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The Gilded Fan (Choc Lit) (Kumashiro sries Book 2) (English Edition) par [Courtenay, Christina]
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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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HASH(0x92c55c9c) étoiles sur 5 Thrilling Historical Romance 4 mars 2013
Par Lincs Reader - Publié sur
Format: Broché
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.
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HASH(0x92c55d74) étoiles sur 5 Well-researched but Overlong 20 avril 2013
Par Rachel Anne Calabia - Publié sur
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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.)
HASH(0x92c5a1c8) étoiles sur 5 Authentic romantic escapism 24 février 2013
Par Beadyjan - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is the ultimate escapism novel, historic with well informed careful research, scenes delicately painted with beautiful words, romance and lovely well rounded characters who are a delight to spend time with.

The story begins in Japan with the orphaned heroine Midori, daughter of a Samurai warrior and an English woman, discovering her life is in imminent danger; her half brother helps secure her a passage on a merchant ship captained by Dutchman Nico Noordholt, and she sets sail for Amsterdam, intending to continue to England to throw herself on the mercy of her late mothers family in Plymouth. Although in many ways she has led a sheltered life and had a privileged upbringing, her training in sword fighting and self defense seem as though they may be put to good use when she finds herself the only female on board a ship with a crew of over 100 raucous seamen deprived of female company and Captain Nico begins to regret his decision to allow such an attractive young woman to disrupt his ship and finds she is on his mind far more than he imagined any woman would ever be.

The journey is fraught with danger and mishaps but Midori finds loyal friendship on board in unlikely places. Her arrival in England is no less eventful when she discovers secrets about her mothers family and struggles to adapt to their rigid Puritan way of life after the bountiful life filled with lavish colourful treasures and beauty which she has left behind. Civil war threatens to destroy her new found family and the fragile peace of mind in the new life she is trying to build.

Threaded through the story like a colourful thread running through a silk kimono is the attraction between Midori and Nico who seems destined to keep turning up.

It would enhance the story if you were to read The Scarlet Kimono first as its is the prequel, bit it works equally as well as a stand alone novel so don't let that put you off.

A lovely, well written and charming historical romance of the consistently exceptionally high standard I have come to know and expect from Choc-Lit books. Very highly recommended if you like spirited heroines, mouth watering heroes, gritty historical descriptions and tender romance rolled into a page turning package to take you away from your humdrum life for a few hours.
HASH(0x92c5a57c) étoiles sur 5 The Gilded Fan by Christina Courtenay 13 avril 2013
Par Rosemary Morris - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Midori Kumashiro loved her Japanese father, who trained her to be submissive toward her elders, to wield swords and to be loyal to her clan. In 1641 the Shogun ordered all Christians to be killed. Suspected of being a Christian, Midori's half-brother arranges for her to sail to England in the care of Nico, the captain of a merchant ship. During the voyage Midori and Nico are strongly attracted to each other, but must separate after Midori reaches her English mother's Puritan family in Plymouth. While practicing her father's religion in secret - asking her dead parents' spirits to help her - Midori tries her best to adapt to her new life but finds it very difficult, particularly during the years of the Civil War.

I really enjoyed The Gilded Fan which swept me into Midori's culture, and recreated Amsterdam and Plymouth in which Midori and Nico lived.

This well-written novel is the second which shares Christina Courtenay's knowledge of Japan, (the first was the excellent novel, The Red Kimono). I hope a third will follow.

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HASH(0x92c5a660) étoiles sur 5 Very enjoyable! 11 janvier 2013
Par Tara Chevrestt - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is the sequel to Scarlet Kimono. I think Scarlet Kimono is my favorite story still by Courtenay, mainly because of the adventure and the exotic setting, but this is just as well-written and has to be my favorite heroine.

Midori's parents are dead and her own country is exiling half-breeds like her. She's half Japanese, half foreigner, and during the time this book takes place, they were exiling all Christians whether they practiced or not, including those of Japanese blood, and though Midori doesn't practice Christianity, she must leave to save her life.

And this is why she runs into a group of seamen at camp and ends up in a sword fight. This is why she meets Nicco, the captain of a trading ship. This girl is imprisoned, put on a ship full of horny, vengeful men, drugged in an opium den, and yet still lands with dignity and grace in Plymouth England...where she has to suddenly convert to Puritan religion and customs.

Majority of us would have broke down at some point, but Midori handles everything life throws at her. She doesn't need a man. She proves time and time again she can do just fine without Nicco, the captain who has stolen her heart. Matter of fact, she turns him down at first.

But if he loves her, must must work for her, he must restore his honor as he lost it at some point in her eyes...and I'm not revealing a thing more.

The historical is rich and spot-on. The war with King Charles is ongoing throughout the last half of the novel and though I'm not overly fond of England's wars (Sorry, England. And I think this is why I prefer Scarlet Kimono.) and normally I wouldn't care less who won or not, I could really feel this little town, Midori's family included, really banding together. They have a lot of heart. Midori has a lot of heart. She runs out into BATTLE. I mean, I LOVE this chick.

I didn't think the romance was Courtenay's strongest, but I still enjoyed this story. It's an adventure tale following an amazing young woman who faces more in the span of a few years then many of us do in a lifetime. There's also a strong moral, more than one actually. Family is important, protecting them is important. Sometimes you must do what's right for them. And words...words can have more effect on people than you realize.
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