Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: THE WHITE PEARL by Kate Furnivall


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Pub. Date: March 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Format: Paperback , 496pp
ISBN-13: 9780425241004
ISBN: 0425241009

Description (from the publisher):
National bestselling author of The Russian Concubine, Kate Furnivall spins a tale of war, desperation, and the discovery of love off the coast of Malaya.

Malaya, 1941. Connie Thornton plays her role as a dutiful wife and mother without complaint. She is among the fortunate after all-the British rubber plantation owners reaping the benefits of the colonial life. But Connie feels as though she is oppressed, crippled by boredom, sweltering heat, a loveless marriage. . .

Then, in December, the Japanese invade. Connie and her family flee, sailing south on their yacht toward Singapore, where the British are certain to stand firm against the Japanese. En route, in the company of friends, they learn that Singapore is already under siege. Tensions mount, tempers flare, and the yacht's inhabitants are driven by fear.

Increasingly desperate and short of food, they are taken over by a pirate craft and its Malayan crew making their perilous way from island to island. When a fighter plane crashes into the sea, they rescue its Japanese pilot. For Connie, that's when everything changes. In the suffocating confines of the boat with her life upended, Connie discovers a new kind of freedom and a new, dangerous, exhilarating love.

About the author (from the publisher):
Kate Furnivall was born in Wales and currently lives in Devon, England. Married and the mother of two sons, she has working in publishing and television advertising. She drew inspiration for The Russian Concubine from her mother’s experiences as a White Russian refugee in China.

 

9 comments:

Charlotte said...

This sounds like a good one! (Have you ever read A Town Like Alice, by Nevile Shute? Excellent WW II, and it's aftermath, about a young British girl who's a prisoner of war in Malaysia).

bermudaonion said...

Ooh, that sounds like my kind of book.

Lindsay Cummings author said...

love the cover for the red scarf!
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Megan said...

This sounds like it would be right up my alley! I'll be waiting for it, too!

Diana (Book of Secrets) said...

Great pick! I haven't read much fiction set in that time period.
★Diana★

Mystica said...

This sounds a good read. Thank you also for the information of her other books. The author is new to me so I'd like to seek at least one of her books.

Zibilee said...

Oh, see, now I can't wait to read this one too! It sounds excellent. Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

I have been counting down the days for this release, it looks sooo good!

Audra said...

Oooh, good one -- Furnivall has long been on my TBR!