Here is a selection of media for Australia/New Zealand.
Praise for The THE JADE LILY
‘A marvellous time-travelling tour of Shanghai combined with a thoroughly satisfying identity quest of the best ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ variety, The Jade Lily is a fast-paced yet surprisingly soulful read. Lovers of Fiona McIntosh and Natasha Lester will relish this quality escape – one that promises to take you to places you’ve never been before, and will no doubt inspire a few readers to discover more. The Newtown Review of Books
Praise for The Midsummer Garden
‘Ripe to be plucked for a screen adaptation, this mouth-watering debut novel—meticulously researched and crafted—raises the bar in contemporary and historical fiction coupling … our heroines are compelling, passionate and admirable.’ Australian Women’s Weekly
‘Given the passion of Kirsty Manning, the ease at which she slips into the quintessential lifestyle of the author, and with another novel in the works, there is no doubt The Midsummer Garden will not be the last we see of her.’ Herald Sun
'I absolutely loved The Midsummer Garden. The dual time frames, strong female leads, the picturesque locales, the historical grounding and rich food references sold this reader.' Mrs B's Book Reviews
‘A delightful debut.’ Adelaide City Messenger
'This is a rich, sensual, and evocative novel, fragrant with the smell of crushed herbs and flowers, and haunted by the high cost that women must sometimes pay to find both love and their vocation…' Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens and Beauty in Thorns.
‘An evocative, lyrical tale of the search for identity by two unforgettable women, separated by history. It’s a journey of passion through food, the natural world—and love—towards personal fulfilment. Manning displays her knowledge of gardening, ancient herbs and food as the two storylines intersect and move towards their powerful conclusion … A fictional Eat Pray Love that all lovers of food and wine will devour.’ —Sally Hepworth, author of the The Secrets of Midwives
‘A satisfying read, bound to delight Kate Morton fans.’ – Natasha Boyd, Book Bonding Bookstore
‘In this gorgeous looking book … Manning writes deftly about the emotions associated with loving someone in a mature, engaging way … boy, did this book live up to expectations!’ —Emily Paull, emilypaull.com
‘A satisfying blend of contemporary and historical fiction, with each story compelling and well-wrought, and the links between the two intriguing. Themes of happiness, of family lore, relationships and self fulfillment are explored and food lovers will enjoy the culinary detail.’ —Sally Murphy, aussiereviews.com
‘Behind the beautiful cover of The Midsummer Garden lies an equally beautiful tale of two women, hundreds of years apart. Sumptuous food, glorious imagery, and alluring settings—what’s not to love? ... The prose is as delicious as the aromas you imagine wafting from the kitchens of medieval France and contemporary Tuscany. And the way both stories unfold into each other is achingly beautiful.’ —Jodi Gibson, jfgibson.com.au
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