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  • White Gardenia

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

In the tradition of Paullina Simons comes an unforgettable story of a mother and daughter from a remarkable new writer. Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese-Russian border in the final days of World War II, White Gardenia tells the story of a Russian mother and daughter separated by war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating novel

  • By Paddington on 08-30-11

Couldn't Finish It

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I loved Belinda Alexandra's Tucsan Rose, so I thought I would like White Gardenia also. I was totally wrong. I liked Tuscan Rose for it's historical interest, creative plot, and the strength of the main character.

I'm about 1/3 of the way through White Gardenia and I'm calling it quits. I have an extreme dislike for romance novels and that's exactly what this feels like. So far the plot has been predictable. The main character is whinny and naive and I really could care less if she lives or dies. The book would have been much more interesting if it had followed the Mother's life instead.