Saturday, January 29, 2022

This OR That #Giveaway Week 45 ~ The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See OR The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff #TheTeaGirlOfHummingbirdLane #TheOrphansTale


I have sooooo many books!

The This or That Giveaway! feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. It's a way for me to cull my collection and give someone else the chance to enjoy these treasures.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Lisa See
Hardcover ~ March 2017

In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.

As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.


The Orphan's Tale
by Pam Jenoff
Paperback ~ Pub date February 2017

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival.

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another - or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.



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  1. Ok, I'm going to date myself here but I adored The Bobbsey Twins books and read them over and over. Another one I remember reading a lot was Black Beauty.

  2. My mom always read Are You My Mother? every night. I still have the original book, which is well loved.

  3. "What book do you remember reading or having read to you as a child?"
    I loved the Oz books. And I liked it when we had story time in school, with the teacher reading "Mouse On a Motorcycle, etc.!

  4. My mother told me that we read and re-read The Cow Who Fell in the Canal by Phyllis Krasilovsky (Author), Peter Spier (Illustrator) many, many times. It is a delightful tale.

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  5. I read the entire Anne of Green Gables series in hardcover from the library. Adored it. My mother introduced me to this author and reading early and I continue to love the classics.


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