The Girl from Junchow (The Russian Concubine, #2)
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The Girl from Junchow (The Russian Concubine #2)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,632 ratings  ·  150 reviews
An epic journey of love and discovery from the national bestselling author of The Russian Concubine and The Red Scarf.

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...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published July 2nd 2009 by Berkley Trade (first published January 1st 2009)
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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
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



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...
После долго време да прочитам нешто убаво!
Esther Bradley-detally
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.
Toni Osborne
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...more
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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.
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
Ambrosia Jefferson
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
Melanie Cusick-Jones

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...more
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
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 wi...more
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...more
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
Jan 21, 2011 jessmaggie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any history/romance fanatic.
Kate Furnivall's improvement in writing and storytelling is much more evident in this sequel to 'The Russian Concubine' than it's predecessor.

I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in her elaborate descriptive narration, and falling in love with the characters that she creates. She manages to pull so much beauty and love out of such a dismal place and time (1929 Soviet Russia) in the form of her characters. I absolutely love Lydia - she is a heroine we can all look up to, as well as Chang, Lydia's...more
I was so looking forward to reading about how Lydia's story continued. I like Furnivall's style, liked the setting and the country and everything.

And then someone gave me this book in Dutch.
The translation was horrible. I finished the book, but not with the pleasure I hoped for.
The translation felt like a stammering, comma infused google translate.
Keri Schroder
It started a bit slow especially given how the first book was fast moving and exciting. I initially found myself bored, but I couldn't put it down because I had to find out if Lydia saved her dad and if Lydia and Chang An Lo reconnected. I'm so glad I finished it. I loved both of these books. I read both of the in the span of 4 days.
**Warning Spoilers Ahead**

Towards the end, the story was all over the place. Things did not make sense that if you read the first book, you would just wonder what is the author talking about. Lydia as a hero degrades down to the end when you realize that she was on a fool's quest and endangered everyone in her party. She went to Russia on false premises and a lot of people in her party nearly died because of her. I ended up admiring Alexei more than Lydia. I have no idea why they would portray h...more
I love Kate Furnivall's books and I've been waiting to read this sequel to The Russian Concubine for ages. Lydia rushes off to Russia to rescue her father from a work camp but, as usual, things never go according to plan and secrets abound. While I adore Lydia, there is also a part of me that gets very frustrated with her "I know best" attitude which usually results in someone close to her her having to live with the consequences.

Communist Russia is portrayed as a very bleak place to live and t...more
Kathleen Noonan
This book started out so promising, and then went slowly, very slowly downhill for me. Great initial story about a girl trying to find her father in war torn Germany during WW2. Then at about page 300 they started into this ridiculous teenage love story about her and this Chinese guy. At first this was very minimal and they it started to be a bigger and bigger part of the book...

I struggled through to about page 450 and finally just had to put the book down and walk away. I just couldn't take th...more
Candace Drabøl
A fantastic conclusion to The Russian Concubine yet ... I do feel as if she could write a sequel. I enjoyed reading about the day-to-day living expectations of the standard Russian and loved how she applied the Communist way of thinking into her novel. I think at the end it got a bit dis-jointed, where I felt as if too many things were happening at once. Even if this was intended it wasn't written in a way I prefer, that being said I still enjoyed the ending. The jaw-dropper about Alexei at the...more
I guess I just didn't see the point..

Even though the plot in "the concubine's secret" actually seems to be very well developed, it still felt quite unfinished, and it seemed like some very, very stupid things worked out too easily. It just didn't seem realistic and it did not convince me.

There were also some elements in the book where it was almost as if Furnivall had suddenly changed her mind about where the story was heading.

Othervise; the debscription of Soviet Russia and the personalities i...more
Because I loved the "Russian Concubine" so much, I was anxious for Furnivall to write a sequel to it. However, the sequel, as is often the case did not live up to her first book. I found the first half of the "Girl from Junchow" rather dull. Maybe it is because it is set in The early years of the Soviet Union, in the winter, when everything was very gray, cold, and lacking the beauty and excitment that radiated from the exciting international areas of 1920's China. When Lydia and her friends fin...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.

Kate went to London University where she studied English and fr...more
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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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