Book Review: White Gardenia by Belinda Alexandra

White Gardenia
Author: Belinda Alexandra
Stars: 4

Blurb: 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 survive the final days of World War 2.
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 the desolate island in the Pacific Ocean to the 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 incident and historical detail, this is a compelling and beautifully written tale about yearning and forgiveness.

Can Anya be strong and survive her new life in Shanghai in which she know no one and in which the horrible Amelia is trying to made it harder for her? Can she make Boris and Olga proud? After they snatched her out from right under Tangs eyes. Will she ever see her Mama again?

White Gardenia is an enthralling read in which we follow the story of Anya after she is separated from her mother at the tender age of 13. We follow her journey into womanhood and across the globe. It makes you wonder how you would deal with been separated from your own mother in such a heart wrenching fashion. I know I wouldn’t go so well.

As much as I enjoyed White Gardenia, I think Wild Lavender and Silver Wattle are my favourites. Which are the first 2 I read.


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