THE JADE WIDOW

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Scrapbook images from 1890s family scrapbook, courtesy of Jan N. Photographs: DOB.


 'O'Brien delivers accuracy and grace in this deftly written tale . . .'
'Australian Women's Weekly' 

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ISBN: 9781742755571

Published by Bantam/Random House Australia as a print and an ebook (9781742755595)

And here's the smaller paperback edition released May 1, 2014.

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ISBN: 9781742755588

Also available from 'Read How You Want' as a large print book.


'From the author of Mr Chen’s Emporium comes a captivating tale of pioneering women finding their way in a man’s world.'

  

About the Book

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It's 1885, and life in the Australian country town of Millbrooke has been transformed by the coming of the railways. Daily newspapers bring stories from around the world, courtesy of a network of submarine cables crossing the great oceans.

In a faraway land, the death of a revered British general will precipitate Australia's first involvement in a foreign war. On 3rd March a public holiday is declared and thousands gather in Sydney to farewell almost eight hundred soldiers, embarking on what many call 'a great adventure'.

On the home front, we meet Amy Chen, a determined young woman, who models herself on Queen Victoria. But Amy's demure demeanour belies a big ambition - she is going to build the grandest rural hotel in the colony of New South Wales, complete with its very own ‘ascending cabinet’. 

Meanwhile, her best friend, Eliza Miller, has dreams of her own - to become one of Australia’s first female doctors. However, when she returns to Millbrooke from her medical studies at the Sorbonne, she finds the job she thought was hers has been taken … by a man. 

Over the course of two turbulent years Amy and Eliza will face difficult choices. Love or duty? Career or marriage? Or is it possible to have it all . . . ?


Latest editorial reviews here.

Wind Vane Small 

"The Jade Widow is a gentle narrative that nevertheless has a strong spirit." 

Carrolline Rhodes 

"I was utterly charmed by this sweet romance set in country Australia."

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Read the media release for 'The Jade Widow'  here.