So historically/culturally engaging! I felt like I was experiencing every aspect of the story firsthand, thank you for your attention to detail and great story telling!
I really enjoyed this thoroughly researched story. The writing was very well-structured and the storyline flawless. So it was a great read for me. That being said, it felt a bit formulaic and expository. Nothing wrong with that, it just didn’t feel like a literary journey, more like a love story on several levels (parent-child, romantic partner), stitching together facts and situations surrounding Chinese adoptees, and those of the tea world. I appreciated the neatly tied threads of all the individual story lines, but found all that the coincidences a bit fairytale-ish. Still liked it very much.
Lisa See never disappoints with her story telling.
From start to finish this story is fascinating. I love the level of detail this author leverages to make you feel you are there watching this story unfold.w
This story of an adopted girl, her adopted mother’s love for her, her birth mother’s longing for her and the emotional confusion of the child is a universal theme made All the more interesting by adding the international history, politics and culture of the people whose story is being told. Linda See is a gifted writer whose novels always are woven by a golden thread through out / from the first paragraph to the last page the reader is carried along by this golden thread woven by Lina See’s creative imagination. .
Barbara Lee MS
Loved this book, and felt it is Lisa Sees best book yet. Which says a lot as I have loved all of her books. As others have said, I learned a lot about tea, but loved the insight into children adopted by families of different cultures.
From start to finish, I couldn't put the book down