Kirsty Manning is the bestselling author of The Midsummer Garden,The Jade Lily (published in North America as The Song of the Jade Lily), The Lost Jewels and The French Gift. Her historical novels have been published in Australia and New Zealand, North America, and translated into several languages including German, Dutch and Serbian. Kirsty grew up in northern New South Wales, Australia and has degrees in literature and communications. A country girl with wanderlust, her travels and studies have taken her through most of Europe, the East and West coasts of the United States as well as pockets of Asia. Kirsty lives in a house in an old chestnut grove in the Mount Macedon region of Victoria and together with her husband she is a part-owner of the award-winning Melbourne wine bar Bellota and the Prince Wine Store in Melbourne and Sydney.