The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd

About the book

In 1903, a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attache in Peking. But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman, scandalizing the British community. Casting her out of the European community, her compatriots tear her away from her small daughter. A woman abandoned and alone, Mary learns to survive over forty tumultuous years in Asia, including two world wars and the cataclysmic Tokyo earthquake of 1923.


Reviewed by EMS Valley U3A

A fascinating story written in chronological order for a change! A story of a woman’s journey from innocent young girl to strong business woman. We were all amazed that it was written by a man. Some of the interesting insights and descriptions of Chinese / Japanese culture and to women’s feelings and fashions we felt were very feminine. A very good read.”

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  1. Reviewed by Stockbridge Reading Group

    “All our members thoroughly enjoyed this book, admiring the author’s ability to create such a strong and convincing heroine. A fascinating evocation of the social moves of the time and an atmospheric portrait of Japan

    star rating ****


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