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Peach Blossom Spring
Peach Blossom Spring: A Novel | Melissa Fu
A moving debut novel about war, migration, and the power of telling stories, Peach Blossom Spring follows three generations of a Chinese family on their search for a place to call home. With every misfortune there is a blessing and within every blessing, the seeds of misfortune, and so it goes, until the end of time. It is 1938 in China and, as a young wife, Meilins future is bright. But with the Japanese army approaching, Meilin and her four year old son, Renshu, are forced to flee their home. Relying on little but their wits and a beautifully illustrated hand scroll, filled with ancient fables that offer solace and wisdom, they must travel through a ravaged country, seeking refuge. Years later, Renshu has settled in America as Henry Dao. Though his daughter is desperate to understand her heritage, he refuses to talk about his childhood. How can he keep his family safe in this new land when the weight of his history threatens to drag them down? Yet how can Lily learn who she is if she can never know her familys story? Spanning continents and generations, Peach Blossom Spring is a bold and moving look at the history of modern China, told through the story of one family. Its about the power of our past, the hope for a better future, and the haunting question: What would it mean to finally be home?
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KristiAhlers
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The weather here today is stupid. Like thunderstorms and wind blowing fences down stupid. So I‘m going to curl up with this book now.

AmyG I really liked this book. Enjoy. (edited) 14h
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AmyK1
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“Within every misfortune there is a blessing, and within every blessing, the seeds of misfortune. And so it goes, until the end of time.”

This is the story of how war affects generations of families, even long after it has ended.

This is my May #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3d
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mdm139
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If you like Lisa See, you will like this book. This was really good for a debut. The book follows three generations of a Chinese family and how the trauma of war can affect the generations to come.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this too! 4w
Aims42 Loved this book!! 🌸🍑🌸 4w
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Cathythoughts
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A wonderful book that I couldn‘t put down. Following the life of Renshu from 1938 in China to the present day. I loved the significance of the title in the book, and the stories and wisdom. Peach Blossom Spring is moving and a great read, and a few tears at the end ♥️

rockpools Gorgeous! 1mo
squirrelbrain Lovely review - stacked! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nice review, pretty cover too! 1mo
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Tamra I will check it out! 😁 1mo
BookBosomed1 Been wondering about this one - adding it to the stack 1mo
jlhammar Planning to read this one next month. Can't wait! 1mo
LeahBergen Another lovely photo! 🌸 1mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I really enjoyed this one. It‘s not a five star read , but there‘s something about it .. I‘ll remember it. 1mo
Cathythoughts @BookBosomed1 @jlhammer looking forward to your thoughts whenever ye may get there 👍🏻😁 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah 😘 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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“Today is the Lunar New Year, I wonder what you are doing. Are you making radish cakes for the Huangs ? Sharing a fish and gossiping with Auntie Chin?
Do you remember when we lit lanterns and made wishes in the streets of Shanghai…”

It‘s the ‘ do you remember‘ that is breaking my heart.
This is such a powerful book in a gentle and unassuming way. ♥️

LeahBergen Beautiful! 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen It‘s a lovely read ❤️ 1mo
marleed Your photo is gorgeous. This is on my TBR! 1mo
Cathythoughts @marleed Thanks Marlee ! I look forward to your thoughts whenever you get to it 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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j9brown
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In a bit of a slump this month but I finished my #bookspin
This was really good, a story about three generations starting in China during WWII and after (I didn't know very much about what went on there, heartbreaking) then in America. The first half was really excellent. The second half did drag a little. Overall a pick!

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Cathythoughts
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To know a story is to stroke the silken surfaces of loss, to feel the weight of beauty in his hands.
To know a story is to carry it always, etched in his bones, even if dormant for decades.
Tell us , they insist.
To tell a story , he realises, is to plant a seed and let it grow.

tpixie Lovely 1mo
squirrelbrain 💕🌸 1mo
LeahBergen Beautiful! 💞 1mo
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CarolynM Beautiful 💖 1mo
Nute I love this type of writing. I plan to read this first after Poetry Month is over. 4w
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TrishB
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I really enjoyed this historical novel, from China in the 1930s to present day US. Learned a lot about that period too. A really good read.
#setinchina #booked2022

Cinfhen Yay!! 2mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous cover 😍 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen the cover is lovely and the reveal about the title ♥️ 2mo
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Cathythoughts Oh good ! I just read this post and now have ordered it ….. and Flamingo too .. early morning book shopping 🛒😁 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I almost grabbed this one from #botm. But then I restrained myself. Still, I‘m sure I‘ll read or listen based on reviews like yours. 2mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts love that early morning shopping! 2mo
TrishB @BarbaraTheBibliophage hope you enjoy when you get to it👍🏻 2mo
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TrishB
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#quicklunchtimeread
Loving this book so far.

LeahBergen Sammy time! 🥪 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh good ! I see I have it stacked already 😁 2mo
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Aims42
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This month was such a hard pick for me, I just finished ‘Tobacco Wives‘ and it was so riveting!!! But, I still think about ‘Peach Blossom Spring‘ and all the characters so that‘s my March pick for my #ReadingBracket2022

Thank you for the template flip @chasjjlee ☺️

AmyG I really enjoyed this book. 2mo
Aims42 @AmyG I went in not sure what to expect and I was blown away ☺️ Glad you enjoyed it too!! 2mo
WJCintron I just added it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing!! 😃 2mo
Aims42 @WJCintron You‘re welcome!! I hope you enjoy it 😍 2mo
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TrishB
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Sansa‘s such a good Doggo 🐶 this is my Mother‘s Day present from her ♥️
Happy Mother‘s Day to all who may have it today, because I‘m never sure when it is everywhere in the world ❤️❤️

Cinfhen What a sweet boy 🐾♥️ Happy Mother‘s Day 2mo
julesG Happy Mother's Day! 💕 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen thank you 😘 2mo
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TrishB @julesG thank you 😘 I checked I know it‘s not yours today! 2mo
rockpools Sansa has great taste in book covers! 🌸 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice one Sansa ! ❤️ 2mo
AmyG Happy Mother‘s Day! This is a wonderful booj. Enjoy! 2mo
MaureenMc Happy Mother‘s Day to you! Good job, Sansa! 2mo
TrishB @rockpools @Cathythoughts @AmyG @MaureenMc thank you friends ❤️ Sansa is a clever doggo 🐶 2mo
EvieBee Sansa is the best! 🤣 2mo
Nute Happy Mother‘s Day, Trish! The book cover even delivers flowers for the occasion.🌸💕🌸 2mo
mrp27 Happy Mother‘s Day! 💐 2mo
TrishB @EvieBee she definitely is 😁 2mo
TrishB @Nute thank you 😘 yes, it does 💐 2mo
TrishB @mrp27 thank you 😘 2mo
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Aims42
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This book was exquisite and perfect!
🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑
Told over multiple generations of the same family and their struggles during China‘s turbulent 20th century. Words cannot do it justice, a five star read 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

TrishB This sounds fab 👍🏻 2mo
Aims42 @TrishB It was so engrossing! I think I held my breath a few times and I definitely put my hand over the upcoming sentences I hadn‘t reached yet while I was reading so I wouldn‘t spoil anything 😆 I love historical fiction from eras I didn‘t learn much about in school. 2mo
janeycanuck Ooh, this sounds like it could scratch my Pachinko itch. 2mo
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Aims42 @janeycanuck I haven‘t yet read “Pachinko”, but after reading the summary on the book on here, I think it would 👍 Also, “Pachinko” sounds like I need to move it to my TBR list 2mo
janeycanuck It‘s definitely similar in that it is multigenerational and is about a family‘s struggle but the family is Korean and lives in Japan. It‘s beautiful writing, as well. 2mo
Aims42 @janeycanuck oooh, I‘m sold! 2mo
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Mpcacher
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This is another example of the best of historical fiction, where I learn as I am entertained. This is the author's first novel and I will watch for more from her. The war years in China, the life in post war Taiwan and the immigrant experience in the USA are covered. The story is about family, fear and sacrifice. I really enjoyed it and gave it 4/5 stars.

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AvidlyAlexis
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Just got my February box! I rejoined and had to pick some extra to make up for the lost time. 😁

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mklong
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Okay Group Q, what do y‘all think of this stack? I have tagged all the books in the comments and have plenty more if none of these appeal.

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magyklyXdelish I haven‘t read any of these so I‘m okay with any! Fiona and Jane and These Violent Delights sound the best to me but like I said I‘m good with any :) 3mo
cwarnier I have not read any of these either. I am game for any. 3mo
Shadowfat I own Magnolia Palace and Peach Blossom Spring. Either of the other 2 are fine. 3mo
Avanders Hi just wanted you to know I received the next #LMPBC #round13 #groupw book - thank you! 😘 3mo
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AmyG
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The story of Meilin and her son, Renshu (Henry)….as they flee China during WWII and live in Taiwan. Renshu is able to get his masters in the US and begin his life there. A story about how one comes to terms with their past in order to live in the present, to be able to envision a future.

While not a perfect book, I loved the characters and the story.

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Branwen
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I'm hoping to start this if not today, then definitely this weekend! I found the perfect bookmark to go with it! 😃🌸

AmyG What a beautiful pairing. I will finish this book today and am enjoying it so much. Hope you do, too. 3mo
Branwen @AmyG I'm so glad you're enjoying it! ❤ How was the ending? 3mo
AmyG You will like the ending. 3mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Woohoo #botm arrived! To go on the shelf with all the other books of the month it takes me forever to read. 🤷‍♀️

marleed Haha. My challenge this year is to see how close I can get to flattening my botm tbr. I‘ve done great so far but shiny new releases are beginning to overtake this challenge. I‘ve read enough of my botm backlog to justify altering my challenge to read at least one greater the amount of books in that stack than I add to it each month! We‘ll see how long I stick with my adjusted challenge! 3mo
bookandbedandtea @marleed Yay for you for making progress! I'm going to have to get intentional about those books soon. 3mo
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Brewychock48
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Waiting on my BOTM books....Can't wait...Fabulous February reading😊

Aims42 Those were my picks as well 🙌 I can‘t decide which one I want to read more lol 3mo
Brewychock48 @Aims42 🙌 I know. They both sound so good. I love the covers too😊 3mo
Brewychock48 @Aims42 I got my books today. I might start Peach Blossom Spring first..the cover is beautiful.....but The Christie Affair sounds so intriguing 🤔...what is a girl to choose🙃 3mo
Aims42 @Brewychock48 Hahaha, you are preaching to the choir!!! 🤣 I don‘t think you can make a wrong choice though 🥳 They both sound like winners!! 3mo
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AmyG
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I am really enjoying this one. Meilin and her son Renshu try to remain safe during the Japanese attacks on China during WW II. For now….

EvieBee I'm glad you're enjoying this one! I picked it for my BOTM selection. 3mo
AmyG @EvieBee I am flying through it. Just wonderful. 3mo
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Aims42
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#botm Bluebox Day 💙🙌💙 This bookmark/quitter strip sums me up perfectly 😇

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kimmypete1
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This was my BOTM pick this month. It‘s way out of my comfort zone, but I‘m trying to broaden my horizons so I picked it. Got it yesterday and it‘s over 400 pages with small print! It now seems very daunting so I‘m breaking it up into two chapters a day until I‘m finished. Hope it helps me get through it. 🤞🏻

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Branwen
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HUZZAH! 🎉🎉🎉 My Book of the Month box arrived today! 🎉🎉 WHOO HOO! Best day of the month! 🎉🎉

It was scheduled to arrive on Monday, so I am THRILLED that it came early! I'm not sure which one I'm going to read first...but it's probably going to be the tagged book, since I'm most excited for that one! 💕📚💕 #botm

vivastory Nice! I hope to get my box early next week 3mo
Branwen @vivastory YES! I hope it arrives Monday! 👍 3mo
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jlhammar
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February #BOTM has arrived! Can‘t remember the last time I kept myself to only one book in my blue box. Hope it‘s a good one!

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Amie
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Had to brave the wintry weather to walk to my mailbox, then had to de-ice the mailbox to get it open so that I could get my #botm box! 🥶❄️

vivastory Completely worth it! 4mo
Megabooks 💯 good idea!! 4mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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A cultural debut of a Chinese mother and son displaced and trying to persevere through conflict. Beginning in World War 2 with the Japanese invasion, the pair flee to Taiwan and later America but not before experiencing trauma and war along the way. Decades later, their descendants try to piece their family history through stories and folklore which will preserve their heritage and culture in this stunning debut.

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LoverOfLearning
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Both look like EXCELLENT reads!!

I'm discovering that I really enjoy multi-generational reads. So Peach Blossom Spring will likely be a 5 star rating from me

And of course Will!! Another 5 star prediction.

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Rachel.Rencher
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Super excited for February's box! 😍

TracyReadsBooks China Room is a great book. Enjoy! 4mo
LoverOfLearning Looks like a good box! I also picked Peach Blossm Spring! 4mo
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Mccall0113
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#BOTM 🥰

LoverOfLearning I picked this too! I have a feeling I will rate it 5 stars. I love cross generational stories. 4mo
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AmyK1
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My #botm choices for February. I‘m especially excited about the 2 add ons 😁

LoverOfLearning I picked Peach Blossom Spring too! I have a feeling ill rate it 5 stars. 4mo
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Aims42
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Having the #botm picks go live today made my Monday a millions times better 🙌 Excited for the tagged book and I love all things Agatha Christie and can‘t read to read The Christie Affair 🍾🥂

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Branwen
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HAPPY MONDAY, LITTENS! 💕📚💕 And to start the week off right - the Book of the Month picks are up! 🎉🎉🎉 Here is what I am getting! I was already eyeing up A River Enchanted so I was really happy that was one if the choices! I'm super excited about all of them though! I was especially happy to see the new Sepetys on there as a YA add on! What is everyone excited for??? #botm

vivastory I also selected River Enchanted. I'm very intrigued by it! I couldn't resist Death on the Nile as an add-on. The adaptation is one of my most anticipated of the year. 4mo
Branwen Oh that's right! I totally forgot about the upcoming film - I was wondering why BOTM had it in their roster! 🤣😂 So cool! When does it come out? Agatha Christie rocks! 4mo
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