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The Scent of Frangipani

The Scent of Frangipani

Author(s): Anjana Rai Chaudhuri

Location(s): Singapore

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance

Era(s): 1930s



Colonial Singapore. A love triangle. Will one woman’s jealousy destroy everyone? It is 1931 in colonial Singapore. A Chinese bondmaid of fifteen stands trial for her aunt’s murder. Mei Mei, born on the inauspicious double seventh day, feels her doomed destiny taking over. The tide turns. Mei Mei and an English boy, Richard, fall in love. However, British-born Clementine has set her heart on marrying Richard and the social divide between coloniser and native keep the lovers apart. It is 1942. Japanese bombs are falling over Singapore. Richard rekindles his desperate romance with Mei Mei. To what lengths will Clementine go to separate the lovers? When Mei Mei disappears in the bombing and Richard is injured and loses his memory, is the path finally clear for Clementine to claim Richard as her own?

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Author: Tina Hartas

Set in the early / mid 20th Century (mainly the 1930s), this is a transportive novel that will whisk you away to colonial Singapore. Young Clementine has been banished to the island from England,...

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