Monday, April 21, 2014
THE LOTUS PALACE (JEANNIE LIN)
Harlequin|August 27, 2013|Mass Market Paperbound|ISBN: 978-0-373-77773-0
It is a time of celebration in the Pingkang li, where imperial scholars and bureaucrats mingle with beautiful courtesans. At the center is the Lotus Palace, home of the most exquisite courtesans in China.
Maidservant Yue-ying is not one of those beauties. Street-smart and practical, she's content to live in the shadow of her infamous mistress until she meets the aristocratic playboy Bai Huang.
Bai Huang lives in a privileged world Yue-ying can barely imagine, let alone share, but as they are thrown together in an attempt to solve a deadly mystery, they both start to dream of a different life. Yet Bai Huang's position means that all she could ever be to him is his concubine. Will she sacrifice her pride to follow her heart?
I don't know why, but I so enjoy any novel that is set anywhere in Asia. They are always so well-written and such interesting stories. This was no exception.