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The Concubine's Secret

The Concubine s Secret China For years Lydia Ivanova believed her father was killed by the Bolsheviks But when she learns he is captive in Stalin controlled Russia the fiery haired girl is willing to leave everything

  • Title: The Concubine's Secret
  • Author: Kate Furnivall
  • ISBN: 9780751540451
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • China, 1929 For years Lydia Ivanova believed her father was killed by the Bolsheviks But when she learns he is captive in Stalin controlled Russia, the fiery haired girl is willing to leave everything behind even her Chinese lover, Chang An Lo.Journeying with her half brother Alexei, Lydia begins a dangerous search Tension grows between the two, for while Alexei is seChina, 1929 For years Lydia Ivanova believed her father was killed by the Bolsheviks But when she learns he is captive in Stalin controlled Russia, the fiery haired girl is willing to leave everything behind even her Chinese lover, Chang An Lo.Journeying with her half brother Alexei, Lydia begins a dangerous search Tension grows between the two, for while Alexei is searching for his past, Lydia is looking for her future But when Alexei disappears, Lydia is left almost penniless in Soviet Russia and doubting the choices she has made Surrounded by dangers, she searches for information and soon finds herself entangled with a Russian officer.But Chang An Lo has not forgotten Lydia He knows things about her father that she does not And while he races to protect her, she is prepared to risk treacherous consequences to discover the truth

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    1. Aviva on said:

      This is the sequel to The Russian Concubine and even if I didn't like Kate Furnivall I would have picked it up just to see how the story ended. Lydia Ivanova ends up going back to Russia to track down her father who is still alive and in a labor camp. Her half brother Alexei travels with her and she gets a protector in the guise of the big grizzly bear of a man from the first novel. It's a bit of a harrowing journey for Lydia for two reasons, 1) it's a pretty harrowing journey for anybody who's [...]

    2. Natalya on said:

      As most sequels are, not as good as the first book, but only because the introduction to the author already happened, her level of excellence in writing is expected. As far as sequels go, its one of the better ones, I would have rated it 3.5 stars, because the first book was a four, and I rate as threes those books which I do not normally recommend to friends. I enjoy the way Furnivall writes, weaving the magic, blending the cultures, all in natural ways that don't seem forced. She makes the mos [...]

    3. Valerie on said:

      ATTENTION EVERYONE THAT IS INTERESTED IN THIS BOOKKE SURE TO CHECK PAGES 248/249!!!!!I HAD A FAULTY BOOK, AND WHEN I CALLED B&N ALL OF THEIR COPIES WERE LIKE THAT!!!!So please make sure to check your copy BEFORE you buy it, or else you would end up disappointed and angry like me because you can't continue reading till the bookstore gets in a new shipment at the end of the week

    4. Marie80 on said:

      После долго време да прочитам нешто убаво!

    5. Esther Bradley-detally on said:

      Loved it; having lived in Russia and read about China extensively - I now have read all her Russian books and am on to others; loved them.

    6. Gabrielle on said:

      Review for The Girl From JunchowSynopsis:China, 1929. For years Lydia Ivanova believed her father was killed by the Bolsheviks. But when she learns he is imprisoned in Stalin-controlled Russia, the fiery girl is willing to leave everything behind—even her Chinese lover, Chang An Lo. With her half brother, Alexei, Lydia sets out on a dangerous journey. Tension grows between the two as Alexei’s search for his past threatens Lydia’s quest to find her father and forge a new future for herself. [...]

    7. Kaye on said:

      Once again Furnivall managed to captivate me with her story of Lydia Ivanova. This story picks up where The Russian Concubine left off as Lydia, her half brother Alexei and Lydia's Cossack friend Popkov board the train from Junchow to Russia in search of her father, Jens. Lydia has not seen her father since she was five years old but what memories she has of him are loving ones. To think that he is still in a labor camp in Siberia is heartbreaking to her. Being a stubborn willed seventeen year o [...]

    8. Toni Osborne on said:

      Also published under the title "The Concubine's Secret" This novel is a captivating and fascinating sequel to "The Russian Concubine", a tale of love and danger set in the late 1920's Junchow and Moscow. The story takes us on a journey, surrounding the intricacies of Lydia Ivanova's life, a life of drama graced with a touch of passion. Lydia believes her father, Jens Friis, is still alive but held captive in Stalin's Russia. Determined to find him she teams up with her brother Alexie and close f [...]

    9. Bethany on said:

      I think I enjoyed this book more than the previous novel, but of this series the prequel about Valentina and Jens is still my favourite. I disliked how Lydia kept ignoring Alexei and Chang An Lo's warnings about passing notes into the prison to her father, she knew it was dangerous but she didn't care. She continued to do it even after Liev Popkov was shot (but thankfully not killed). She was reckless and it's no wonder it didn't pay of as she wanted. I didn't like how a lot of the time in this [...]

    10. Ambrosia Sullivan on said:

      Written forFire & IceAgain we join up with Lydia and her rag tag group of her Brother Alexei and Leiv but this time they are going across Soviet Russia. Just when things look the darkest when her brother has seemed to go away and leave her behind. Chang An Lo shows up and things for them seem to pick up right where they left off.This is a wonderful book that brings to life the same pictures and ideals that you had painted for you in the last book. This time however instead of a bright flower [...]

    11. jessmaggie on said:

      Kate Furnivall's improvement in writing and storytelling is much more evident in this sequel to 'The Russian Concubine' than it's predecessor. I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in her elaborate descriptive narration, and falling in love with the characters that she creates. She manages to pull so much beauty and love out of such a dismal place and time (1929 Soviet Russia) in the form of her characters. I absolutely love Lydia - she is a heroine we can all look up to, as well as Chang, Lydia's [...]

    12. Lena Vera on said:

      I love the way Kate writes. She has a great way to capture the readers with such details. I can close my eyes n visualize exactly what she's describing. I love Lydia Ivanova.

    13. Joyce on said:

      The novel was the sequel to The Russian Concubine and the 3rd in a series. In the Russian Concubine, Lydia finds out that her father. whom she had believed dead for many years. is still alive in a Russian labor camp. In the Girl from Junchow, the setting moves back to Russia and is set in 1929. Lydia leaves China to return to Russia to find her father. She is accompanied by her Russian friend, Liev Poplov, and half-brother Alexei. Her Chinese lover, Chang, has remained in China to fight for Comm [...]

    14. Betty on said:

      I was so glad there was a sequel to The Russian Concubine! This was another wonderful book that I didn't want to end. I was drawn right back into the story of Lydia and Chang. Exciting plot twists, but told in the same fashion as the first book, which is why I loved reading it so much. After reading "The Russian Concubine" and this book, I wanted to find all of the authors books and read them all. Fantastic storytelling!

    15. Carol on said:

      I truly enjoyed this sequel to The Russian Concubine--especially the last half of the book. I will be reading the prequel next.

    16. Peter Jowers on said:

      I enjoyed reading the trilogy beginning with the Jewel of St Petersburg, The Russian Concubine and this one. Potential for a fourth❓

    17. Melody on said:

      The Concubine's Secret) is the sequel to The Russian Concubine. Our heroine, Lydia has since moved on with her life, leaving China and her Chinese lover, Chang An Lo, to search for her father back in her country land, Russia. She is still somewhat in shock to learn that her father had survived from the Bolshevik army so many years ago and is now captive in a prison camp. Together with her half-brother Alexei, they began their search for their father. Lydia couldn't bear the thought of leavin [...]

    18. Erin on said:

      The reason we read historical fiction is not for the history. It’s for the fiction. We fall in love with a character, and whether she lives in Mongolia or Austin, ancient Rome or modern India, we want to know what it’s like to be her, to know her, and to fall in love, just as she does.Luckily, historical fiction fans, we have Kate Furnivall. Because Ms. Furnivall’s writing is not just about the less-travelled destinations, the war-torn settings, the criminal underbellies of foreign cities: [...]

    19. Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship on said:

      The Girl from Junchow is a rare novel: a second book that is actually better than the first. I enjoyed the first book, The Russian Concubine, but considered Furnivall's next novel a bit of a train wreck, so I came to this one with mixed feelings and, as it turns out, was pleasantly surprised. This book continues the adventures of Lydia, a teenage Russian refugee brought up in 1920's China, as she returns to Russia in search of her imprisoned father, accompanied by her half-brother Alexei and fri [...]

    20. Melanie Cusick-Jones on said:

      A strong sequel to The Russian Concubine, which I loved when I read it a few years ago. Good points: Lydia and Chang are two of the strongest and most independent characters I've come across who are well-drawn and have 'real' motivations for their behaviour and actions (cultural, romantic, situational). They're also one of my favourite book couples - wildly independent, but so much two-halves of the same creature whether they're apart or not. The narrative has quite a lot of action, centring on [...]

    21. Jilly on said:

      I think I gave the first one, The Russian Concubine, the same rating because they seemed on equal footing to me. Lydia's plight to save her father Jens Friis from the Russian labor camps is probably the most intriguing aspect of the book. This would be why I wanted to read it because if you've read the first book you were surprised to find out about her father's survival. The first book left you wanting to know about the father.Furnivall is good and sucking you into a story but at times it almos [...]

    22. Kirstin on said:

      When reading books that belong in a series I always try to start at the beginning. I would highly recommend this for this series. If you have not read the Russian Concubine yet, then stop and go read it before starting the Girl from Junchow. This is a complicated storyline and I cannot imagine keeping up without first reading the first book. With that being said, I have not read the Jewel from St. Petersburg which was written third but is a prequel to the Russian Concubine. I decided to go in th [...]

    23. Blair on said:

      I'd been looking forward to this sequel to Kate Furnivall's debut The Russian Concubine since I first heard about it; unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. While the author's second novel, Under a Blood Red Sky, demonstrated genuine progression alongside immaculate attention to historical detail, this one felt as though it had been written in a hurry - crammed with nonsensical similies, the existing characters more two-dimensional than before, the new ones not particularly i [...]

    24. Jodi on said:

      This is the last book in the trilogy for "The Russian Concubine," although technically the last book the author wrote is the PREquel to "The Russian Concubine." I highly recommend reading "The Jewel of St. Petersburg" first, then "The Russian Concubine," and then "The Girl from Junchow." I don't know if it's how the author planned it, but I truly enjoyed reading them in that order. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat a lot. In each of the books, a lot of terrible things continue to happ [...]

    25. Marlous on said:

      To me, this was a strange book. I did not really like it that much, but still i could not put it away. I really liked the atmosphere of communist threat all the time. As a historian, it is always nice to read and feel about the stuff i know a lot about in a more objective (scientific) way. The characters were not that interesting to me, however. Lydia just seemed like a teenager, on the rampage every now and then. Very determined but not really thinking things trough. The relationship with Dimit [...]

    26. Laini on said:

      This is the sequel to The Russian Concubine, where Lydia, and her new found brother Alexei travel from China to Russia in search of her father, captured after the Bolshevik Revolution and until recently was thought to be dead. I much preferred this sequel to the first book. Perhaps it was because I knew the characters better and as I had said in the previous review, it took a while for me to grow to like Lydia. Perhaps it was also because of the faster pace, travelling through Bolshevik Russia w [...]

    27. Eugenides on said:

      I adore Chang An Lo!!!! *actual review*may contain spoilers*I enjoyed this book! Not nearly as much as the Russian Concubine. I did not race through GFJ as quickly as I did RC and for awhile I though Furnivall was going to break up one of my new favorite literary couples! So I promptly dropped the book and flailed about for a bit with about 50 pages left to go. But when I picked it back up again, I sailed through. The ending was appropriate, albeit as romantically distressing as it seemed the la [...]

    28. Cheryl on said:

      I had enjoyed the characters in the Russian Cocubine and was glad to see them again. However, I found the pace of this book slower. The Russian Concubine was set in China, 1929. For years Lydia Ivanova believed her father was killed by the Bolsheviks. But when she learns he is imprisoned in Stalin-controlled Russia, the fiery girl is willing to leave everything behind— even her Chinese lover, Chang An Lo.Lydia begins a dangerous search, at the end of the Russian Cocubine, journeying to Moscow w [...]

    29. Antonella on said:

      Better than the first one (The Russian Concubine)!!!!!!I've bought this book to read the end of the story of the two main characters. This book is better than the first one of the saga: more dynamic, well written and more sliding. A lot of readers compare Kate Furnivall and her books to Paullina Simons, but I think that no one is like the authoress of "The bronze horseman"!!! However, Kate Furnivall's books are pleasant. So, I would recommend this book if someone wants to read something not too [...]

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