by Gabrielle Wang
Penguin. Australian, Young Adult. Paperback rrp $19.95
This is a story of wonderful scope and scale. It will take you deep into the streets of early 1940s wartime Melbourne then sweep you all the way to China and back.
Mirabel is ready to embrace change. Not only in her name, but to grow up, fall in love and travel. It is not easy when your life spans two cultures and the world is at war. Mirabel falls in love with a Chinese soldier stationed in Melbourne. Their relationship is a secret and after JJ leaves, Mirabel finds she is pregnant. Her family are horrified and ashamed but Mirabel refuses to give up her baby or her love. She fought for her name and she fights for the destiny it promised. Is love and courage enough to help her find her way across China in the midst of Civil War?
Lei An is a good daughter but Mirabel is much more - a true heroine – a friend, a sister, a daughter, a mother and wife. Her story is a journey that sometimes made me cry and other times had me turning the pages as fast as I could. Highly recommended as a book for readers from teenage to adult.