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Daughters of the Silk Road: A beautiful and epic novel of family, love and the secrets of a Ming Vase Kindle Edition
Venice 1441: Maria and her brother Daniele arrive in the birthplace of their father, Niccolo dei Conti. An Italian merchant who has travelled far and wide, Niccolo has brought spices from India, lengths of silk and damask from the lands east of India and porcelain; a vase of pure white, its surface decorated with a cobalt blue dragon, the Chinese symbol of good fortune.
Maria settles in her new home, watching the magnificent and bustling city come to life each morning from her bedroom window. But while her father is away travelling, she soon finds herself and Daniele in terrible danger. She must protect her brother at whatever cost, and she must guard the delicate vase.
London 2015: Single mother Miranda is struggling to make ends meet and build a new life for her and daughter Georgie. When Miranda meets the charming but mysterious Charles, she is intrigued. Could he be her second chance at love? And why is he so fascinated by the old vase sitting on her hall table…
A stunning and richly evocative story following the journey of a precious family treasure passed down from one generation to another. Perfect for fans of Dinah Jefferies and Kate Morton.
‘An amazing book rich in detail and filled with characters you are rooting for…Now having read two books from Debbie Rix she has proven to me just what a storyteller she is as she takes her readers on a journey through the past to a time that should not be forgotten. This book is a beautifully crafted novel full of secrets, love, friendship and family bonds…Definitely one not to be missed.’ Shaz’s Book Blog
‘A spellbinding, epic journey spanning centuries, across countries, continents and vast perilous oceans…The past is vividly brought back to life in great detail and in full colour, from the food they ate to the clothes they wore…I really enjoyed reading this magnificent story.’ Relax and Read Books
‘An exotic and thrilling trip back in time, filled with the glories of old Venice.’ For the Love of Books
‘I Loved Debbie Dix's first book, and I love this one even more. We have tension in the present, trouble in the past, and mystery in the future. A Ming vase is at the centre of the mystery and mystical in this wonderful novel.’ Nik Book Lover’s Blog
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- ASIN : B01C7E3HNS
- Publisher : Bookouture (April 15, 2016)
- Publication date : April 15, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1678 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #199,622 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Plot: 5 out of 5 stars
Writing: 4 out of 5 stars
Character development: 4 out of 5 stars
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This book is written over and dual time line and tells a families’ history through a family heirloom a Ming vase. The vase passes on from one generation to another. One timeline is set in the past and explains how the vase was acquired and tells the story of the different generations who had the vase in their possession.. The other timeline is set in the present and tells the story of the current owner of the vase.
The story is beautifully written, very captivating, it takes you on a journey through time and around the world from 14th century China and Venice through 17th and 18th century Holland and ends in present day England. The characters are well depicted and their actions are described in great details which made them easy to relate to. I thought the plot based around the vase was both interesting and original. I particular liked the bits that explained the process of making a Ming vase. Overall this is a nicely written story with interesting characters that transports you away to another place and time.
The family story is in itself interesting and is made even more so by the interweaving of the modern story with the previous decades. The Ming vase provided the linking thread. The book also contains several short explanations of the making of porcelain at different points in the story. Looking forward to reading other novels by this author.
The story is told from two different eras, one is the present and the other is in the 1170’s and beyond. It follows the path of a family as they go through their lives and grow their families and their businesses. The one thing that binds them together through all the centuries is a white vase with a blue dragon swirling around it. Ironically, no one seems to worry about how much it is worth through the centuries. It is a sentimental vase that is passed down through the family along with a family tree.
It finally lands in the possession of Miranda Sharp. Miranda is a divorced mother raising her daughter, Georgia on a very small salary. She manages to make ends meet; but it is difficult. However, she and Georgie get along well. Miranda had received a box of items from her Aunt Celia as her inheritance. Her aunt thought she would appreciate them for their sentimental value more than actual value. Thinking nothing of the items, she put them on her shelves and went on with her life. The vase was a catchall in the hall and she kept flowers in it occasionally. It nearly fell every time Georgie put her coat on the rack; but it never did. It wasn’t until an unscrupulous man came into their lives that the vase became important.
The novel follows both families in their own time periods until time intersects. The story is delightful and well-told. It is definitely a novel to read and cherish.
Beautifully written and all the more interesting because of authentic people and places. I thought the end a little abrupt and it was a bit too wordy in places.
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Niccolo's first duty after finding accommodation for his family and possessions is to report to the Doge of Venice and then the Pope, leaving Maria in charge of their new home and the Vase. It is while is away that an attempt is made to steal the vase. Needless to say it is successfully foiled by Maria and Peter, a young trader who has fallen in love with her. After its recovery Maria and Peter depart for Bruges where they live out their live and pass the Vase on to their eldest daughter to safeguard. ... and so it passes down the generations until it surfaces in Sheen (near Barnes) in SW London in 2015.
Miranda, a single Mum with a fairly bright 14 year old daughter, has inherited a crateful of 'domestic' possessions from a solicitor acting for her great aunt who has just passed away. The aunt hoped she would find useful and/or pleasing. Among them was the aforementioned Vase and a carriage clock which she had admired from occasional visits.
Miranda works 3 days a for Jeremy, a bookseller in Barnes who also deals in first editions and other rare books. In the course of her work she encounters a 'dealer' Charles who gets friendly with to the extent that he sometimes shares her bed. Charles spots the Vase on the hall table and offers to sell it for her, giving her a cheque for £10 on account. Naturally she doesn't hear from him again!
The novel then becomes a detective story ...
In all it is a darn good read!
Niccolo returns to Venice from travelling in India, China, the spice islands and various Arab countries, with him he brings his daughter and son, along with silks, spices and various items of porcelain from China. Amongst these is a Ming dragon vase. Flash to 2015 London and single impoverished mother Miranda inherits various household items from her great aunt, amongst these is an old white vase with a blue dragon floating around the middle of it. She sets it on the hall table and bungs a few dried flowers in it. Along comes the charming, mysterious Charles, who wines and dines Miranda and takes an interest in the old vase, telling her it's a modern copy and may be worth £50. The novel switches between the past and present as it follows the owners of the vase. Very interesting read, which also includes how porcelain was made in Ming dynasty China.