Thursday, 28 June 2012

Review: My Fair Concubine - Jeannie Lin

My Fair Concubine
The Nobleman Who Turned a Tea Girl Into a Princess...
Yan Ling tries hard to be servile—it's what's expected of a girl of her class. Being intelligent and strong-minded, she finds it a constant battle. 

Proud Fei Long is unimpressed by her spirit—until he realizes she's the answer to his problems. He has to deliver the emperor a "princess." In two months can he train a tea girl to pass as a noblewoman? 

Yet it's hard to teach good etiquette when all Fei Long wants to do is break it, by taking this tea girl for his own... 

My thoughts:
I liked this one for the simply reason that it was so different from the historical romance that I have read before. I loved going back to China 800 AD and experiencing something totally new. The clothes, the manners everything needed to transport me there.

The story is a take on my fair lady as Fei Long needs a"princess" and fast. So he takes on Yan Ling and tries to teach her etiquette and everything else needed. She is to be a peace bride and sent away to distant lands. The whole princess part is not really true as the Emperor has found ways to cheat sending his own daughters and instead he can make a high ranking nobleman's daughter a princess. Still Yan Ling has a long way to go, or at least cheat her way through as what would her family know in the end.

Yan Ling saw a way to a new life and who can blame her. She is also strong and speaks her mind. Even if she tries her best not to. While our hero Fei Ling is quiet, strong, proud and wants to the best for his family so they will not be ruined.

And of course they fall in love, but slowly, and it takes time as they are from two different worlds. They are careful about their true emotions as they should be. It's a delicate dance as they both have their duty to fulfill and that is not to love each other.

I really must read more by her after this. I wish all historical romances could be this different, new and wonderful. I fear I have been stuck in regency land way too long, or playing with Highlanders.

Conclusion:
A wonderful story in a rich setting.

Cover:
One of the most beautiful this year

Series: Tang Dynasty #3
Genre: Historical romance
Pages: 280
Published: May 2012 by Harlequin


46 comments:

Carole Rae said...

ooooooooooh, I can't wait to read this one! The cover is simply beautiful and the man isn't bad either. haha.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

It does sound unique - and I like the cover!

Jenny said...

Wow, this sounds really fantastic! I love to find something new and different in a genre I love. I'll have to give this one a try!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Well, I don't mind "playing" with highlanders... ;) but I do love something different! I've been curious about this one and you just pushed it on my wishlist!

Blodeuedd said...

I so want her clothes, and the guy ;)

Elysium said...

This sounds very good and different. Every book I've read set in China has been in 1800's and I'd love to read something different. And the cover is pretty :)

Blodeuedd said...

Same here, 1800 or 1900s, but this one was old. Like those awesome movies I like, Hero, Flying daggers :)

Blodeuedd said...

The covers draws me in every time

Blodeuedd said...

It was great :D Sure I adore regency romances, but this one was so great and different. I want more like this. New places, new times

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I want it! Awesome review, I love going to different periods in history.

Blodeuedd said...

Hihi, I do like my alpha highlanders, but it's great to try something new and different :D

Blodeuedd said...

Being a history lover, this was just golden for me

Yvonne said...

This sounds really different. I'm not big on historical fiction, but I've been reading about so many good ones I probably should check out a few. I'll keep my eyes open for this one.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Very elaborate book cover. And different can definitely be good.

Anna said...

I've never read a book set during that period, so that in itself intrigues me.

Chris said...

If you're ok with reading a book of ancient China that isn't a romance but rather a fantasy, try Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China that Never Was.

The Bookworm said...

This sounds so nice. You are right, it's not good to be stuck in the same genre for too long, change is good. Cute cover too!

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I loved this book and highly recommend you checking out Lin's other writings-I think you'll love the setting as well :)

Anachronist said...

I've read several reviews of this one on GR. I don't know. I might be tempted but My Fair Lady is such a cliche...

BookaholicCat said...

I want to read this book just because is different from the norm. I'm adding it to my TBR. Thank for the recommendation ;)

Blodeuedd said...

And this is then romance :)

Blodeuedd said...

I do love the cover, sooo pretty :D

Blodeuedd said...

Neither have I, not even fiction

Blodeuedd said...

I have to have a look at it :)

Blodeuedd said...

Change is sure good :) And I'd sure love more like this

Blodeuedd said...

I'll take your word for it :D

Blodeuedd said...

But in the end everything is one big cliche

Blodeuedd said...

Good :) It's good to try other things too

Jenny Girl said...

From the title of the book, I wouldn't pick it up, but once I read your thoughts, I changed my mind. Thanks B :)

roro said...

sounds gr8
tnx 4 the the review

Melliane said...

Oh I don"t think I read a book on that period, so intriguing. It's great to have a different book, it's sometimes very difficult...

Aurian said...

Nice review, yours is the third I read about this book that makes me want it in my own hands asap!

Anonymous said...

I love that this is set in China and I love the title - very cool!

Jenny N. said...

I hardly see any books that take place in ancient China. It sounds good so I will have to look into this series and check out the other books too.

Blodeuedd said...

I am glad to hear that :)

Blodeuedd said...

You're welcome :)

Blodeuedd said...

Me neither and that was sure fun :D

Blodeuedd said...

Good to hear :) Yup it's just something about this book

Blodeuedd said...

So different :D Have to love that

Blodeuedd said...

It sure is hard to find any books from this period or any period really

Staci said...

Such a cool twist with this book being set in China!!!

Blodeuedd said...

I know :D

Teddyree said...

This sounds wonderful, I love reads set in ancient China or Japan, although it's been a while since I've read one

Blodeuedd said...

Ohh ancient Japan, now I really wanna find more books like this one

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I've read very little in this period. I like the sound of this one but I really don't like the cover. It looks too cheesy.

Blodeuedd said...

You do not? I just love it :D
But yes not much set in this period at all

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