Kristy Manning’s ‘The Jade Lily’ is a powerful tale of friendship, loyalty and the importance of knowing one’s roots. The novel follows the journey of Alexandra Laird, a Londoner who returns to Australia to be with her sick Grandfather. But as Alexandra begins to try to adjust to the idea of her grandfather passing away her family’s secret history begins to unravel. The truths revealed change Alexandra’s entire view of how she sees her family and herself.


The Jade Lily is a beautifully written novel that highlights the significance of trust and familial bonds. The female friendships are refreshingly written to empower one another. The Jade Lily is a heartwarming and tragic tale that is most definitely worth a read.