rating: 4 of 5 stars
This story starts in China (Harbin) and then onto Shanghai - the era is WW2 when the White Russians were forced to flee. Anya and her mother are separated, owing to a deal done between the Communists and the Russians. Anya is sent to live with a family in Shanghai, and becomes intrigued with their lifestyle and the nightclub that they run. She marries Dimitri, who is running the club, (she is only 16/17 years of age at the time). But Dimitri deserts her and goes to America and Anya along with other refugees is sent to an island in the Pacific - from there she makes here way to Australia.
At that time, refugees were not greeted kindly by some Australians, but Anya sets her sights on building her future. But she never forgets her mother, and knows that one day, they will be reunited.
When Anya has given up hope, especially after hearing that her mother may have died, a miracle happens by way of a surprise visitor from the past.
The story finds its ending in Russia, where mother and daughter are reunited.
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