Author(s): Deborah O'Brien
'A real charmer and a fine debut.' - Deborah Rodriguez, author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul Mr Chen's Emporium is an enchanting tale of forbidden love and following one's heart...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 is a teacher, visual artist and writer. Although she was born and educated in Sydney, her family hails from the gold districts of central-western NSW, where they settled during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Together with her husband, son and collie dog, she divides her time between the city and a country cottage, overlooking a creek frequented by platypus. It is her dream to own a small herd of alpacas. She has authored several non-fiction books, contributed articles to a variety of magazines and written short stories. Mr Chen's Emporium is her first novel.