The Orchid Tree

The Orchid Tree

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A coming of age story set against the background of conflict and changing values in colonial society." From the perils of internment to the beauty of Hong Kong's fragrant haven, Siobhan Daiko's novel will take you on a sensuous journey of adventure, romance and redemption."An evocative and mesmerising read." Renita D'Silva, " bestselling author of " Monsoon Memories."PRODUCT DESCRIPTION Fifteen year-old Kate Wolseley lives a rarefied life of wealth and privilege in the expatriate community. But when the Japanese take over the colony in December 1941, she's interned in squalid Stanley Camp with her parents. Forty miles away, in Macau, Sofia Rodrigues' suspicions are aroused when her father invites a Japanese family to dinner, an event which leads to a breach between Sofia and her controlling half-brother, Leo. Enduring cramped conditions, humiliation, disease, and starvation, Kate befriends seventeen year-old Charles - who's half Chinese - and they give their hearts to each other under the orchid tree. Can their love survive the war? In December 1948, Kate returns to Hong Kong, determined to put the past behind her. Sofia dreams of leaving Macau and starting a new life, and she won't let anyone, not even Leo, stop her. A young Englishman, James, becomes the link between Kate and Sofia. The communist-nationalist struggle in China spills over into the colony, catapulting the protagonists into the turmoil with disastrous consequences.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 18.8mm | 390.09g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507525842
  • 9781507525845
  • 1,166,569

About Siobhan Daiko

Siobhan Daiko was born in Hong Kong, educated in Perth, Western Australia, and moved to the UK in 1981. She has worked in the City of London, once ran a post office/B&B in Herefordshire, and, more recently, taught Modern Foreign Languages in a Welsh high school. Siobhan now lives with her husband in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, where she spends her time writing, researching historical characters, and enjoying the "dolce vita." The Orchid Tree is her second novel to be published.show more

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