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“Hart’s struggles adapting to Chinese culture, always feeling the pull and force of his Victorian British background, are compelling. His relationships with his concubine and his concubine’s sister are poignant—the novel is as much a study of the complexities of love as it is anything else. A powerful novel ...”

 — Judge of 2008 Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards


"Lofthouse eloquently weaves together historical facts into the lives and emotions of his characters … here is a story that will help you understand how one period can change the direction of the future—all for the love of a single woman."

— Peter N. Jones, Great New Books


"... packed cover to cover with intriguing characters and plot, a must read for historical fiction fans and a fine addition to any collection on the genre”
Midwest Book Review



“If even half of Lofthouse’s narrative is true, it’s a stunning work that enmeshes imperialism, modernity, miscegenation and plain old desire in a sweaty matrix of destruction and painful birth.”
City Weekend Magazine



"... those who are interested in unconventional romances with an out-of-the-ordinary setting will find plenty to enjoy.”
Historical Novels Review



background images from paintings by Xu Xiao-dong, Zhouzhuang, China