The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel by Maureen Lindley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When I started this book, I couldn't put it down, but then the long chapters and long cast of characters wore me out (not to mention real-life intruding). The writing varied between very descriptive sex scenes and read-between-the-lines sex scenes, but there were alot of them. Some secondary characters could have used a little more fleshing out, but overall the story was well written.
Pub. Date: September 2009
Synopsis: An electrifying epic, based on the incredible true story of a Chinese princess turned spy.
Peking, 1914. When the eight-year-old princess Eastern Jewel is caught spying on her father’s liaison with a servant girl, she is banished from the palace, sent to live with a powerful family in Japan. Renamed Yoshiko Kawashima, she quickly falls in love with her adoptive country, where she earns a scandalous reputation, taking fencing lessons, smoking opium, and entertaining numerous lovers. Sent to Mongolia to become an obedient wife, Yoshiko mounts a daring escape and eventually finds her way back to Peking high society—this time with orders from the Japanese secret service.
Based on the true story of a rebellious woman who earned a controversial place in history, The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel is a vibrant reimagining of a thrilling life—a rich historical epic of palace intrigue, sexual manipulation, and international espionage.
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