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Perfect for book clubs, Mr Chen's Emporium is an enchanting historical love story, as East meets West in a sleepy NSW gold rush town.

Perfect for book clubs, Mr Chen's Emporium is an enchanting historical love story, as East meets West in a sleepy NSW gold rush town.

In 1872, seventeen-year-old Amy Duncan arrives in the Gold Rush town of Millbrooke, having spent the coach journey daydreaming about glittering pavilions and gilded steeples. What she finds is a dusty main street lined with ramshackle buildings.

That is until she walks through the doors of Mr Chen's Emporium, a veritable Aladdin's cave, and her life changes forever. Though banned from the store by her dour clergyman father, Amy is entranced by its handsome owner, Charles Chen . . .

In present-day Millbrooke, recently widowed artist Angie Wallace has rented the Old Manse where Amy once lived. When her landlord produces an antique trunk containing Amy's intriguingly diverse keepsakes – both Oriental and European – Angie resolves to learn more about this mysterious girl from the past.

And it's not long before the lives of two very different women, born a century apart, become connected in the most poignant and timeless ways.

Deborah O'Brien's fiction debut is a mesmerising story of forbidden love and following one's heart . . .

'A real charmer and a fine debut.' – Deborah Rodriguez, author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

Reviews

I loved every page of this beautiful book.

Newcastle Herald

In a word: enchanting.

Gold Coast Bulletin

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781742755557

    April 2, 2013

    Bantam Australia

    352 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781742755540

    September 18, 2012

    Bantam Australia

    352 pages

    RRP $29.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
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    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742755564

    September 3, 2012

    Random House Australia

    352 pages

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