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The Gilded Fan (Choc Lit) (Kumashiro Series Book 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Christina Courtenay

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How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love?
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. 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?

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…

Winner of the 2014 Best Historical Novel of the Year Award.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 589 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 400 pages
  • Editeur : Choc Lit (31 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00AN9NX1G
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Well-researched but Overlong 20 avril 2013
Par Rachel Anne Calabia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Midori Kumashiro is the daughter of a runaway English girl and a Japanese daimyo. Her mixed heritage and her green eyes, however, are only liabilities when the shogun declares Christianity illegal. It doesn't matter if Midori is keener to practice her father's sword moves than her mother's religion--Midori must flee for her life. With her half-brother's help, Midori finds passage on a Dutch cargo ship.

Newly-made Captain Nico Noordholt is attracted to the only female passenger on his vessel--unfortunately, she arouses less than chivalrous feelings in his crew, too. Captain Nico is forced to repeatedly protect Midori from all unwanted sexual advances, and this includes suppressing his own impulses.

Dense with historical minutiae, Courtenay manages to shift her story deftly from Edo-era Japan to Puritan England. While some of the later chapters feel overlong, The Gilded Fan is still an above-average read due to all the research that went into it. Unlike other romance novels, this book is brave enough to dabble with themes of religious intolerance and hypocrisy. The Gilded Fan is literally a trip around the world--although some readers might not want to stay on board for the entire journey.

(This piece previously appeared in the San Francisco Book Review.)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Thrilling Historical Romance 4 mars 2013
Par Lincs Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Gilded Fan by Christina Courtenay was published by Choc Lit at the beginning of February this year. This is Christina Courteney's fifth novel and although it is a sequel to her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, it is easily read as a stand-alone novel. In fact, The Gilded Fan is the first of Courteney's books that I've read, but I will most certainly be on the look out for her earlier novels if this is anything to go by.

Historical fiction is not usually my first choice of genre, and I'll admit that when I realised that The Gilded Fan was set in the 1600s, and in China, I was pretty dubious as to whether I would enjoy it. I really shouldn't have worried, the writing is so accessible, not in the least bit dry and old-fashioned - it's a really fast moving and exciting story.

Beginning in 1641 in China, the reader is introduced to Midori Kumashiro, the daughter of a Japanese warlord and his English wife. Midori's parents are both now dead and the new Shogun has declared that all residents of foreign extract must leave or die. Midori hates the thought of leaving her homeland, the place where she had a happy and loving life, but realises that she has no alternative. Her step-brother risks his own life to enable her to get a passage to Amsterdam on a cargo ship.

Nico Noordholt is the captain of the ship and the last thing he wants or needs is a solitary female passenger on board his ship, amongst his crew for months on end. Despite this, Midori shows courage and cunning when dealing with him and before Nico knows it, he has a passenger.

The story then follows Nico and Midori's journey to Europe, but not before Midori has to fight for her life after being captured by the Shogun's forces. The journey takes many months and Midori faces many dangers throughout.

The Gilded Fan is steeped in history; from China, to Amsterdam and finishing with the Civil War fought between the Royalists and the Parliament in the South of England. Christina Courteney has obviously researched her subject very well and has produced a story that both informs and excites the reader. Midori and Nico are wonderful lead characters. Midori's strength and beliefs inform her actions, she is a strong-minded, and fair person whose passion sometimes allows her to get carried away. Nico is something of an enigma, often surly but always loyal, he struggles to stop his heart ruling his heart.

The clash of different cultures is highlighted when Midori reaches England, and finds that her family are Puritans - they wear no bright colours, own nothing that could be considered pretty and live a very simple and quite frugal life. Midori has been brought up with beautiful silks, servants and good food. She is a trained warrier and has a mind of her own. Her internal struggle to be accepted by her new family whilst remaining loyal to the memory of her parents often causes her a lot of pain and grief.

I have been very impressed by The Gilded Fan, the historical detail is stunning, and Courteney has a real skill in transporting the reader back. Her characters are colourful and realistic, often troubled and flawed, but realistic and honest.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitely worth the read! 19 mai 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A little long, but definitely worth the read! A different sort of tale about culture and religious differences and love!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I didn't think this would be a good book, but I was wrong! 20 décembre 2013
Par Richard Nagel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A must read! Make sure you also read Scarlet Kimono as well! The 2 books present a story of a young English girl who ends up in Japan - married to a Daimyo, has a daughter who is forced to leave Japan and goes back to England only to return to Japan with her English husband.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story 28 août 2013
Par Jacob - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Great read. Wish there was a sequel and not just the prequel. A well balanced romance and adventure and very descriptive. Cant wait to go to the countryside of Japan.
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