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The Lotus Palace
by Jeannie Lin


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 theshadow of her infamous mistressuntil she meets thearistocratic playboy Bai Huang.

Bai Huang lives in a privileged world Yue-ying can barelyimagine, let alone share, but as they are thrown togetherin an attempt to solve a deadly mystery, they both start todream of a different life. Yet Bai Huang's position meansthat all she could ever be to him is his concubinewill she sacrifice her pride to follow her heart?"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780373777730
  • ISBN-10: 0373777736
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books
  • Publish Date: August 2013
  • Page Count: 384


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Books > Fiction > Romance - Historical - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Lin’s Tang Dynasty romance excels at the slow relationship build, despite a tacked-on mystery plot. Courtesan turned serving maid Yue-ying is certain that scholar and socialite Lord Bai Huang’s pursuit of her is just a drunken whim, especially considering the undesirable red birthmark that covers part of her face. But Lord Bai can’t stop thinking about Yue-ying, and when both become entangled in the investigation of another courtesan’s murder, they turn to each other for help, ignoring the social gulf between them. Yue-ying’s efforts to overcome the mental scars of her past are well balanced with a bittersweet realization that she could never settle for being Lord Bai’s concubine. As Lord Bai’s family demands that he submit to an arranged aristocratic marriage, the murder mystery eventually solves itself. Though the resolution to the class problem is artificially convenient, Lin (Sword Dancer) makes it feel emotionally true. (Sept.)

 
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