Ribbons of Grace
Maxine Alterio
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Feb 21, 2020 - 14:27 PM By Maxine Alterio

Ribbons of Grace is set in Arrowtown, a frontier town with an explosive mix of inhabitants, during the Otago goldrush of the 1860s It focuses on the love affair between Ming Yuet, a young Chinese woman, and Conran, an Orcadian stonemason This touching novel opens with Ming Yuet at the graveside of her and Conran s daughter, Fang Yin She is recounting the stories of theiRibbons of Grace is set in Arrowtown, a frontier town with an explosive mix of inhabitants, during the Otago goldrush of the 1860s It focuses on the love affair between Ming Yuet, a young Chinese woman, and Conran, an Orcadian stonemason This touching novel opens with Ming Yuet at the graveside of her and Conran s daughter, Fang Yin She is recounting the stories of their lives the loves, the heartbreaks, the friendships, the hatreds, the hopes and the losses Ming Yuet, an intelligent, resourceful young woman, has taken on the identity of her brother after he is killed by water pirates in China on his journey to New Zealand She lives for several years as a miner, her secret known only to a few Conran, a spirited, musical man, has escaped family tragedy to make a new life for himself in New Zealand The two characters meet when Conran rescues Ming Yuet from a flood, setting in motion a magical love affair The lovers must face prejudice and many challenges to allow their love to triumph Will desire or deception triumph Ribbons of Grace has three storylines and three narrators Ming Yuet, Conran, and Ida, an English nurse, with each telling their part of the narrative in a distinctive voice.
  • Title: Ribbons of Grace
  • Author: Maxine Alterio
  • ISBN: 9780143006442
  • Page: 425
  • Format: None

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Jennifer Feb 21, 2020 - 14:27 PM
Loved this - NZ author, setting Arrowtown in late 1870's/early 1880's. Basically a love story with a couple of twists. Story told in three voices - a young Chinese gold-miner, a stonemason originally from Orkney, and an English settler's wife. All different backgrounds, living in the same area, and all heavily involved in the plot. That's not giving much awayDefinitely worth reading - not sure why this didn't make headlines a few years ago when it was first published.
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Erin Feb 21, 2020 - 14:27 PM
A lovely opportunity to read a historical fiction set nearby. The three distinct voices were a creative way to tell the story, but I did get caught up in the grammer and poor English of the first two characters.
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Heather Feb 21, 2020 - 14:27 PM
Initially it took me a while to get into this book as I tended to keep seeing aspects (such as framing and structure) from the short fiction writing course. Tended to see Maxine instead of the book. Had to laugh in one section as there was material clearly from Pamela Wood; (close friend of Maxine) relating to dirt in early Dunedin. By the time I got to the second section spoken in Conran’s voice I was hooked. Wonderful story, tenderly told, very moving. I had to keep reading to find out what [...]
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Bachyboy Feb 21, 2020 - 14:27 PM
I almost gave this 5. I really enjoyed this tale of Ming Yuet, the Chinese girl who went to the goldfields of Arrowtown, disguised as a male. She encounters hardship and prejudice but along the way falls in love with a Scottish stonemason. Written in three parts, with three different narrators. Moving and beautifully crafted.
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Rachel Feb 21, 2020 - 14:27 PM
Historical fiction set in Otago, New Zealand. Better for the history than the fiction
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Linda Feb 21, 2020 - 14:27 PM
Loved it and passed it on to friends. Arrowtown was my playgroung as a child, so the historical side of this well written book was intresting.
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Ribbons of Grace By Maxine Alterio Ribbons of Grace is set in Arrowtown, a frontier town with an explosive mix of inhabitants, during the Otago goldrush of the 1860s It focuses on the love affair between Ming Yuet, a young Chinese woman, and Conran, an Orcadian stonemason This touching novel opens with Ming Yuet at the graveside of her and Conran s daughter, Fang Yin She is recounting the stories of theiRibbons of Grace is set in Arrowtown, a frontier town with an explosive mix of inhabitants, during the Otago goldrush of the 1860s It focuses on the love affair between Ming Yuet, a young Chinese woman, and Conran, an Orcadian stonemason This touching novel opens with Ming Yuet at the graveside of her and Conran s daughter, Fang Yin She is recounting the stories of their lives the loves, the heartbreaks, the friendships, the hatreds, the hopes and the losses Ming Yuet, an intelligent, resourceful young woman, has taken on the identity of her brother after he is killed by water pirates in China on his journey to New Zealand She lives for several years as a miner, her secret known only to a few Conran, a spirited, musical man, has escaped family tragedy to make a new life for himself in New Zealand The two characters meet when Conran rescues Ming Yuet from a flood, setting in motion a magical love affair The lovers must face prejudice and many challenges to allow their love to triumph Will desire or deception triumph Ribbons of Grace has three storylines and three narrators Ming Yuet, Conran, and Ida, an English nurse, with each telling their part of the narrative in a distinctive voice.

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