Bamboo-Scented Love: A year in China

Bamboo-Scented Love: A year in ChinaBamboo-Scented Love: A year in China by Vered Kaminsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love is the power of life...

Bamboo-Scented Love: A year in China by Vered Kaminsky is a narrative about women ‘who make sacrifices for their partners' careers, people who live on the other side of the world, crises, longing, and happiness.’ At its core, it’s a story about unattainable love. Skillfully constructed and set against the backdrop of the city of Qingdao, China in the late 90s, this wonderfully written story will have you turning the pages from beginning to end. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘The story takes place in 1998 in China, which recently opened to the West. It interweaves markets, rituals, cultures, superstitions, and historic sites, before reaching its inevitable dramatic ending. When Mira’s husband is sent to work in China for two years, Mira relocates there, with him and her two young children. For Mira, this is meant to be a two-year timeout from her work and studies, a time she has been anticipating eagerly yet apprehensively. As the plot becomes increasingly more complicated, Mira finds herself at odds with her own self, with those around her and with her love for a stranger…’

The story had every element a good story should have. A solid plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel you are right there in the story, and that’s something I look for in a good book.

Thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommended it. A well-deserved five stars from me.

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