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Island in the east por Jenny Ashcroft
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Island in the east (edição 2017)

por Jenny Ashcroft

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It is 1897 and identical twins Harriet and Mae, having been born out of wedlock, are used to the whispers that follow them around, but their love for one another is all they've ever needed. Their mysterious benefactor, however, disagrees and sends them to Singapore to live with his distant relative, the rather unremarkable David Keeley, who will choose one of the sisters to marry.This single act sets off a chain of events that causes a distance to open up between Harriet and Mae, but it is only after the twins meet the handsome Alex Blake that their relationship becomes truly fractured. When one sister's envy of the other results in a betrayal so shocking, their sisterhood may not survive it, she realises that the only way she can make amends is by making the ultimate sacrifice. But that sacrifice will have repercussions throughout the generations . . .With a sizzling love affair playing out against this epic family drama, and a vivid and richly rendered wartime backdrop, Island In The East is evocative, atmospheric and incredibly romantic historical fiction at its very best.… (mais)
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Título:Island in the east
Autores:Jenny Ashcroft
Informação:London : Sphere, 2017.
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Yet another historical novel told with a modern and an historical story, although this time the modern story of a young woman working as a "listener" in Singapore just before the Japanese invasion is much more interesting (and Probable) than the overwrought story pf orphaned twin sisters in the same place vying for the affections of the same man. ( )
  etxgardener | Feb 1, 2020 |
Romantic! ( )
  deweyquilt | Jan 30, 2019 |
I couldn’t put down from the moment I started reading it. I kept trying to find a spot that I could finish reading for the night but there wasn’t one and before I knew it it was 6am and 79% through the book!

Beautifully written dual timelines and characters as well as the descriptions of Singapore making the heat and sounds of the place creep into your subconsciousness, it certainly transported me from my boyfriends front room to a much warmer place thankfully! ( He’s to tight to put the heating on! )

Set in two time frames in Singapore, it is the story of Ivy, a Wren translator sent there at the height of World War 2 and Harriet and Mae who lived there in the 1890s.

Harriet and Mae are identical twins sent to Singapore as young women by their benefactor and forced to live with David Keeley, who is a rather cold, unlikable character who becomes very obsessed with marrying Harriet which will insure his inheritance from the girls’ father.

Ivy, a Wren translator receives orders to leave London to go to Singapore to make use of her expertise in Japanese. After a traumatic event she jumps at the chance of a fresh start even though she has to leave her beloved Grandmother Mae , her only living relative. There she meets some of the people her Grandmother knew but why did Mae never mentioned her time on the island? And the there is Kit! An Australian officer who she starts to fall in love with him. Would either one survive the war?

Their stories are irrevocably linked, past and present becomes heartbreakingly intertwined as secrets come to light and loves and losses are revealed chapter by chapter.

Both plot strands were compelling and normally in a book written in this way one part of the time line tends to resonate more than the other but in this novel I loved both settings.

The capitulation of Singapore and the atrocities perpetrated by the invaders were wonderfully written with an obvious amount of research to do the subject justice and making it tragically real.

This is a novel that has a bit of everything – love, war, betrayal, heartbreak, tragedy, redemption and hope. And as clichéd as it is, I really do highly recommend it, particularly if you like historical romance with a lot of suspense. This is by far the best book in this genre I have read for a long time!

And now that I have finished it … maybe I can catch up on my sleep! ( )
  DebTat2 | Jul 26, 2018 |
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It is 1897 and identical twins Harriet and Mae, having been born out of wedlock, are used to the whispers that follow them around, but their love for one another is all they've ever needed. Their mysterious benefactor, however, disagrees and sends them to Singapore to live with his distant relative, the rather unremarkable David Keeley, who will choose one of the sisters to marry.This single act sets off a chain of events that causes a distance to open up between Harriet and Mae, but it is only after the twins meet the handsome Alex Blake that their relationship becomes truly fractured. When one sister's envy of the other results in a betrayal so shocking, their sisterhood may not survive it, she realises that the only way she can make amends is by making the ultimate sacrifice. But that sacrifice will have repercussions throughout the generations . . .With a sizzling love affair playing out against this epic family drama, and a vivid and richly rendered wartime backdrop, Island In The East is evocative, atmospheric and incredibly romantic historical fiction at its very best.

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