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  • And room for #4

    Safe to say I enjoyed all the Penang series and I’m sorry that it is ended, but just maybe one day another Penang book will come out. I hope so.

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  • Historical Fiction set in a Tropical Paradise

    Jasmine Barrington is sixteen; she’s living with her step-mother Evie, her step-father Arthur and brother Hugh in Nairobi in Kenya. Evie is horrified when she realizes Jasmine is absolutely miserable, she hates school, she's been expelled and misses her homeland of Penang in Malay. Evie loves Jasmine and she makes the difficult choice to take her home to Penang. Mary and Reggie Hyde-Underwood offer her a place to stay at their rubber plantation, they have a baby Frances, Mary teaches school at the estate, and Jasmine can help her with the baby and sit her final school exams. Jasmine is delighted to be home, she missed Penang so much and as soon as she gets off the boat she feels like a huge weight has been lifted off her shoulders. Jasmine is on the brink of becoming a woman, she’s very pretty and men start to notice her. She finds this really uncomfortable, she's not ready and all she wants to do is sketch and paint. It’s a difficult time for her, luckily Mary is very understanding and she helps Jasmine navigate the complexities of growing up. Jasmine sets up a studio at the estate, she’s a very talented artist and she might like to go to art school in Paris? But communists start causing civil unrest in Malay, this makes everyone very nervous after what they went through during WW II and it’s the beginning of the Malayan Emergency. Plantations begin to be targeted, Jasmine discovers a shocking secret from her dead fathers past, it puts her in danger, and should she return to Nairobi and put her dreams of being an artist on hold? I loved A Painter in Penang; it includes characters from the two previous books in the series The Pearl of Penang ( Evie ) and Prisoner from Penang ( Mary ).. Set once again in the tropical paradise, it’s about a young girl’s journey home, her growing up and her being able to cope and deal with the challenges life throws at her. Clare Flynn has done it again, her books never disappoint and five stars from me.

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  • Romance and adventure in the beautiful setting of

    A Painter in Pebang was a gripping story about a girl on the verge of womanhood who is currently living in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency. This almost forgotten period of history makes life quite dangerous for Jasmine and other ex-Servicewomen pats living on isolated rubber plantations. Jasmine has a great talent for painting and dr a wing and the story also focuses on thius and the life changing decisions she eventually makes to pursue her talent. This book has it all....romance, danger, adventure, an interesting setting on the island of Penang and history as we read about the Malayan Emergency and it's impact on both the local people and ex-Servicewomen pats. The book is meticulously researched as are all Clare Lynn's novels and readers of her previous books set in Malays will recognise some characters. A really good read from an author who gets better with each book. Highly recommended.

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