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Author: Belinda Alexandra
ISBN: 0732276276
Language: English
Pages: 544 pages
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (October 29, 2003)
Rating: 4.3
Formats: lit lrf docx azw
FB2 size: 1557 kb | EPUB size: 1165 kb | DJVU size: 1382 kb
Sub: Fiction

Belinda Alexandra's attention to detail is wonderful. I felt like I literally walked right into the story. What I loved most was that there was no 'build-up' or 'intros'.

Belinda Alexandra's attention to detail is wonderful.

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After Irina’s concert Ruselina’s health had deteriorated and we proceeded slowly.

After Irina’s concert Ruselina’s health had deteriorated and we proceeded slowly. Too much exertion shortened her breath and left her doubled over and wheezing. Yet, despite her feebleness, I felt it was me who was leaning against her that afternoon. Tell me something about your friend,’ I asked her. ‘How did she know my mother?’. Ruselina stopped and used the back of her sleeve to dab the sweat from her forehead.

Epic and passionate, WHITE GARDENIA will sweep you awa. Mama, Mama,' I said to myself, 'keep safe. You will survive, and I will survive, until we can find each other again. 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 too high?

White Gardenia sweeps across cultures and continents, from the glamorous nightclubs of Shanghai to the austerity of Cold War Soviet Russia in the 1960s, from a desolate . White Gardenia - Belinda Alexandra.

White Gardenia sweeps across cultures and continents, from the glamorous nightclubs of Shanghai to the austerity 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 too high? Most importantly of all, will they ever find each other again? Rich in historical detail and reminiscent of stories by Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley, White Gardenia is a compelling and beautifully written tale about yearning, longing, and the lengths a mother will go to protect her child  .

2 5 Author: Belinda Alexandra.

An enthralling book Belinda Alexander puts so much character action and twists that you are desperate to read the next page ehile making it all believeable. I lok forward to reading all her books. by Kerry V on March 2, 2014.

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Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese Russian border in the final days of World War ll, "White Gardenia" tells the story of a White Russian mother and daughter, separated by war.
Comments (7)
MeGa_NunC
I have recently discovered this author and am really enjoying her writing. This novel is very well developed, the historical background is interesting, for I did not know much about the plight of the White Russians historically in the world wars. It is fascinating to read this story as it takes the character through a Russian background, into China, the Philippines, and finally to Australia. The characters are very likeable, well developed, and I am enjoying the story told through the eyes of the major character. Highly recommend this book, and I appreciate Amazon's making these books available.
Gldasiy
I'm a fan of Belinda Alexandra books. This story seemed to run out of steam about 3/4 into it. It regains momentum so be sure to continue reading. I enjoyed the book., but it's not my favorite. I gave it four stars for her creative imagination.
Phain
I really enjoyed this book It was a good story line about white Russians living in China before the war, their experiences they had and survived, a lot of facts came to light about the political situation at the time which I was unaware of, so it was a great history lesson wrapped up in a wonderful story, a must read.
Love Me
Belinda Alexander never fails to please with her work, the stories are amazing, but her attention to detail of the countries in which her books are based is incredible. I have read 4 of her books and have a 5th one waiting for me and I cannot wait to get started.
Agagamand
Good family saga.
LeXXXuS
I was attracted to White Gardenias by some positive comments that Paullina Simons (one of my favorite authors) made about it, so I took a chance and ordered a copy. It pretty much delivers what it promises: a sweeping story spaning three continents and three decades. Interestingly, though there is romance, the crux of the saga is the relationship between the heroine Anya, and her mother Alina.

Anya grew up in with her parents in Harbin: a Chinese haven for White Russian families after the Communist Revolution. When her father dies Anya and her mother do what they can to survive when the Japanese invade the country during World War II. However a personal vendetta leads to a heartbreaking choice for Anya's mother. Alina is forced to separate from Anya in order to save her. Anya finds herself lost and adrift in Shanghai, and at the mercy of the greed and vindictiveness of those she thinks she can trust. When once again she's forced to flee her home, Anya finds herself settling in Australia- a country that welcomes refugees in the aftermath of the war. Anya makes some deveoted friends and equally devoted enemies. She earns the love of two men, but never wavers in her desire to find her mother again.

The book's weakness is that Alexandra doesn't develop the mother-daughter relationship sufficiently. A stronger sense of the ties between Anya and Alina would have helped the reader understand the urgency in finding one another. As it stands, we understand the love between them in a general sense: the love of a parent and a child. More development would help us understand the connection on a more individualized level: the love of THIS parent for THIS child. However the novel is an absorbing and entertaining read.
FreandlyMan
A sweeping epic with well-drawn characters and a fast-moving plot. An interesting look at slice of Russian history, and the fates of those who fled Russia.
I enjoyed travelling from Harbin in China to Shanghai and the Phillipines and then to Sydney with the heroine. Some of it was a little contrived at the end but overall an enjoyable page turner.