The Lotus Palace
Chinese historical romance and mystery set in the Tang DynastyIt 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... show more
Chinese historical romance and mystery set in the Tang DynastyIt 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, yet 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?
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: August 27th 2013
Pages no: 378
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Romance
, Asian Literature
, Historical Mystery
Series: The Pingkang Li Mysteries (#1)
I think this is the most romantic of Jeannie Lin's books I've read so far. All the other ones seem to be so forbidden all the time, stolen moments of bliss against a situation of how the relationship would never be accepted by society. Sure, this has that too, but it takes some time to get there. Th...
I think this was the first of Jeannie Lin's books not to show up in the books section at my local Walmart – had I seen it, I'd certainly have bought it, because I've liked or loved everything of hers that I've read so far. Instead, I ended up checking it out through my library.This book is set in Ta...
I found this author through a review by Khan about it's sequel (which also made me want to watch The Curse of the Golden Flower). So me being me can't knowingly start a series in the middle, got a hold of the first book the Lotus Palace. It had a very slow start up until the halfway mark, it pick...
This was my first historical romance in Chinese culture. I'd read some fantasy based on old myths, but never anything set in "real life." The culture of the pleasure houses is very vibrant. If the woman is considered a great beauty, she can live a life of ease - hosting grand parties and holding dis...
Basically, it's the good old story of the plain girl who's not so plain and who gets the handsome guy. The mystery is weak and more a pretext to bring the characters together than a carefully plotted intrigue, the romance doesn't need 378 pages and becomes repetitive after a while, I couldn't susp...