Kelly Boyd wants nothing more than to be with her family. Even if her work as a nurse was demanding and tiring, and even if therewasn't much color in her marriage, she'd look forward to the weekend and to precious time with her six grown children and husband, Steve. Thepresence of Karen, her sister, is also a great addition to the familylife she'd dreamed about while growing up. Married for over forty-fiveyears now, Kelly is fulfilled and grateful... until a stranger appearson their doorstep one Friday evening in autumn. Now, she and her familywill have to confront a part of her husband that she hasn't knownbefore. What really happened to him during those years he was away inVietnam? The Jade Emperor by Suzanne Jenkins is a powerful story thatexplores the dynamics of family life, secrets, and what it takes toembrace the past when it catches up with us.
Suzanne Jenkins writes with simplicity and a confidence that willimmediately appeal to the reader. She opens her story with a powerfulexploration of one of the key characters, Kelly, taking readers deepinto her psychology. It doesn't take long for the reader to notice thatSteve has been distant from his wife and has manifested an aloofattitude since his return from the war. The reader will love the dramawhen the truth about his past resurfaces. Lee is a character whose rolein the story is indispensable and I enjoyed the way she is developed.The author is a great storyteller who combines the masterful use ofdialogues with crisp and vivid descriptions to pull readers into theplot. The Jade Emperor is a wonderful story, highly engaging andabsorbing, driven by a huge conflict.