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The Girl from Junchow (The Russian Concubine #2)

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China, 1929. For years Lydia Ivanova believed her father was killed by the Bolsheviks. But when she learns he is imprisoned in Stalin-controlled Russia, the fiery girl is willing to leave everything behind--even her Chinese lover, Chang An Lo.
Lydia begins a dangerous search, journeying to Moscow with her half-brother Alexei. But when Alexei abruptly disappears, Lydia is le
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Paperback, 500 pages
Published July 2nd 2009 by Berkley Trade (first published January 1st 2009)
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Aviva
Apr 11, 2011 Aviva rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to The Russian Concubine and even if I didn't like Kate Furnivall I would have picked it up just to see how the story ended. Lydia Ivanova ends up going back to Russia to track down her father who is still alive and in a labor camp. Her half brother Alexei travels with her and she gets a protector in the guise of the big grizzly bear of a man from the first novel. It's a bit of a harrowing journey for Lydia for two reasons, 1) it's a pretty harrowing journey for anybody who's ...more
Natalya
Aug 09, 2011 Natalya rated it really liked it
As most sequels are, not as good as the first book, but only because the introduction to the author already happened, her level of excellence in writing is expected. As far as sequels go, its one of the better ones, I would have rated it 3.5 stars, because the first book was a four, and I rate as threes those books which I do not normally recommend to friends. I enjoy the way Furnivall writes, weaving the magic, blending the cultures, all in natural ways that don't seem forced. She makes the mos ...more
Valerie
Jun 26, 2009 Valerie rated it it was amazing
ATTENTION EVERYONE THAT IS INTERESTED IN THIS BOOK....

MAKE SURE TO CHECK PAGES 248/249!!!!!

I HAD A FAULTY BOOK, AND WHEN I CALLED B&N ALL OF THEIR COPIES WERE LIKE THAT!!!!

So please make sure to check your copy BEFORE you buy it, or else you would end up disappointed and angry like me because you can't continue reading till the bookstore gets in a new shipment at the end of the week...
Marie80
Nov 28, 2013 Marie80 rated it it was amazing
После долго време да прочитам нешто убаво!
Bethany
Oct 21, 2014 Bethany rated it liked it
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Erin
Sep 11, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
The reason we read historical fiction is not for the history. It’s for the fiction. We fall in love with a character, and whether she lives in Mongolia or Austin, ancient Rome or modern India, we want to know what it’s like to be her, to know her, and to fall in love, just as she does.

Luckily, historical fiction fans, we have Kate Furnivall.

Because Ms. Furnivall’s writing is not just about the less-travelled destinations, the war-torn settings, the criminal underbellies of foreign cities: it’s
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Melody
Nov 20, 2014 Melody rated it really liked it
The Concubine's Secret) is the sequel toThe Russian Concubine.Our heroine, Lydia has since moved on with her life, leaving China and her Chinese lover, Chang An Lo, to search for her father back in hercountry land, Russia. Sheis still somewhat in shock to learn that her father had survived from the Bolshevik army so many years ago and is now captive in a prison camp. Together with her half-brother Alexei, they began their search for their father. Lydia couldn't bear the thought of leaving Chang, ...more
Esther Bradley-detally
Jun 06, 2013 Esther Bradley-detally rated it it was amazing
Loved it; having lived in Russia and read about China extensively - I now have read all her Russian books and am on to others; loved them.
Ditte
Jan 15, 2015 Ditte rated it liked it
Out of the three books in the series I still like The Jewel of... best. I just don't like the cheesy love story between Lydia and Chang and find it highly unlikely that Chang (and his chinese friends) after just a few days in Moscow can sneak around, save the day and always be in the right place at the right time, as if they've lived there for years. I found myself wishing Chang dead or staying in China with the girl with the bad foot, because (view spoiler) ...more
Betty Davidge
Dec 29, 2014 Betty Davidge rated it it was amazing
The third and final book of this series agin managed to continue the saga without missing a beat! I was surprised to see the author do such a marvelous job of connecting the three tales. Very well developed story with plenty of suspense and excitement. The girl goes in search for her father whom she finds to
(She hopes ) be alive in a Russian prisoner of war camp inside the then communist Soviet Union. I actually was sorry when it ended. The ending does leave the possibility for the saga to cont
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Toni Osborne
Jan 28, 2011 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing
Also published under the title "The Concubine's Secret"

This novel is a captivating and fascinating sequel to "The Russian Concubine", a tale of love and danger set in the late 1920's Junchow and Moscow. The story takes us on a journey, surrounding the intricacies of Lydia Ivanova's life, a life of drama graced with a touch of passion.

Lydia believes her father, Jens Friis, is still alive but held captive in Stalin's Russia. Determined to find him she teams up with her brother Alexie and close f
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Gabrielle
Jan 24, 2011 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
Review for The Girl From Junchow

Synopsis:
China, 1929. For years Lydia Ivanova believed her father was killed by the Bolsheviks. But when she learns he is imprisoned in Stalin-controlled Russia, the fiery girl is willing to leave everything behind—even her Chinese lover, Chang An Lo.
With her half brother, Alexei, Lydia sets out on a dangerous journey. Tension grows between the two as Alexei’s search for his past threatens Lydia’s quest to find her father and forge a new future for herself. But w
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Kaye
Jan 07, 2011 Kaye rated it it was amazing
Once again Furnivall managed to captivate me with her story of Lydia Ivanova. This story picks up where The Russian Concubine left off as Lydia, her half brother Alexei and Lydia's Cossack friend Popkov board the train from Junchow to Russia in search of her father, Jens. Lydia has not seen her father since she was five years old but what memories she has of him are loving ones. To think that he is still in a labor camp in Siberia is heartbreaking to her.

Being a stubborn willed seventeen year o
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Jodi
Sep 27, 2010 Jodi rated it really liked it
This is the last book in the trilogy for "The Russian Concubine," although technically the last book the author wrote is the PREquel to "The Russian Concubine." I highly recommend reading "The Jewel of St. Petersburg" first, then "The Russian Concubine," and then "The Girl from Junchow." I don't know if it's how the author planned it, but I truly enjoyed reading them in that order. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat a lot. In each of the books, a lot of terrible things continue to happ ...more
Kirstin
Jan 08, 2014 Kirstin rated it liked it
Shelves: asia, russia, series
When reading books that belong in a series I always try to start at the beginning. I would highly recommend this for this series. If you have not read the Russian Concubine yet, then stop and go read it before starting the Girl from Junchow. This is a complicated storyline and I cannot imagine keeping up without first reading the first book. With that being said, I have not read the Jewel from St. Petersburg which was written third but is a prequel to the Russian Concubine. I decided to go in th ...more
Jilly
Apr 11, 2012 Jilly rated it liked it
I think I gave the first one, The Russian Concubine, the same rating because they seemed on equal footing to me. Lydia's plight to save her father Jens Friis from the Russian labor camps is probably the most intriguing aspect of the book. This would be why I wanted to read it because if you've read the first book you were surprised to find out about her father's survival. The first book left you wanting to know about the father.

Furnivall is good and sucking you into a story but at times it almos
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Marlous
Jun 17, 2013 Marlous rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To me, this was a strange book. I did not really like it that much, but still i could not put it away.

I really liked the atmosphere of communist threat all the time. As a historian, it is always nice to read and feel about the stuff i know a lot about in a more objective (scientific) way.

The characters were not that interesting to me, however. Lydia just seemed like a teenager, on the rampage every now and then. Very determined but not really thinking things trough. The relationship with Dimit
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Ambrosia Sullivan
May 21, 2013 Ambrosia Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Written for Fire & Ice

Again we join up with Lydia and her rag tag group of her Brother Alexei and Leiv but this time they are going across Soviet Russia. Just when things look the darkest when her brother has seemed to go away and leave her behind. Chang An Lo shows up and things for them seem to pick up right where they left off.

This is a wonderful book that brings to life the same pictures and ideals that you had painted for you in the last book. This time however instead of a bright flow
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Laini
Aug 15, 2011 Laini rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical
This is the sequel to The Russian Concubine, where Lydia, and her new found brother Alexei travel from China to Russia in search of her father, captured after the Bolshevik Revolution and until recently was thought to be dead.

I much preferred this sequel to the first book. Perhaps it was because I knew the characters better and as I had said in the previous review, it took a while for me to grow to like Lydia. Perhaps it was also because of the faster pace, travelling through Bolshevik Russia w
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
The Girl from Junchow is a rare novel: a second book that is actually better than the first. I enjoyed the first book, The Russian Concubine, but considered Furnivall's next novel a bit of a train wreck, so I came to this one with mixed feelings... and, as it turns out, was pleasantly surprised.

This book continues the adventures of Lydia, a teenage Russian refugee brought up in 1920's China, as she returns to Russia in search of her imprisoned father, accompanied by her half-brother Alexei and
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Eugenides
Dec 29, 2012 Eugenides rated it liked it
I adore Chang An Lo!!!!

*actual review*may contain spoilers*
I enjoyed this book! Not nearly as much as the Russian Concubine. I did not race through GFJ as quickly as I did RC and for awhile I though Furnivall was going to break up one of my new favorite literary couples! So I promptly dropped the book and flailed about for a bit with about 50 pages left to go. But when I picked it back up again, I sailed through. The ending was appropriate, albeit as romantically distressing as it seemed the la
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Melanie Cusick-Jones
Jan 08, 2012 Melanie Cusick-Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

A strong sequel to The Russian Concubine, which I loved when I read it a few years ago.

Good points:

Lydia and Chang are two of the strongest and most independent characters I've come across who are well-drawn and have 'real' motivations for their behaviour and actions (cultural, romantic, situational). They're also one of my favourite book couples - wildly independent, but so much two-halves of the same creature whether they're apart or not.

The narrative has quite a lot of action, centring on
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Blair
I'd been looking forward to this sequel to Kate Furnivall's debut The Russian Concubine since I first heard about it; unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. While the author's second novel, Under a Blood Red Sky, demonstrated genuine progression alongside immaculate attention to historical detail, this one felt as though it had been written in a hurry - crammed with nonsensical similies, the existing characters more two-dimensional than before, the new ones not particularly i ...more
Helen Boscherini
Jun 01, 2016 Helen Boscherini rated it really liked it
I am partial to historical fiction and I found this to be a good read. I like the character Lydia Ivanova. She is quite a strong, spunky girl for a 19 year old, during much political turmoil in Russia during 1929. She is an exiled Russian girl who leaves war-torn China (where she fell in love with a Chinese boy) to return to Russia to look for her imprisioned father that she thought was killed by the Boshevikes. She has quite a dangerous journey with many twists and turns in the story.
Helen
Jan 23, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it
I am partial to historical fiction and I found this to be a good read. I like the character Lydia Ivanova. She is quite a strong, spunky girl for a 19 year old, during much political turmoil in Russia during 1929. She is an exiled Russian girl who leaves war-torn China (where she fell in love with a Chinese boy) to return to Russia to look for her imprisioned father that she thought was killed by the Boshevikes. She has quite a dangerous journey with many twists and turns in the story.
Cheryl
Jun 03, 2010 Cheryl rated it liked it
I had enjoyed the characters in the Russian Cocubine and was glad to see them again. However, I found the pace of this book slower.

The Russian Concubine was set in China, 1929. For years Lydia Ivanova believed her father was killed by the Bolsheviks. But when she learns he is imprisoned in Stalin-controlled Russia, the fiery girl is willing to leave everything behind even her Chinese lover, Chang An Lo.Lydia begins a dangerous search, at the end of the Russian Cocubine, journeying to Moscow wit
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Antonella
Nov 15, 2012 Antonella rated it really liked it
Shelves: wish-list
Better than the first one (The Russian Concubine)!!!!!!

I've bought this book to read the end of the story of the two main characters.
This book is better than the first one of the saga: more dynamic, well written and more sliding.
A lot of readers compare Kate Furnivall and her books to Paullina Simons, but I think that no one is like the authoress of "The bronze horseman"!!!
However, Kate Furnivall's books are pleasant. So, I would recommend this book if someone wants to read something not too
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Nick
Aug 19, 2015 Nick rated it liked it
I loved The Russian Concubine, even though it seemed quite improbable. The atmosphere, plot, and characters were engaging enough to overcome my strong sense of ("this just couldn't happen." This second book, pretty much the same. At first I thought the book had a bad case of sequelitis. The author seems to enamored of the success of her first book that she keeps quoting herself. In fact there is one extended flashback that seems to me to be lifted intact. (I can't check this because it is back a ...more
Judith
Apr 19, 2016 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the sequel to 'The Russian Concubine', it has quite a different feel to it. The romance between Lydia and Chang An Lo is always there, but the main storyline concerns Lydia's return to Russia in search of her father who she had previously believed to be dead. This book is less violent than the first and has more twists and turns as it explores themes of love, trust and betrayal, as well as being and interesting peek at Stalin's Russia.

I'm glad I carried on and read this, and wo
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Caitlinstuart07
Jul 25, 2009 Caitlinstuart07 rated it liked it
The sequel to The Russian Concubine was well written, but the story did not capture me as much as its predecessor. Lydia has allied herself with Alexei Serov and Liev Popkov and stolen back into Russia to find her father, long imprisoned in Siberia. The story leads the trio to Moscow and a mysterious engineering project to build a blimp capable of murdering entire villages with a deadly silent approach. While I was interested in Lydia's discovery of her Russian heritage and sentiments, I was dis ...more
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Kate Furnivall was raised in Penarth, a small seaside town in Wales. Her mother, whose own childhood was spent in Russia, China and India, discovered at an early age that the world around us is so volatile, that the only things of true value are those inside your head and your heart. These values Kate explores in The Russian Concubine.

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She closed the door and stamped her feet on the icy ground, smiling as she drew in a deep breath of Russian air and felt her heart race. There was a future ahead, one that she and Chang An Lo would carve together. It was a risk, but life itself was a risk. That much she'd learned form Russia, that much she'd learned from Jens. With a farewell wave to Alexei and a final touch of the Chinese amulet around her neck to tempt the protection of Chang An Lo's gods one last time, she looped her bag onto her shoulder and headed for the gateway.”
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