One of our Books of the Year 2016.
Dinah Jefferies has presented another beautifully told and vividly stunning tale, this time set in 1950’s Vietnam. The story revolves around 18 year old Nicole, half French and half Vietnamese, Nicole finds herself torn as war between the ruling French and indigenous population prowls ever closer. Nicole hovers between two men, both from opposing worlds, both with their own journey to take. It feels as though you are watching a wide framed view of history, from the personal perspective of Nicole, her disorientation and heartfelt feelings clamour and writhe from the pages. It is the moments of quiet that really set this story apart, the descriptions of the surroundings, of the small and simple but oh so important things that shape, colour and bring this world to such vibrant life. The colours, smells and heat are all within touching distance, allowing Vietnam to sit beguilingly in the background, adding depth and flavour to the story of Nicole. Visually and emotionally powerful, ’The Silk Merchant’s Daughter' is quite simply a gorgeous read.
FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE. Dinah Jefferies' stunning new novel is a gripping, unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two worlds...1952, French Indochina. Since her mother's death, eighteen-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie. When Sylvie is handed control of the family silk business, Nicole is given an abandoned silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi. But the area is teeming with militant rebels who want to end French rule, by any means possible. For the first time, Nicole is awakened to the corruption of colonial rule - and her own family's involvement shocks her to the core...Tran, a notorious Vietnamese insurgent, seems to offer the perfect escape from her troubles, while Mark, a charming American trader, is the man she's always dreamed of. But who can she trust in this world where no one is what they seem?
|Publication date:||14th July 2016|
|Publisher:||Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Collections:||Around the World in 80+ Historical Novels.,|
|Primary Genre||Family Drama|
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review Dinah Jefferies previous novel, The Tea Planter's Wife. You can click here to read the full reviews.
'A terrific emotional and atmospheric read' Elizabeth Buchan on 'The Tea Planter's Wife
'Beautifully written and heart-rending, this has a magical setting with a real sense of period' Katie Fforde on 'The Tea Planter's Wife
'Dinah Jefferies has once again created a gloriously atmospheric and tension-filled novel. Immensely enjoyable, poignant and compelling.' Isabel Wolff on 'The Tea Planter's Wife
'My ideal read; mystery, love heart-break and joy - I couldn't put it down' Santa Montefiore on 'The Tea Planter's Wife'
Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. She has worked in education, lived in a commune and exhibited work as an artist. Dinah's first novel,The Separation, was published by Viking in 2014; The Tea Planter's Wife is her second novel. She is a contributor to the Guardian and other newspapers and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband. Dinah Jefferies is our Putting Authors in the Picture feature for March 2019. Click here to read more about her author journey on our blog.More About Dinah Jefferies