Last week, I picked up our office copy of The Gilded Fan by Christina Courtenay. The beautifully designed cover immediately caught my attention, and I decided to take it to the beach for a bit of light reading.
What an enjoyable book! This story follows Midori, a half Japanese, half English girl, who is forced to flee Japan when the Shodun decides all foreigners (even half foreigners) must be killed. She buys passage on Captain Nico Noordholt’s trading ship, and the story takes off from there. So many aspects caught and held my attention, from the dramatic romance at the center of the story, to the historical details that gave it all a sense of realism. I absolutely recommend this title. It was an entertaining read with just enough drama and suspense to keep my attention, and keep me guessing about the outcome. And I’m certainly not the only one who thinks so!
“This historical romance novel is a real page turner and full of suspense. I loved every bit from the first page to the last. The mixture between the turbulent events and the embedded love story is extremely well written.”
-Romantic Fiction Online
“Christina Courtenay can always be relied on to deliver a sweeping historical novel richly imbued with atmosphere, passion and intrigue and The Gilded Fan is certainly no exception. Exciting, daring and wonderfully emotional, The Gilded Fan transports readers back to the past and sweeps them up into a world of peril, danger and romance which they will never want to leave.”
It’s 1641, and when Midori Kumashiro, the orphaned daughter of a warlord, is told she has to leave Japan or die, she has no choice but to flee to England, her mother’s homeland. Midori is trained in the arts of war, but is that enough to help her survive a journey with a lecherous crew and an attractive captain she doesn’t trust? How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love?
Having come to Nagasaki to trade, the last thing Captain Nico Noordholt wants is a female passenger, especially a beautiful one. How can he protect her from his crew when he can’t keep his own eyes off her? During their journey, Nico and Midori form a tentative bond, but they both have secrets that can change everything. When they arrive in England, a civil war is brewing, and only by standing together can they hope to survive…
The prequel, The Scarlet Kimono won the 2011 Big Red Read Best Historical Fiction Award.
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