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La figlia del mercante di seta

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,571 ratings  ·  361 reviews
1952, Indocina francese. Dalla morte della madre, Nicole, diciottenne franco-vietnamita, è vissuta all’ombra della bella sorella maggiore, Sylvie. Quando Sylvie prende le redini degli affari di famiglia, che ruotano intorno al commercio della seta, a Nicole non resta che accontentarsi della gestione di un vecchio negozio, nel quartiere vietnamita di Hanoi. La zona, tuttavi ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Newton Compton (first published 2016)
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In 1952 Nicole was an eighteen year old half French, half Vietnamese woman living with her French father and older sister Sylvie. Nicole had always felt overshadowed by Sylvie and when Sylvie was given the family silk business to run on her own, with Nicole only receiving an old silk shop which had long been vacant, she was once again reminded of how inferior she was. She was resentful but determined to show her father that she could make her business a success without his help.

Her silk shop wa
Tara Russell
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I read Jefferies' previous book The Tea Planter's Wife when it came out last year and was surprisingly captivated by it. In consequence, I was really excited to read The Silk Merchant's Daughter. I was, overall, sadly, quite disappointed by it. It's the story of a young French-Vietnamese girl, Nicole, the eponymous silk merchant's daughter. She and her sister have been brought up by their father and the cook after the death of their mother under circumstances not spoken-of. The good points of th ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
Dinah Jeffries is fast becoming one of my new favourite historical fiction writers. What makes her books so intriguing - and different - is her stories take place in such exotic locations. Unlike a lot of popular historical fiction novels which predominantly feature Europe as their settings, Jeffries chooses to create vivid portraits of countries and times that are relatively unheard of. In this case, the author has created a beautiful story set during the fifties of Vietnam under French rule. A ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I've enjoyed Dinah Jeffries previous books but this one didn't quite hit the mark for me in the same way. The writing felt choppy and abrupt in places and I was left wondering why the previous paragraph jumped to unrelated topics on numerous occasions.

The setting for his book was Vietnam and I absolutely loved the setting for Nicole's story. The description of the city and it's diverse quarters were excellent, providing visuals, smells and culture. Vietnam in post WW2 era was politically unsett
Agnieszka Higney
Utter drivel! Hugely disappointed as loved two previous novels by Dinah Jeffries. The settings are always exotic places some time ago. This time we have Vietnam war starting and French colonialism being thrown out. The characters are horrible , either totally innocent, naive and irritating or psychotic sisters. The lead male is such a cliche, that makes the romance between him and Nicole a joke. Don't think I learned much about Vietnam neither so overall a very meekly offering from a writer that ...more
This a superb historical novel. I found it full of charm, atmosphere and composed of all the elements that go into producing a cracking read! Set in the 1950s French Indochina it is a story about a search for personal identity, family secrets, deception, betrayal, love and war. The author is talented in her descriptions that are so vivid and vibrant, that you feel as if you are right there.

Nicole is given a disused silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi whilst her sister, Sylvie, is given
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, net-galley, n, 2016
I absolutely love Dinah Jefferies writing style. She transports you into another world and time. I’ve read other books about silk merchants and really loved them and this one was a great story. The surroundings are described so vividly that you immerse yourself in the colours and scenes around you and can just imagine yourself there.
It’s set in Hanoi.It explores family dynamics and sisterly rivalry. Nicole is given a silk shop by her father whilst her sister takes control of the business and Nic
The author is so good and making you understand how hard times were in the places she bases her books. It was an insight to Vietnam but I felt it was padded out a bit too much in places. I didn’t buy into the characters which is unusual with her books.
Julia Hasch
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it si much, besides the description part and also that period of time when almost nothing important happened. From the page 200 the story started to be very interesting again!!
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Silk Merchant's Daughter is my first book by Dinah Jefferies and it won't be the last for sure. What an amazing and captivating story it is. I love the kind of books that transport you to another place, to another time (one you have no idea about) and make you part of it. And this is one of these reads. In fact, one thing I love about historical fiction is learning about the past, our past, and with this story I learned a lot.

Visit the locations in the novel : Silk Merchant Daughter booktrail

A full review will be given nearer the time but I have just turned the last page and need to say how good this book is and how interesting. A fascinating period in history, a mix of cultures that will have you realising just what it must have been like to have lived in French IndoChina during the 1950s and some of the most compelling characters Dinah has created.

The settings evoked are created via Dinah's paintbrush for this is o
Nolene Driscoll
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

This is the second book I have read by Dinah Jefferies and once again I found it fascinating and compelling, giving me an insight into life in Vietnam in the 1950s. Her writing style brought alive the bustling city of Hanoi with all its sights, sounds, smells and exotic atmosphere. I almost felt as though I was there. Feeling the hidden tensions rising as the city began to become divided, the rising resentment among the
Meital Ben-Daniel
An intensive, page-turner historical romance set in Vietnam during the French colonization.
Nicole, a silk merchant, half-French half-Vietnamese has some questions about her past and her mother's death, at a difficult time of unrest in Vietnam towards the fall of the French rule.
She grows up competing with her perfectly-French older sister Sylvie, only to find that all that seems real and familiar turns upside down.
I loved its intensive, colorful yet full of turmoil atmosphere! A great Read !
Soraya Lane
I was kind of disappointed in the first half of this book, for some reason I just didn't connect with the writing style. But I did enjoy the second half and I'm glad I stuck with it. I read it after another amazing historical and then a thriller, and I had high expectations. ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth title I have read by Dinah Jefferies, each one has transported me to foreign shores, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and now in 'The Silk Merchant's Daughter to Vietnam.

It is obvious to the reader that the location and settings are extremely important to the author. She makes no secret of the fact that she carries out extensive research before even commencing the actual writing of her novels. In my humble opinion this certainly pays off as one is easily able to immerse oneself in t
Sue Wallace
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The silk merchants daughter by dinah jefferies.
1952, French Indochina. Since her mother's death, eighteen-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie. When Sylvie is handed control of the family silk business, Nicole is given an abandoned silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi. But the area is teeming with militant rebels who want to end French rule, by any means possible. For the first time, Nicole is awakened to the cor
Julie Reynolds
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took a while to get into the story. It was a slow-burn and not fast paced.

However, I really enjoyed it in the end. To a degree it reminded me of Miss Saigon.

Well worth reading 😊
Saturday's Child
The setting and historical background were fine, I just did not care for the characters. It was because I did not like them that I didn't enjoy the story as much as I thought I would. ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Silk Merchant's Daughter is the third book I have read by Dinah Jefferies. Both her debut, The Separation and second novel, The Tea Planter's Wife are reviewed on my blog and The Tea Planter's Wife was one of my Top Reads of last year.

The Silk Merchant's Daughter, is again, historical fiction and this time set in French Indochina, more particularly in Hanoi in the early 1950's. Eighteen year old Nicole Duval has a Vietnamese mother and a French father and unlike her sister Sylvie who takes
Elite Group
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unforgettable tale of a young girl caught between two worlds in French Indochina

Nicole Duval is an eighteen-year-old half-French, half Vietnamese girl living in Hanoi in 1952 in French Indochina. Her mother who was Vietnamese died giving birth to her and she lives with her French father and her beautiful older sister Sylvie.

The story begins when Nicole’s father hands control of his entire business to Sylvie and Nicole receives a small silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter. This enhances Nicole’
Alice Stanford
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book in the bath, and before I knew it the book was half finished and the bath freezing cold.
Truly this was an enjoyable story, set in Vietnam during the war with the French. The tale of a mixed raced girl who struggles to find her place in her family and society. Full of adventure, family and political drama, romance and excitement, this is a highly reccomended read.
I do, however, feel the need to warn readers that due to this book being set in the war there are scenes wh
Sep 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's rare for me to give a one-star rating. But all I can really say about this book is BORING!! This has to be one of the dullest books I've ever read - and it felt so long because of it. Normally I can polish off a 400 page book in a matter of days. But this one I could only read for short bursts before getting totally bored and fed up, so I kept putting off picking it back up.

Far from feeling any sympathy for Nicole she came across as simply childish and petty. Because of her naivety and nar
Norma N
The Silk Merchant's Daughter is a historical fiction that is set in Vietnam during the French colonization in the early 1950's. It focuses on Nicole, half-French and half-Vietnamese girl, who is trying to find her identity amid everything happening around her. The story talks about family relations, trust, betrayal, love and war. I found it hard to relate to Nicole's story or sympathize with her. Even though she faces a lot of difficulties, she is unable to become mature and sometimes seems reck ...more
Emma Crowley
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems like only yesterday I was engrossed in Dinah Jefferies brilliant début The Separation. Since then she has had phenomenal success with book two The Tea Planter's Wife (again another excellent read) with the book being selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and subsequently spending weeks in The Sunday Times bestseller list even reaching the much coveted number one spot. I knew from reading The Separation that Dinah was a special author and obviously many other readers agree as her a ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really a fan of this book. I originally got it as I had read one of Dinah Jefferies other books 'The Tea Planters Wife' which I loved and was interested to read more.

This one however I found quite boring. The story dragged out and the writing was a bit choppy, things happening then something different immediately happening. Or sentences that just didn't really fit with what was happening.

I also didn't like Nicole. I found her irritating and naive, I couldn't empathise towards her at all
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Typical boy meets girl, some trials and tribulations but ultimately end up together happily ever after. I didn’t like the background to this book, it was a bit brutal for me. I know the horrors which occur in war, just wasn’t in a place to read about them.
Lisa M
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-4 stars. I really enjoyed learning about new cultures and history and the storyline was good without being mind blowing. I didn't see fully how it would end though which is always a pleasant surprise. ...more
Ali Bookworm
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this but not as much as The Tea Planter's Wife as somewhere I seemed to lose the plot and got confused but i persevered and continued to the end. It was nice to read about lands and culture I have not experienced. ...more
Fiona O'Reilly
Mills & Boon style set in Vietnam in mid 20th century.
Rita Chapman
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dinah Jefferies has the art of making you believe you are in the country in which her story is set. Her descriptions are so real you can feel the heat and the dust, smell the pastries at the baker, see the locals going about their daily rituals. An interesting insight into the war in Vietnam with the French, a beautiful love story and intrigue between two sisters.
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