Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DAUGHTERS OF THE SILK ROAD - Debbie Rix

‘She crossed over to the shelf where her father kept the dragon vase. He had placed it there when they first arrived in Venice. She took it down carefully, feeling it cool and comforting under her shaking fingers.’ 

Venice 1441: Maria and her brother Daniele arrive in the birthplace of their father, Niccolo dei Conti. An Italian merchant who has travelled far and wide, Niccolo has brought spices from India, lengths of silk and damask from the lands east of India and porcelain; a vase of pure white, its surface decorated with a cobalt blue dragon, the Chinese symbol of good fortune. Maria settles in her new home, watching the magnificent and bustling city come to life each morning from her bedroom window. But while her father is away travelling, she soon finds herself and Daniele in terrible danger. She must protect her brother at whatever cost, and shemust guard the delicate vase. 

London 2015: Single mother Miranda is struggling to make ends meet and build a new life for her and daughter Georgie. When Miranda meets the charming but mysterious Charles, she is intrigued. Could he be her second chance at love? And why is he so fascinated by the old vase sitting on her hall table… 

REVIEW

This enchanting story revolves around a precious Ming vase acquired in the 15th century by a shipping merchant to give as a gift to the Doge of Venice. Circumstances and some bad luck prevent the vase from leaving the family. Through the centuries the vase was handed down through the generations of the same family, bringing good fortune to its current owner. In the year 2015, the vase is owned by Miranda, a struggling single mother, who is unaware of the vase's true, precious value. She meets and succumbs to the charms of a man named Charles and readily gives her heart to him. But he is not all that he seems.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I especially loved the 15th century setting; it was beautifully written and very emotive. I was no less impressed with the portions of the story that dealt with Miranda. In fact, it definitely tugged at several of my emotions, anger being one of them. And rightly so. When a story can draw so many emotions from a reader, you can be certain that it is an excellent tale! Intrigue, betrayal, and abiding friendship are strong themes. I look forward to reading more by this author! A lovely read. Highly recommended.    

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