Mr Chen's Emporium

Mr Chen s Emporium Mr Chen s Emporium is an enchanting tale of forbidden love and following one s heartIn seventeen year old Amy Duncan arrives in the Gold Rush town of Millbrooke having spent the coach journey d

  • Title: Mr Chen's Emporium
  • Author: Deborah O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9781742755540
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mr Chen s Emporium is an enchanting tale of forbidden love and following one s heartIn 1872, seventeen year old Amy Duncan arrives in the Gold Rush town of Millbrooke, having spent the coach journey daydreaming about glittering pavilions and gilded steeples What she finds is a dusty main street lined with ramshackle buildings.That is until she walks through the doors oMr Chen s Emporium is an enchanting tale of forbidden love and following one s heartIn 1872, seventeen year old Amy Duncan arrives in the Gold Rush town of Millbrooke, having spent the coach journey daydreaming about glittering pavilions and gilded steeples What she finds is a dusty main street lined with ramshackle buildings.That is until she walks through the doors of Mr Chen s Emporium, a veritable Aladdin s cave, and her life changes forever Though banned from the store by her dour clergyman father, Amy is entranced by its handsome owner, Charles Chen In present day Millbrooke, recently widowed artist Angie Wallace has rented the Old Manse where Amy once lived When her landlord produces an antique trunk containing Amy s intriguingly diverse keepsakes both Oriental and European Angie resolves to learn about this mysterious girl from the past.And it s not long before the lives of two very different women, born a century apart, become connected in the most poignant and timeless ways.

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    1. This was a nice piece of historical fiction set in an Australian gold town. Both main characters are strong women with interesting lives and I liked the way they are linked by Ange's historical research. Books which tell two stories alternately can sometimes become unbalanced to one character or the other but this one kept the parallel stories equally interesting. Overall this was a pleasant, easy read which I did enjoy.

    2. A small country town and two women in two different time frames is at the center of what is an enchanting novel about forbidden love and doing what you think's right. In 1872 seventeen-year-old Amy Duncan arrives in the Gold Rush town of Millbrooke to join her family and is dismayed with the dusty streets and dingy buildings. One though sparks her interest and after entering Mr Chen's Emporium, she is entranced by the exotic products on offer and the handsome owner Charles Chen.In the present da [...]

    3. This is a really great Australian example of historical fiction, with the dual narrative structure that I love, and two good, strong female characters at its heart. Angie is a recently-widowed Sydney artist who relocates to a former goldrush town in country NSW on a bit of a whim. She decides to rent The Manse on a try-before-you buy basis. Her landlord Richard, equally mysterious as he is eccentric, introduces her to a young Scottish woman named Amy Duncan, an occupant of the house in the 1870s [...]

    4. This is my second book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is told in two time frames. One is 1872 and tells the story of Amy, daughter of Reverend Duncan and her return to her family who have moved to the gold rush town of Millbrooke. Amy has come home to help care for her mother and take over some of her duties. Prior to this, Amy had been staying with her aunt Molly in Sydney while finishing her schooling. The other story introduces the reader to Angie who is struggling with [...]

    5. After reading the sequel to this book last year (not realising that it was a sequel), I thought I should probably add the first book to my TBR. And this was as delightful read as the second (The Jade Widow) was. This book is written in one of my favourite styles - following dual story lines in days gone by and present day, and I felt that it was very well done. The author would introduce something - a letter, a book, a photo etc - in the 1872 scene and soon after we would be re-introduced to the [...]

    6. In the present day, newly widowed Angela makes an impulsive decision to escape the city and move to Millbrooke during a weekend trip to the country. Intrigued by the history of her new home, the 'Old Manse', Angie is thrilled to discover a cache of keepsakes that likely belonged to the young woman that once lived there. More than a century before, eighteen year old Amy Duncan locked away her most treasured possessions before eloping from her family home with the man she loved. A 'chinaman' raise [...]

    7. Ein kleines GeheimnisDas Cover mit dem Mädchen, welches die Vögel aus dem Käfig befreit, passt als Metapher zu diesem Buch sehr gut. Genau wie Amy die im 19 Jahrhundert lebt und sich aus ihrem goldenen Käfig befreit, welches ihr Vater der ein streng gläubiger Reverend ist, ihr auferlegt. In diesem Buch geht es um zwei Frauen, einmal Amy die ihm 19 Jahrhundert lebt und Angie aus der Gegenwart. Zwei Frauen, die versuchen ihren Weg zu finden. Eines Tages muss Amy von Sydney, wo sie bei ihrer T [...]

    8. This was ok, although it was somewhat different to what I had expected. The description was quite promising: two women from Sydney arrive in the Australian gold rush town of Millbroke, Amy in 1872, Angie in the present day. Alternating between the two storylines, Angie, who rents the house Amy used to live in, sets out to piece together Amy's life. This could have been really good, and it had some interesting and captivating elements, for the most part though it turned out to be just chick lit - [...]

    9. I hadn't expected to like this as much as I did. Two strong women, two centuries apart, in small town Australia, battle societal expectations. I am a bit over non-linear plots but I liked this.

    10. Flipping between the 1870s and modern day, this novel is based around two strong female characters and the approach they take to life. It was a good, easy-to-read book and I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. It loses half a star for being seriously twee in places!

    11. In 1872, Miss Amy Duncan is 17. Having enjoyed some time living with her Aunt Molly in Sydney, finishing her education, she finds herself recalled to her family in Millbrooke, a small mining town as her mother is ill and requires her help. Amy is reluctant, she doesn’t see eye to eye with her strict Reverend father and she enjoyed her life in Sydney with her aunt. She has romantic notions of what the mining town will be like but what she gets is a dusty street.Each morning, Amy must buy bread [...]

    12. Mr Chen’s Emporium is the debut novel by Australian teacher and visual artist Deborah O’Brien. Moving between the present day and the Gold Rush era in rural New South Wales, O’Brien weaves a comfortingly old-fashioned tale of love, loss and self-discovery.In 1872, 17 year old Amy Duncan is struggling to spread her wings in the dusty town of Millbrooke. Oppressed by the rules of her strict clergyman father and a passive mother preoccupied with the difficulties of childbirth and childrearing [...]

    13. Amys Geheimnis ist ein Roman von Deborah O’Brien. Er ist am 13. September 2013 im List Verlag als Taschenbuch erschienen und umfasst 384 Seiten. Das englischsprachige Original Mr. Chen’s Emporium erschien am 18. September 2012 bei Bantam.InhaltZwei Frauen, eine lang vergessene Geschichte und die unstillbare Sehnsucht nach GlückEin Ausflug führt die kürzlich verwitwete Angie in das verschlafene ehemalige Goldgräberdorf Millbrooke. Sie verliebt sich sofort in den Ort und zieht in das alte [...]

    14. I read this book in two days, such an easy read, but at the same time i HAD to find out how it was going to end. Set in Australia in the past and the present, both stories were well put together.One of those books that you fall in love with the Characters and dont want it to end :)

    15. A beautifully crafted debut novel , that moves perfectly between past and present storylines. The first is set in 1872 in the town of Millbrooke NSW during the gold rush era. 17 year old Amy Duncan has recently arrived from Scotland to join her Minister Father and family in the town. She finds herself exploring the dusty roads in town and comes across a little shop unlike any other she has seen before, an Aladdin’s cave of sorts, called Mr Chen’s Emporium. In a shop filled with mysterious or [...]

    16. The book opens with young Amy Duncan travelling from the thriving city of Sydney to the Gold Rush town of Millbrooke. She has been summoned there by her very strict, very narrow-minded father who is the town clergyman. For Amy, this means an end to a life with her aunt who lets her read scandalous novels (one of my favourite aspects of the book), buy pretty dresses and attend charming entertainments. In her new life, she will be expected to work hard by her mother's side looking after her siblin [...]

    17. Mr Chen's Emporium is set in a small Goldrush town in outback New South Wales. The novel contrasts the Millbrooke of 1870 with the Millbrooke of today. In 1870 Amy Chen has been recalled to Millbrooke to care for her ailing mother. She is young, romantic, and somewhat stifled by her strict clergyman father. She meets Mr Chen who runs an Emporium in the township and despite her fathers disapproval and the towns predjudice against the 'celestials' falls in love. In the present day Angie has come t [...]

    18. Mr Chen's Emporium is set in a small Goldrush town in outback New South Wales. The novel contrasts the Millbrooke of 1870 with the Millbrooke of today. In 1870 Amy Chen has been recalled to Millbrooke to care for her ailing mother. She is young, romantic, and somewhat stifled by her strict clergyman father. She meets Mr Chen who runs an Emporium in the township and despite her fathers disapproval and the towns predjudice against the 'celestials' falls in love. In the present day Angie has come t [...]

    19. Set in the (mythical) gold-rush town of Millbrooke, NSW, this book has two parallel stories. The first follows Amy Duncan in 1872, as she travels from her Sydney schooling to Millbrooke, to join her Scottish harsh-preaching minister father and family when her mother becomes unwell. It is then she meets Charles Chen, the enigmatic and handsome owner of the 'Aladdin's Cave' of Mr Chen's Emporium, on the main street of Millbrooke. The second is set in present day, when recently widowed artist Angie [...]

    20. A really interesting novel with unexpected twists.Keeps the reader wanting to know more after the novel has ended ,especially with the character Amy who is widowed at a young age.What did she go on to become? what of the child she is carrying and the prejudices she no doubt will face.We desperately need a sequel to this novel.The novel provides accurate historical references and the images that are conjured in ones mind with the superb descriptions and true to life characters both past and prese [...]

    21. This is a good, simple and pleasing book to read. Alternating between the past and today in a rural country town which was once a major gold field. In the 1870s, Amy Duncan returns to live with her family and falls in love with Mr Chen who owns a local Emporium. So we read about racism, Presbyterianism with all of its wrath and dowdiness, paucity of medical knowledge and how Amy carries on to become a successful business woman. In today, Angie arrives in the same town still grieving for her husb [...]

    22. I finished "Mr Chen's Emporium" on the weekend, it is a quick light read about two women, one in 1870 and the other in present times, who both move to a ficitional Australian outback town. I loved the story of Amy from 1870, and the entire book started off brilliantly and quite promising, however the story of Angie from present day was somewhat forced. And the entire book just ended. It was worth the read for Amy's story, but unfortunately I expected a bit more, especially as the first 3/4 of th [...]

    23. You basically get to know 17-year-old Amy Duncan in 1872, who falls in love with Charles Chen, against the opinion and will of her father. And you´ll meet Angie Wallace, whose husband Phil has only just died. Both try to find therir luck in Millbrooke, Australia. Will they succeed?I really love this book and cried so much at the end of Amy´s storyline! The end of Angie´s storyline was predictable but still great to read and full of `facepalm´-moments.As I said: I really much like this book : [...]

    24. Starts off like little coffee shop of Kabul which I didn't love. Once you get past the beginning it becomes engaging. That said, it is still what I would call a "fluffy" read and it is probably 2 and a half star read, not three. Liked the parallel stories but characters lacked depth and authenticity. Liked the focus on racism towards Chinese immigrants. And the attempt to show the potential effect of mining for small, rural towns.

    25. I just finished this novel and what a great read. It is so nice to look forward to picking up the novel you are reading and getting back into it.I loved both leading ladies; their characters were so well-drawn and their predicaments believable. It really illustrated how women's lives have changed. I always enjoy a book with a bit of a seachange/treechange theme too. I'm seeking out the sequel now.

    26. Just finished reading this and found it a delight to read. A lovely Australian novel that tells the story of 2 women, one in the gold rush era & the other in present day both at a crises point in there lives, making decisions that their friends or family don't agree with. Well worth the read, the only thing I found disappointing was that the final part of the story for one woman felt rushed and the story not told with enough detail.

    27. I expected this book to be a bit of a cliche but was very pleasantly surprised. It captures perfectly the atmosphere of the times in which it is set, without feeling like a history project thinly disguised as a novel. One for all you ladies to curl up with on the couch for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon read!

    28. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this debut novel. Fresh and original. I particularly liked the format of two characters stories being told in the past and modern day. I also liked the environmental background story regarding the gold mining and the platypus. An easy holiday read.

    29. A charming, poignant and haunting story about love, prejudice, and the strength and resilience of the human spirit. I really enjoyed Deborah O'Brien's debut, and am looking forward to the sequel. Highly recommended.

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