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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane | Lisa See
A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gatethe first automobile any of them have seenand a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haleys happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their familys destiny for generations. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.
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Beatlefan129
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This book is meticulously researched. I enjoyed learning about the Akha culture, their beliefs and practices involving tea growing and harvesting. I also enjoyed watching Li-yan navigate life in the outside world while trying to remain true to her culture. One criticism is the character of Haley. Since we mainly get her perspective through emails she doesn‘t seem as well fleshed out to me. The ending also seems a little too tidy for my taste.

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kellyann28
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Another great read, this was a really great round of #LMPBC ! I love how every character was meaningful and fleshed out in this one.
Thank you all for being apart of this round ❤ @DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers @Johanna414

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo!! 3mo
DanaManiac Oh yes! It feels like ages ago when I read this, but it was so good! Also- great pic! 3mo
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kellyann28 @DanaManiac I'm also a little late on this one 😂 and thank you! 3mo
Johanna414 I still need to send your book back to you! Tomorrow! 3mo
kellyann28 @Johanna414 no worries! I know you're good for it 😂 3mo
TheBookKeepers I‘m so glad you enjoyed this one! 3mo
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Johanna414
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Lisa See is such an amazing storyteller- I really need to read more of her books!! Thanks for such a great pick, @TheBookKeepers
I will get it in the mail this week! @kellyann28 @DanaManiac #lmpbc

kellyann28 💜💜 4mo
TheBookKeepers Yay! Yes I want to read more of her too! 4mo
Johanna414 @kellyann28 I forgot to let you know when I sent this again… you should have it Thursday or Friday 4mo
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Johanna414
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Fewer than 40 pages left, and Nina wakes up with an upset stomach... I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS!!!

JacqMac Oh no! I hope she‘s ok. And you get to finish. 4mo
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Johanna414
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The beginning of the school year is always exhausting so I'm getting through this slower than I would like, but I am loving it!

Daisey I completely get the back to school feeling. I‘ve only finished 2 print books this month, and one was a picture book. 4mo
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Johanna414
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So much cleaning I should accomplish this weekend, so many distractions...

BiblioLitten Story of my life! 😅 4mo
Ericalambbrown This is such a wonderful book! 4mo
Krystle13 I enjoyed this book! Football! Looks like my house. LOL 4mo
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Johanna414
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I'm starting this today while the kids nap... I'm like 40 pages in and its already intense! #lmpbc @TheBookKeepers @DanaManiac @kellyann28

TheBookKeepers There‘s a scene with twins early on that‘s hard to read, but it is pivotal to the plot. This one has stayed with me 🖤🖤 4mo
Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers that's the scene I just read! 😯😯😯 4mo
TheBookKeepers 😂 yes! If you made it through that you‘re good lol! It will be referenced back to a lot but no more scenes of that sort! It‘s a cultural immersion for sure 4mo
kellyann28 I'm sooo excited for this one! I love cultural reads 4mo
katiekat311 I‘m intrigued. Added to the TBR. 4mo
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DanaManiac
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This was a great book! I did have a hard time reading without judgment at times, but I learned so much and was absolutely fascinated! Is on its way to you @Johanna414 ☺️ #lmpbc @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers

PhyllisH One of my favorites 😄. 5mo
Johanna414 Looking forward to this one! 5mo
Johanna414 Got this in the mail today- thanks!! 5mo
DanaManiac @Johanna414 Happy reading!! 📖 5mo
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Lizwarnerpdx
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I found this book fascinating. Entire lives change in a remote mountain village of tea growers when the first motorized vehicle arrives at their gate - and fairly recently…in the 1990‘s. China‘s policies, China‘s ethnic minorities, especially the Ahka, Chinese adoption by American families, the fall & rise of tea, especially pu‘er. My only complaint is it ended too soon & too abruptly.

PhyllisH I loved that book😊. After reading the book I ordered a sample of the pu‘er tea from Harney and Sons. I was curious ☕️🫖. 5mo
Lizwarnerpdx Cool! 5mo
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KristenDuck
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Li-yan lives in a remote village with her family and is one of the few girls who is educated on the mountain. The story follows her as she slowly begins to find her own way in this life.

With time she has a baby, but because she is not married, she is forced to hand her daughter over to an orphanage.

Li-yan successfully leads her own business while her daughter is raised by loving adoptive parents. Will these two ever be able to cross paths?

Geemom1118 I just picked this one up last weekend. Sounds really good. 5mo
KristenDuck @Geemom1118 can‘t wait to see what you think of it! 5mo
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DanaManiac
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This arrived today and I can‘t wait to crack it open!! @TheBookKeepers #lmpbc

TheBookKeepers Yay I hope you love it!! I was very much enthralled! 6mo
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TheBookKeepers
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Absolutely loved this one!! The research behind it is mind blowing, definitely read the author‘s acknowledgments and the bonus interview in the back.

A trip to China, a glimpse into a remote culture, and an immersive tea education. I‘m planning to buy a tea sampling kit through a site the author recommends in the back!

#lmpbc @kellyann28 @DanaManiac @Johanna414

TrishB I‘ve been to a tea feasting ceremony in China. It was amazing 😁 6mo
DivineDiana I attended a Lisa See event at a local bookstore when this was released. Watched an online interview with her last night. She is remarkable, and said the research is her favorite part. 6mo
kellyann28 I'm not a tea drinker but maybe I will be after this book 😂 6mo
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Johanna414 I can‘t wait for this one! And I‘m already a tea drinker, so I imagine I‘ll be drinking a lot of it while I read this 🤣 6mo
TheBookKeepers @TrishB that is so cool!!! 6mo
TheBookKeepers @DivineDiana you can tell it‘s very well researched! I absolutely loved it, and that even sounds amazing! I‘m adding her to my list of authors to meet and will be reading her other books as well 6mo
TheBookKeepers @Johanna414 I had my chai next to me basically the whole time!! I hope you love it! 6mo
TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 😂 i think you‘ll love the history and detail around the tea culture!! 6mo
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TheBookKeepers
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Hey friends! These are the 3 books I‘m considering as my pick for the next round of #lmpbc. Have you read any of them? Or any you feel excited to read more than the others? Let me know your thoughts and I‘ll make a final selection soon 😃

@DanaManiac @kellyann28 @Johanna414

Schnoebs I really enjoyed dragon teeth but if you don‘t really enjoy dinosaurs or a bit of a western feel, I would t suggest it. I gave it 5 stars but I definitely know it‘s not for everyone lol 7mo
kellyann28 I'd love to read the Lisa See book! A Phoenix First Must Burn sounds good too! 7mo
Johanna414 My vote would also be for the Lisa See book, but I'm open to the other two as well! 7mo
DanaManiac My picks would be either The Tea Girl off Hummingbird Lane or A Phoenix Must First Burn! Both sound great! 7mo
TheBookKeepers I‘ll go with the tea girl of hummingbird lane! @Johanna414 @DanaManiac @kellyann28 7mo
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bookaholic1
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#53
Love, love, love this terrific book

marleed I own a copy but it still on my TBR. I consider Lisa See to be a teacher as well as an author! 8mo
bookaholic1 @marleed I can see why... 7mo
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Krystle13
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What A Book! 😲🥰
The information I have gained from this book is spectacular. Definitely opening my Reading Genres up! Loved it.

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Krystle13
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Alittle behind, but here it is.😘🤗

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bookishbitch
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I have so many great stories on my shelves just waiting to be read. #tbrpile

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Helen19
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Thank you so much Kay @kaysworld1 - I really can‘t wait to read this. Some chocolates were eaten in the making of this photo. #bookcupidswap
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candority Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💘💘💘 11mo
Helen19 @candority And to you! Thank you for organising the swap! ❤️ 11mo
candority @Helen19 It has been my pleasure! 💕 11mo
kaysworld1 I'm glad you liked it because I didn't see it I sent it straight from Amazon it was easier 🥰 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY 11mo
Helen19 @kaysworld1 it‘s perfect!! 11mo
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Andrew65
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Finished my first book for #FabulousFebruary Readathon.

This was a very enjoyable read about what happened to a baby given away due to the one baby rule. Very well written and engaging. Took me to China for #ReadingAsia2021

Librarybelle Great choice! 11mo
Crazeedi I liked this one too! Rock on Andrew! 11mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Great, now to think of my next country 😊 11mo
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Cosmos_Moon
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1. Changing schedules... kids starting school 80 minutes earlier.
2. Being with my mom this week.

#ThankfulThursday

Blackink_WhitePaper Thanks for the tag💐😀 tagged book is a great choice.👍 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Jennifer3 ♥️ 12mo
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batsy Thank you for the tag! 12mo
Eggs Thanks for tag🧡! 12mo
Catsandbooks Enjoy time with your mom! Thanks for the tag! 💖 12mo
Cosmos_Moon @Catsandbooks thank you! Just a few more days before she goes home. Nothing like spending time with mom. 12mo
Cosmos_Moon @Blackink_WhitePaper it was such a good book! 12mo
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Cortg
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This was a really quick and engaging read for me. I enjoyed reading about the Akha people and the tea culture in China as well as the characters and plots surrounding the story 😍

Soubhiville I love Lisa See! Have you read The Island of Sea Women? 1y
Cortg @Soubhiville I did! I read it last month and liked it better than this one. Island of the Sea Woman was our One Maryland One Book this year and The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is for book club. 1y
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Cortg
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Can‘t escape the pandemic reminders.

wanderinglynn Is that a quote from the tagged book? 1y
Cortg @wanderinglynn It is! I should‘ve put quotation marks around it. 1y
Hooked_on_books Interesting quote, though wildly inaccurate. It is funny how you see reminders everywhere, eh? 1y
Cortg @Hooked_on_books Yes, I realize it‘s inaccurate and it‘s from a fiction book, I just thought it hit the nail on the head. My husband brought Covid back from a business trip and one of the kids picked it up from him and I read the passage during quarantine. 1y
Hooked_on_books So especially timely for you! I definitely think whatever one‘s situation, there are things we pick up because of that which we otherwise wouldn‘t notice. Just like we‘d be seeing the war references if we were at war. Or after you lose a loved one you notice more things that you associated with them. It‘s like the situation “priming the pump,” or some such thing. Hopefully everyone at your home is on the mend. 1y
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Birdsong28
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KVanRead This sounds so good! Thanks for playing 😊 1y
youneverarrived Thanks for the tag! I‘ll have a think 🤔 1y
esurient No, I wouldn't. 1y
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Reynosa8701
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Omg this book is so emotional!

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Cortg
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My next four book club books! Yay!

Librarianaut Warcross was awesome! 1y
Cinfhen Yay for bookclub!! I love to see what others are reading 😍 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess All good books! 1y
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Prairiegirl_reading
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Ok 7% in and I‘m bawling. No one warned me and I can‘t!! 😭😭😭

katy4peas Oh gosh! That means I will too! 😭 thanks for the warning! 😉❤️❤️ 1y
Prairiegirl_reading @katy4peas I honestly don‘t even know how it turns out because I just went running to shut it off because I didn‘t want to hear what happens. I am still upset. 1y
katy4peas Oh, I‘m sorry! 😮 sending you hugs! Find a happy book! 📚 1y
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Prairiegirl_reading @katy4peas thanks! I started The Switch and went for a walk and I laughed out loud while walking down the street! That helped even if people think I‘m nuts! 1y
katy4peas 😁🥳🥳 1y
GinaKButler Oh no...the opening scene is brutal. But, this was one of my favorite books last year. 😬 1y
Prairiegirl_reading @GinaKButler I may go back since it‘s a book club book but I‘m not even sure I can! 1y
Prairiegirl_reading @GinaKButler which I suppose is a credit to the author. 1y
GinaKButler @Prairiegirl_reading Your post is so timely...I recently recommended this to someone who likes historical fiction but needed a break from WWII. She stopped me and said I should have warned her...😬 I totally forgot how hard the beginning of that book was. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading @GinaKButler I work with people with disabilities and just the term human reject was a gut punch and then it gets so much worse. I was bawling and I‘m getting teary eyed right now. But my mom just read it and said she liked it, no warning about the beginning. 😭 obviously there is a lot more to the story. 1y
GinaKButler @Prairiegirl_reading It‘s an excellent book, but definitely take care of your heart! 😘 1y
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TheSpineView
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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚😊 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need loads of tea!!! 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#AugustAuthors Day 9: The only #LisaSee novel that I have read.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh is that the same one in translation? So cool! 1y
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CassieT
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I love Lisa See‘s novels because I learn so much. They feel thoroughly but lovingly researched, and reverently presented. I liked The Island of Sea Women better, but this one was really good too. I wish I knew a little more about the daughter, but I understand that would‘ve made the book intolerably long. This is more the story of a mother trying to find her daughter, and it‘s poignantly written as such. I recommend this book.

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vlwelser
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This author is definitely one of my favorites. That being said, her books take a bit to get into. I loved this. It's stunning and beautiful. She takes the history of an ethnic minority, tea growers, in the mountains of China and turns it into an incredibly interesting, compelling story.

#BookSpinBingo square 4

I just realized that I'm way behind on posting. So if you get annoyed with me, I apologize in advance.

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Cosmos_Moon
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Quotsy 7/1 - Halfway. Pretty sure this quote not in the tagged book, but great book set in China, halfway around the world from me.

#QUOTSYJULY20
@TK-421

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Kboltz
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Story of the tea making generations of the “hill” tribes in China. First part of the book is hard to read with the beliefs they have but once the main character takes over the story begins and her life from village to America is historically wonderful. Nothing is held back about the one child policy or of how China views its citizen groups. You learn a lot about the history of tea, in a good way!

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Cosmos_Moon
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☕️ Trader Joe‘s Columbia Supremo (it also has a beautiful canister)
🎼 my usual Pandora stations of Regina Spector, July Talk & classical music
📖 “A weak man always seeks to hurt those lower than he.” I love this book! The story really touched me and made me want to drink a lot of tea.

@MoonWitch94 #ThoughtfulThursday

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Birdsong28
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Very good. Interesting characters and concept. A real page turner and a atmospheric book. Shows how different cultures operate and what we can learn from them. Also shows how family is important and the way they guide us.

#lockdownlist
#Scribner
#SimonandSchuster

TheBookHippie I read this as an ARC and just loved it. Really interesting. 2y
BarbaraBB Sounds good! 2y
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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This is a compelling story of a mother n her abandoned daughter, & how they tried to find each other. Book explains about the ethnic minorities of China, their beliefs n customs. I frequently made tea while listening to this as there is fine description of tea making.Narration was good.

I felt the title is less appropriate as it hardly describes hummingbird lane n story is less about the girl but more about her mother. 3⭐️

#bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
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NovelNancy
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This should have been a throwaway line except I was reading this book during the COVID19 pandemic: “Every pandemic in the history of the world has come from China“ 353.

Kboltz That caught my eye too....cleanliness... 2y
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NovelNancy
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Mehso-so

This book is about love and loss - mostly between mothers and daughters - always a complex relationship. Great character development and the story reflects an incredible amount of research the author did to accurately portray characters, customs and events. Anyone interested in Chinese tradition, tea or adoption stories might enjoy this book.

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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I am glad that it‘s My #bookspin choice of April. Halfway through the book, story is compelling.

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Ubookquitous
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Fascinating read about a girl from an ethnic minority in China and how she confronts the modernized world while still keeping her identity and how the daughter she gave up who was raised in America comes to learn of her own heritage.

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Bookwormjillk
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Great book. Heartbreaking and hopeful all at once with a wonderful ending.

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TorieStorieS
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Wow!! I wanted to read this book so much that I bought it twice-in hardcover & audio! I listened to the audio version so that my mom could read the print version in time for our real life book club meeting Sunday (#BetterThanTheSuperBowl)- and though this definitely made me cry, I loved every minute! Excellent performance, lifelike characters and fascinating setting and subject- this is my first experience with See but not my last! #AudioColoring

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Bookwormjillk
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I‘m loving this audiobook. Anyone have any laundry they need me to fold? I need an excuse to keep listening!

Cinfhen Yes, 4 loads worth!!! Please and thank you 😊 2y
Readswithcoffee This is a great book. 2y
Kenziejo I can't wait to read this. Lisa See is a favorite of mine. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙋🏼‍♀️ 2y
BookNAround You need laundry? I‘ve got laundry! When can you get here? 😂😂😂 2y
Bookwormjillk @Cinfhen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BookNAround I have about 10 hours left. That‘s a lot of laundry time! Off course a day off work would have to come with it 😁 @Readswithcoffee @Kenziejo Lisa See is so good. This book is heartbreaking but really really good so far. 2y
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Another fantastic book by Lisa See! I truly enjoyed every minute reading this novel. I am so glad to have "discovered" this author.

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GinaKButler
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This month‘s book club pick. 🎧

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Very excited to start my 3rd Lisa See novel. I'm quite quickly becoming a massive fan 🤩

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Ericalambbrown
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This is an extraordinary book. It‘s beautiful. And heart breaking. And full of hope. And anger. And love. I‘m not gonna lie - I ugly cried more than once reading this gorgeous book. It does a remarkable job of navigating highly emotional grey areas surrounding some tough themes: loss of culture due to change, the influence of superstition on the lives of ethnic minorities, and the consequences of international adoption just to name a few.

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 2y
TheShaggyShepherd The cover is stunning and the book itself sounds beautiful. 2y
Ericalambbrown @IvoryLunatic It may be the best fiction book I‘ve read this year. I had never heard of it and then I joined our little Friends of the Library group for our tiny county library this month. This was the book to read for next month‘s meeting. It was amazing! ♥️ 2y
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violabrain I loved this book! 2y
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MelKelsey
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Another favorite! The characters are well-developed and dynamic. The story is beautiful and filled with so much culture, history, and info about tea. The ending was perfect. I love the title, but I find it to be misleading, as the book is really about the mother of the tea girl. Unfortunately, the daughter's chapters lacked depth and development, as they were almost entirely told through odd writings such as medical reports, assignments, etc.

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kzwoz
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This was an absolutely incredible book and I loved every second of it! The story was captivating, filled with history and culture. Probably my favorite read so far this year. I would really love this for a book club pick, as there is so much to discuss!!

Definitely highly recommend this wonderful novel!