Eva Gatsby has often wondered about her grandfather Lawrence's past, and exactly what happened to him in Burma during the Second World War.
But it is only when Eva's job as an antiques dealer suddenly requires a trip to Mandalay that Lawrence finally breaks his silence and asks her to return a mysterious artefact of his own - a chinthe - to its rightful owner. As Eva arrives in Burma her mission soon proves dangerously complicated, and the treasure she is guarding becomes the centre of a scandal that will have far-reaching consequences. Caught between loyalty and integrity, Eva is determined to find the truth about her grandfather's past, of her own family origins, and of the red-eyed chinthe itself - enigmatic symbol of the riches of Mandalay.
©2014 Rosanna Ley (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd
I bought this because I thought it was a thriller/mystery but it turned out to be more chick lit. Predictable, cliched, unimaginative, writing, what you might expect of romantic fiction. Might suit people who like that genre, but didn't do it for me.
Something better written.
I found the reading dreary - the heroine came across as limp and wet, and the male charecters stereotypical andtwo-dimensional.
Brilliant story, beautifully written and narrated. I have read another two of Rosanna Ley's books and enjoyed them but this is definitely the best.
The way the story moved from one decade to another with such ease and the twists and turns in the adventure.
Both narrated extremely well with such feeling fort their characters.
Yes, but to pinpoint it would give too much away about the plot!
Straightforward story bought alive by great narration
I've an interest in Burma and this has piqued it further
Nothing ! Great performances, quality characters - change of narrator at points was a little confusing
Ms Duncan yet again demonstrated great range of characters, excellent pronunciation, timing and pace
Animal artist crazy about dogs! Have 2 great rescue retrievers and over the years owned 9. Love audible books, craft & doggy country walks
A heartwarming story beautifully read taking the reader on a journey back in time.
Return to Mandalay is a wonderful and touching love story in the past and present, connecting families in a special way. It touches some history on Myanmar which sometimes gave me the feeling I wanted to go there.
It is a story about love, loss, promises, jealousy, coping, faith and hope.
I've listened to several of Rosanna Ley' books now, and have usually enjoyed the stories, the characters and the atmosphere/scene-setting the author creates. However I found this one less appealing in all these respects, which was a shame as I thought I'd enjoy hearing of the exotic and unusual location of Myanmar.
Possibly the rather 'clipped' accent of the main narrator had something to do with it.
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