai to the harshness of Cold War Soviet Russia in the 1960s, from a desolate island in the Pacific Ocean to a new life in post-war Australia. Both mother and daughter must make sacrifices, but is the price of survival too high? Most importantly of all, will they ever find each other again? Rich in incident and historical detail, this is a compelling and beautifully written tale about yearning and forgiveness.
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'Captivating' Daily Telegraph 'A passionate and powerful family saga' Australian Women's Weekly 'Depicts vividly the powerful, lifelong bond between mothers and daughters' Paullina Simons 'Rich in detail, and the story fairly rattles along' Choice
About Belinda Alexandra
Belinda Alexandra is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Australian father. She has lived in New York, California and Melbourne. She now lives in Sydney, where she enjoys ballroom dancing. and studying French. She has recently married her dance partner, whom she met while researching the tango for her novel WILD LAVENDER.
White Gardenia by Belinda Alexandra
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