The Silk Merchant's Daughter (Paperback)
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The Silk Merchant's Daughter (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 14/07/2016
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Readers of Dinah Jeffries’ historical fiction about lesser-known times and places, have described the experience as ‘immersive’. In fact, one such reader of her third work, The Silk Merchant’s Daughter, evocatively effused: ‘Each word is a brush on the canvas, each chapter a new part of the picture, until the very end when you can step back and marvel at the work of art in front of you.’ Set in French Indochina in 1952, the story’s focus is Nicole, the less preferred second daughter of a French father by a Vietnamese mother, who is given a near-defunct silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of colonial Hanoi, while her sister Sylvie is bequeathed the family’s successful silk business. Contending with dual nationalities and feeling like she belongs nowhere, Nicole lives in a Hanoi and a Vietnam that is similarly segregated, right down to the way the heat and chaos of the city – and most particularly the rebel-occupied quarter where the shop is located – mingles with the luxurious world of the silk industry. It is against this backdrop that Nicole experiences romance, unearths secrets and becomes as divided by conflict as the city around her. 

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241248621
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


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A captivating tale of dark secrets, sisterly rivalry and love against the odds, enchantingly set in colonial era Vietnam * Publisher's description *
A captivating story, an exotic and richly imagined setting, sibling rivalry, romance, l couldn't put it down * Julia Gregson *
What a vivid and well-researched story! It's an exquisite depiction of colonial Vietnam on the brink of a new area; I could feel the humidity and the sweet scent of frangipani trees... Dinah's writing is incredibly suspenseful and did not shy away from the harsh realities of warfare. I fevered with Nicole to the very last page; the tension is as taut as the silk that winds through it. -- Lucinda Riley
Put everything else on hold. Turn off the phone. Be prepared to be swept away by this wonderful book. I couldn't put it down and loved every delicious page. Dinah Jefferies has a remarkable gift for conjuring up another time and place with lush descriptions, full of power and intensity. I was totally captivated by its passionate and dangerous story of Nicole, as she fights to find her place in the turmoil of 1950s Vietnam, torn between loyalty and love. Deeply layered, full of twists and surprises, but with an edge of darkness, this book is an exciting, exhilarating, extraordinary story that is beautifully written. I loved it. A must read * Kate Furnivall *
Beautifully written and heart-rending, this has a magical setting with a real sense of period * Katie Fforde on 'The Tea Planter's Wife' *
A terrific emotional and atmospheric read * Elizabeth Buchan 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' *
The ideal book...always wanting to know what happens next, together with the description of the period and characters, all make this a compelling read * Woman's Weekly *
Beautifully atmospheric, with twists to keep you enthralled * My Weekly *
Lush and romantic, with an authentic feel of place and period, Jefferies should have another hit on her hands here * Sunday Mirror *

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“Near Perfect”

Dinah Jefferies writes in such a straightforward way, distilling emotions, conflicts, love and loss in deceptive language. You are transported to the time and place. You are sitting in the action alongside the... More

Paperback edition
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“A richly described historical novel of post-war Vietnam”

Nicole is the daughter of a French politician and his (now dead) Vietnamese wife. She and her sister live a life of privilege and yet also one of sadness. Although her sister, Sylvie, is the model of French beauty... More

Hardback edition
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“Beautifully written with a gripping storyline.”

I have fallen in love with Dinah Jeffries writing. As soon as I read 'The Separation' I knew she would be an author I would eagerly await new books from. 'The Silk Merchant's Daughter' is a... More

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