In a district of the city of Harbin a haven for White Russian families since Russia's Communist revolution Alina Kozlova must make a heartbreaking decision if her only child Anya is to survive the final days of World War II. White Gardenia sweeps across cultures and continents from the glamorous nightclubs of Shanghai to the harshness of Cold War Soviet Russia in the 1960s from a desolate island in the Pacific Ocean to a new life in post-war Australia. Both mother and daughter must make sacrifices but is the price too high? Most importantly of all will they ever find each other again? Rich in incident and historical detail this is a compelling and beautifully written tale about yearning and forgiveness. White Gardenia announces the arrival of a powerful new talent.