Reunite with Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s daughter Joy in the midst of China's Great Leap Forward. A continuation of the characters from her best seller Shanghai Girls.
Nineteen-year-old Joy Louie has run away from her home in 1950s America to start a new life in China. Idealistic and unafraid, she believes that Chairman Mao is on the side of the people, despite what her family keeps telling her.
Meanwhile, Pearl returns to China to bring Joy home - if she can. For Mao has launched his Great Leap Forward, and each passing season brings ever greater hardship. Pearl must use her contacts from her decadent childhood in 1930s Shanghai to find a way to safety - and a chance of joy for them both.
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a fantastic story!
I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I loved that everything was not given away in the beginning of the book. The author gave us enough description to understand the characters, then gave us more details of events as the book went on. It kept me hooked!
Of course, the ending was the most memorable. (I don't want to go into too many details. No need to spoil it for everyone!)
When Joy sent managed to get a letter through to her mother, so that she could be rescued.
I must admit I felt a bit naive about not knowing all the troubles that happened in China during Mao's reign. My heart wrenched every time the author described the way the chinese were lied to into thinking communism was the way forward.
I didn't listen to the first novel in this series before listening to Dreams of Joy, but I didn't think it made a difference. The story is self contained.
- Lyanne Court