Category: Historical Fiction
Tour Dates: June, 2012
Available in Print and Kindle, 621 Pages
I know virtually nothing of China’s history, and Robert Hart is a character I have never heard of before the reading of this book. I was fascinated and horrified from the beginning as the author described China of the 1800’s. There was honestly never a dull moment in this book, and I was so pleased to find that the historical accuracy was amazing. I appreciate the research that the author did–he explained this at the beginning of the book–and I was even more pleased to discover that what I was reading was verifiable by several outside sources.
The detail in this book is fascinating. There were times I wondered if the author was being too detailed, but I decided that I would not care about things nor understand things as well had he not included each and every detail. I also appreciated the non-judgmental attitude with which the author wrote. I would have struggled to remain objective, but it is clear that the author wrote with objectivity and with heart–a rare combination.
I felt that this book helped me to understand why the Chinese (and Asians in general) are so resistant to the gospel. Why would the Chinese want a God who wanted to control their country, take their resources, rape their women, and addict them to opium? Robert Hart did more for the people of China than any of these so-called missionaries.
Was I offended during the reading of the book? There were a few words I would not use, and sometimes the bedroom scenes were hot and heavy, but I found that none of this took away from my enjoyment of the book. The violence is descriptive but necessary. And just about the time you think that everything is calm again, tragedy strikes yet again.
This is a book I would recommend to lovers of historical fiction. It has a little bit of something for everyone: danger, romance, and even emotion. It is a read that requires a significant investment in time, but i feel it is well worth it.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100 percent mine, and I was not financially compensated.
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In cooperation with this tour, the author has a very special giveaway. Here is the information.
between May 30, 2012 and June 30, 2012
during “The Concubine Saga” Web Tour
and automatically be entered into a drawing
to win a limited edition, signed and numbered hard-cover copy of the novel.
(NOTE: only one limited-edition, hard-cover copy is available to give away)