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The Jade Bracelet: A Novel [Paperback]

By Wilma Wall (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.63 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Kregel Publications
ISBN  0825439485  
EAN  9780825439483  

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Meet three generations of women bound by family---and divided by differences. Elsa resents her mother's domination. Born in China but an American, she's torn by opposite cultures. Her stern mother, reluctant missionary Rachel, turns to her granddaughter, Crystal, for solace. Will a trip back to China and a long-lost bracelet bring about reconciliation? 304 pages, softcover from Kregel.

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Interweaves China's history with one family's love for knowing God  Jan 17, 2007
Rachel the grandmother, Elsa the daughter, and Crystal the granddaughter are three generations of extraordinary, but significantly diverse women. Individual differences must be put aside when tragedy strikes and the communists invade China, the action element in The Jade Bracelet by Wilma Wall. Elsa finds herself angered by her mother's dominance while always having felt out of place as an American born in China to missionary parents. Only after her daughter Crystal is born can the pain and misunderstanding from past to present be bridged and ultimately healed.

Wall's story begins with a 1980s prologue and shifts back to China's communist days in the 1930s and forward again to present day. Experiences from Elsa's childhood provide the necessary background for China's history during the 1930s. Life as a missionary child and the bonds between family, country, and the unbelievers are clearly communicated and felt. The similarities between Rachel, Elsa, and Crystal are staggering - although they at first don't seem to notice their similar hearts, only that which divides them. Their compassion, pain, anger, jealousy, and search for something beyond each other is heartfelt, as it shows the feminine love/hate connection between women scattered across generations.

When Rachel, Elsa, and Crystal are brought together, each receives and learns the puzzle-piece history about their lives and why they act and feel as they do today. Elsa is still resentful of her mother Rachel, who never seemed to understand her need for love and acceptance. Rachel finds herself eager to return to the life she remembers in America before becoming a missionary in China. Despite her desire to return, that dream is shaken by the death of her husband. Instead of turning to her daughter for understanding, the walls between mother and daughter become even higher and thicker. When Elsa marries against Rachel's caution, Crystal is born and slowly begins to connect the severance between the two most important women in her life.

This is a heartfelt novel that interweaves China's communist-known history with the love one family has for serving and ultimately knowing God and each other. Only when Rachel forgives herself and others, Elsa practices understanding, and Crystal receives the love she deserves does resolution come for the three generations.

This book is highly recommended for women and late teen girls desiring to understand the powerful bonds God created among females. Believable and especially didactic, Wall's research also played a significantly positive foundation for China's time period and customs not commonly known by American readers. Ultimately, each character practices understanding and true forgiveness. - Kate E. Schmelzer,
Love The Jade Bracelet  Nov 20, 2006
I highly recommend this book!

Wilma Wall captures the angst and uncertainty of "Third-Culture kids." Those from one culture, with parents from a second culture, raised in another.

Elsa Meier is growing up in China. Her family must leave China as WW II looms. Elsa struggles with her mother's expectations for a Christian daughter, her grief over leaving China, and her attempts to fit in in America. When Elsa marries a man her mother disapproves of and gives birth to her daughter, their relationship takes an unexpected turn. A return trip to China brings peace and a new understanding of her mother to Elsa.

I loved this book. Wall does an exellent job of making the intricacies of Chinese culture simple enough for her reader to understand without disrespecting either the culture or the reader. Elsa is a real person whose hurts, foibles, and strengths leap off the page and into our hearts.
Highly recommended!!  Oct 5, 2006
Wall pens a gripping tale of competitive relationships between mothers and daughters. The child Elsa is culturally Chinese and at hem among the people. They are her people; her friends. When tragedy strikes the family and the Communists invade, they return to America. Elsa is burdened with guilt and at the same time resentful of her mother.

Unlike any book I've read, I found The Jade Bracelet to be as riveting as promised. Elsa wormed her way into my heart; I understood her mother's angst, and I cheered for Crystal. The culture of China in the 1930s came alive through Elsa's eyes, drawing the reader deeper into the story. The superstitious tales told by her Amah and frowned on by Rachel, deliciously entranced little Elsa and her younger brother, Jasper. I was fascinated by the custom called Kerchieh ... one mustn't accept an invitation the first time or one would seem too eager. Wall credibly portrays the difficulty Elsa has in assimilating the American culture. When Elsa becomes a mother, she finds herself in competition with her mother for her daughter's affection--and her mother's approval.

Haunting and deeply moving novel, The Jade Bracelet is highly recommended.

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