Portrait of Stella

A fake birth certificate No record of her existence in the UK data base Jemima Ashton is desperate to discover her real identity With scant information and the burning question who am I , she embarks on an incredible journey of detection On learning of her late mother Stella s disappearance during WWII, she retraces her footsteps across the globe and at a distant vinA fake birth certificate No record of her existence in the UK data base Jemima Ashton is desperate to discover her real identity With scant information and the burning question who am I , she embarks on an incredible journey of detection On learning of her late mother Stella s disappearance during WWII, she retraces her footsteps across the globe and at a distant vineyard, unearths a family she had no idea existed While treading a path of narrow minded bigotry, scandalous revelations emerge of two families inextricably linked by one woman and the drastic steps they took to hide the truth A fake birth certificate No record of her existence in the UK data base Jemima Ashton is desperate to discover her real identity With scant information and the burning question who am I , she embarks on an incredible journey of detection On learning of her late mother Stella s disappearance during WWII, she retraces her footsteps across the globe and at a distant vineyard, unearths a family she had no idea existed While treading a path of narrow minded bigotry, scandalous revelations emerge of two families inextricably linked by one woman and the drastic steps they took to hide the truth.
Portrait of Stella A fake birth certificate No record of her existence in the UK data base Jemima Ashton is desperate to discover her real identity With scant information and the burning question who am I she embarks

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  1. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The author pretty much had me on page one, and the momentum continued. In fact, I was reading a best selling made into a movie book for my book club and put it aside for this book. I finished in two days, savoring every word.It was a mystery, a historical novel, with a smidgen of romance. In retrospect there was actually a lot of romance in that the main characters (most of them) were driven by love. By smidgen, I mean the sex parts were ju [...]

  2. “Often the right path is the one that may be hardest for you to follow. But the hard path is also the one that will make you grow as a human being.”----Karen Mueller Coombs, authorSusan Wüthrich, an English author, has envisioned a heart-touching story in her debut book, Portrait of Stella, which is about the journey of a young woman, named Jemima searching for her real identity and roots.Synopsis: A fake birth certificate! No record of her existence in the UK data base. Jemima Ashton is de [...]

  3. I received this book for free from net-galley. From the blurb, I was expecting a sweet historical romance with a touch of mystery, and I'm not sure I'd catergorise it as any of those genres. I would call it a good old fashioned sweeping family saga. (I'm sure some of you have worked it out, but I haven't yet garnered an idea of how long a book is when I view it in the ebook format.) I'm not complaining, mind you, as I enjoyed the book immensely. The book's narrator is the Stella from the title's [...]

  4. Jemima is extremely shocked when she receives a letter from Immigration. Her birth certificate is a forgery. There is no record of her existing in the UK. She is desperate to discover who she really is. Her mum has died and she has to turn to her grandma to try and find out what her past really holds. She discovers that her dad wasn’t who he said he was.It was a really spellbinding tale- drawing you into the mystery and willing her to find out her history. We travel from the 80’s back to war [...]

  5. What a great book! I usually take a week to read a book, and all was going well until the MC went to Africa, from then on I could not put it down. I have sat all day today doing nothing else. No housework done and my poor dogs have not even had a walk! The story is amazing. I read for entertainment but I also like to learn something new. That’s probably why I like historicals and do not like fantasy or sci-fi. This story certainly educated me on the days of Apartheid, of which I knew very litt [...]

  6. Portrait of Stella is the story of a woman, from whom the knowledge of her birth was withheld for no reason other than to protect her from the ugliness of the societal conduct she would otherwise have had to endure. This book illustrates the phrase 'Desperate times call for desperate measures' in a way no other text has ever been able to.The story has been set in two different eras. The 1950's and 1980's. An unprecedented revelation about the identity of Jemima Ashton, or lack thereof leaves her [...]

  7. I received a free eBook copy of 'Portrait of Stella' from the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.A passport application can change your life around - well it certainly did for Jemima. A rejected passport application leads to a near worldwide quest for her true identity. Jemima, the protagonist, finds out her mother and father aren't at all the people she thought they originally were. Her life is flipped on it's head changing everything - for better or worse! Set dur [...]

  8. 3.5If you've ever watched the TV shows "Long Lost Family" or "Who do you think you are?", this book is like an amalgamation of these two shows. The title gives the gist of the story, which is about one lady who seeks to understand her mother, Stella's, hidden past to uncover her own mysterious origins.The story is quite an epic one, spanning over two generations. It takes you across three different continents; through World War II and into the 2000s. The details of the story are interesting and [...]

  9. Jemima gets the shock of her life when she gets a very official letter from Immigration asking her to contact them when she applies for a passport. Apparently, her birth certificate is a forgery, there is no proof that her father was born in the UK and hence she is looked at with suspicion.Jemima's mother has passed away and it is only her grandmother, old and frail who may be able to help Jemima to put the pieces of her life together. Unravelling it a piece at a time, Jemima comes across a puzz [...]

  10. Portrait of Stella by Susan Wüthrich is an interesting read that goes back and forth between the past and the present day. I have never read this author before and I would probably pick up another book by her. Portrait of Stella had some engaging characters and a decent plot line. There was a lot to enjoy about the book. Jemima grew up living a lie. Everything she thought that she knew was a lie. Her world was rocked from the moment she got the call that her birth certificate was a fake and tha [...]

  11. Portrait of Stella is a tale of a woman’s search to discover who she is, of old family secrets and a history wrought of disparity. Spanning from the tumultuous years of the Second World War to the dawning changes of early twenty first century, Jemima’s journey takes her to an abandoned vineyard where a shocking surprise awaits her. In short, it reads like a vintage family saga but with a dash of modern writing style. Susan Wuthrich’s debut novel pulsates with remarkable drama, thorough res [...]

  12. As others have mentioned, I wasn't sure what to expect from the blurb when I requested a copy of this book through Netgalley. I think family saga sums it up best. Jemima needs her passport renewed for a business trip she's about to take, but instead, she receives word her birth certificate appears to be fake. This, coming soon after the death of her mother, leads Jemima across several continents and even more decades in search of the truth about who she is and details about the father she never [...]

  13. I would like you to know how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading the debut novel by Susan Wuthrich called Portrait of Stella. It was hard to put down and I could have read through the night in order to find out if Jemima (the main character) finds out the truth about her birth certificate and her late mother Stella. The story cleverly weaves back and forth between the war-time Britain in the 1940's and the 1980's, and spans across several continents with twists and turns, as we follow Jemima's adv [...]

  14. I liked it very much. The story line is well-paced with well developed characters, along with the meticulous research and attention to detail which makes this a most enjoyable book. It is about a woman seeking to gain knowledge of her mother's past. Her quest leads her to several countries and to some unexpected knowledge about her family. The book also offers some insight into the social and political climate and conflicts in South Africa at the time the action takes place. I highly recommend t [...]

  15. Portrait of StellaBy Susan WuthrichRead 25th July 2014I highly recommend this wonderful book. It is the story of a search by Jemima, Stella’s daughter, into her mother’s past. There is an excellent balance of fact and fiction and the factual content was well researched. The story weaves back and forth between war-time Britain and the 1980’s. A long read crammed with detail and excellent characters. I award this book 5 stars.

  16. This book struck the right balance of fact and fiction. The fiction captured the early life of Stella, which was pieced together by her daughter Jemima. Jemima's exploration into her mother's past was a cruel reminder of the aspects and consequences of apartheid. I found the factual content was extremely well researched. I highly recommend 'Portrait of Stella.'

  17. Portrait of Stella had me gripped from the beginning. Starting off in England, the protagonist travels far and wide in search of her real identity. From the rolling hills of Shropshire to the beautiful City of Wellington and on to the vineyards of South Africa, where many shocks await her.

  18. When you Combine all the components that tell the Story of Stella, it becomes a 'must read'. History, crime and a love Story to remember. Definitely m.

  19. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was gripped from the beginning and just had to know about Jemima and her roots.

  20. Book provided by netgalley in exchange for a review.This book is split across multiple countries and multiple decades as Jemima goes in search of answers. In the early 1980s it starts innocently enough, as Jemima goes to renew her passport. Recently divorced from her English husband, it turns out to be more difficult than she thoughta check of her papers show her birth records have been forged, and that she doesn't really exist. She no longer qualifies for a British passport as the wife of a Bri [...]

  21. This story of a young woman searching for her roots is quite compelling. It goes back and forth between the 1980s and the 1940s (before, during, and after WWII). While in the 1980s part of the story, the characters seemed rather one-dimensional and added little to the story, I found the characters and story from the war years fascinating. I particularly loved the author's descriptions of the areas the main character visits in search of her roots. The descriptions of New Zealand, England, and Sou [...]

  22. 'Portait of Stella' is a great read. It has a good plot, lots of hisorical and political background and interesting real-life characters, in fact everything. I was sorry when I came to the end as I was enjoying it so much.

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