White Gardenia

  • by Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by Deidre Rubenstein
  • 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Paullina Simons comes an unforgettable story of a mother and daughter from a remarkable new writer. Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese-Russian border in the final days of World War II, White Gardenia tells the story of a Russian mother and daughter separated by war. From the glamorous nightclubs of Shanghai to the harshness of the Siberian wasteland, from a desolate island in the South China Sea and to a new life in post-war Australia, and finally to Cold War Moscow, White Gardenia sweeps across cultures and continents.

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What the Critics Say

"Deidre Rubenstein's well-modulated contralto voice brings empathy and compassion to Alexandra's first novel....Powerful dramatization." (AudioFile)

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Fascinating novel

This is my third Belinda Alexandra book and I was not disappointed. This story is a marvellous blend of Russian Chinese history ending up with the characters as post war refugees in Australia. It is set in the time period of pre WW2 through to post WW2.
As with Alexandra’s other novels it is well researched and beautifully written. Again we see a central female character who experiences dreadful events and disappointments based on historical facts and real life stories but who comes through with great strength of character. I could not put it down and was sorry when it finished. Highly recommended.
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- Paddington

Very Enjoyable

This is the first Belinda Alexander book that I have read. The story is great and I could not put it down.
The narrater was very good. I was very sorry to get to the end.
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- Jan Buckley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2005
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd