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Kirsty Manning Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Midsummer Garden (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Song of the Jade Lily (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Jewels (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The French Gift (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Kirsty Manning

Australian author Kirsty Manning is extremely well regarded due to her incisive historical novels, as she really pays close attention to detail. Having developed her own voice over the course of her writing career, she’s a writer who’s found a huge audience worldwide. Reaching readers from all backgrounds, she has become a hugely influential name within the industry, as well as working in journalism. Her brand is recognized by many, as she writes in a manner quite unlike any other, drawing from a vast range of inspiration.

Many of her books are epic in both their sense of scope and scale, as they really capture the period they’re set within. This is something that Manning excels at, writing stories that set her apart from others within her field, allowing the era to come alive on the page. Knowing the subject matter well too, she definitely understands how to convey certain ideas and feelings, delivering her stories in a direct and straightforward style. This is also true for her many characters too, as she writes protagonists that really stand out upon the page, leaving a long lasting impression.

There’s also plenty of warmth and heart in her novels too, as she writes with a great deal of sensitivity that really does resonate. Bringing the reader in, she holds them there throughout, keeping them hooked with each and every turn of the page. From her strongly written characters to her compelling storylines, she definitely is a master of her craft, from the first to the last page. This is something that she will carry on doing for many years to come, as she has a lot more novels yet to write.

Early and Personal Life

Born and raised in Armidale, northern New South Wales, in Australia, the future novelist to be Kirsty Manning would grow up with a keen interest in literature. This would continue for much of her life to follow, as she has nurtured her passion transforming it into a fully fledged career as a writer. Becoming a novelist with something interesting to say, she would continue to develop her craft throughout her higher education.

Attending university, she would go on to receive degrees in both communication and literature, something which would feed back into her work. Travelling the world, she would also see much of Europe, along with the United States, seeing the east and west coasts there, as well as Asia too. Currently living in Melbourne with her husband, she owns a wine-bar there, which has also won awards, much like her writing.

Writing Career

The first novel that Kirsty Manning would write was titled ‘The Midsummer Garden’ and it would come out in 2017. This wouldn’t be a part of any overall series, as it would be an entirely stand-alone title, helping establish her as a full-time novelist. Her novels have been translated into numerous different languages over the years as well, with her books reaching a worldwide audience. There’s more to follow too, as the critics keep singing her praises along with the general public, with more and more discovering her work all the time.

The Midsummer Garden

Originally brought out in 2017 on the 29th of March, this would be a stand-alone novel from Manning, not being a part of any series. Featuring both the past and the present coming together across time, it mixes genres for one compelling and engaging story. With strong characters throughout, it’s sure to bring in new fans of the author, as it would be her big literary debut.

Setting her up as a definite writer to watch, this really does feature everything, as there’s a lot of humor and heart in the story. Knowing her audience and readers well, it really does convey a sense of confidence for the first time novelist. It would also pave the way for more of her titles to follow, as this was a great sign of things to come in the future.

Running the kitchens in the Château de Boschaud 1487, Artemisia is young, but her knowledge of food is exemplary, having been taught the herbalists’ lore. There’s a wedding feast for Lord Boschaud, and once it is over she hopes she’ll move on from the walls of the château. Pip Arnet, in 2014, is examining threats to the ecosystem, working as an expert in Tasmania on the coastline there. Dealing with her fiancée Jack, it seems that he’s overlooking Pip’s dreams, and then some ornate copper pots arrive, interlinking the stories of both Artemisia and Pip. How are they connected to one another? Can they find what they’re looking for? What will become of the midsummer garden?

The French Gift

First published through ‘William Morrow Paperbacks,’ this would initially be released on the 31st of March in 2021. It would also be another novel combining the past and the present for the Australian author, as she’d bring them both to life in her novel. Creating a rich and compelling narrative, it would also be a stand-alone title, with the story again not being a part of any series.

There’s a lot to invest in here for the reader, as it’s not her first novel, showing a clear sense of development as an author. The book itself reads extremely well, and it’s very easy to get caught up in it, as it carries the reader along with her now signature confidence. With its many trials and tribulations, the story resonates on an emotional level, really capturing the essence of the characters.

In 1940 the former maid from the Riviera Margot Bisset finds herself in the Fresnes Prison, locked up in a cell with Josephine Murant the freedom fighter. Both of them are then sent off to Germany, as they’re transferred to a work camp there, with them both being bound by secrets for generations to follow. In the present day Evie Black lives with her teenage son Hugo, as the two of them live above a botanical bookshop, before being given the chance to spend a vacation in the Cote d’Azur. How will the murder of a famous novelist many years prior factor into this though? Can Evie solve it? What will become of the French gift?

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