Temperance Marston longs to escape war-torn England and explore the exotic empire of Japan. When offered the chance to accompany her cousin and Captain Noordholt on a trading expedition to Nagasaki, she jumps at the opportunity. However, she soon finds the country’s strict laws for foreigners curtail her freedom.
On a dangerous and foolhardy venture she meets Kazuo, a ronin. Kazuo is fascinated by her blonde hair and blue eyes, but he has a mission to complete and he cannot be distracted. Long ago, his father was accused of a crime he didn’t commit – stealing a valuable jade lioness ornament from the Shogun – and Kazuo must restore his family’s honour.
But when Temperance is kidnapped and sold as a concubine, he has to make a decision – can he save her and keep the promise he made to his father?
Read on for my thoughts on The Jade Lioness. No true spoilers, promise.
The Jade Lioness is a story that completely took me away from my everyday life. Perhaps it was the unique setting. Or the excellent world building. Maybe it was the strong relationship between Kazuo and Temperance, almost completely unheard of for the time of this novel. For a rare moment for me, I cannot truly tell you exactly what made this story touch me so much. Yet it drew me in, changed how I saw things and touched my heart in ways I didn’t expect when I started to read this novel.
When I think of Japan of this time period, my mind automatically goes to the novel and then the mini-series Shogun. I’m not making a comparison between the two novels – but doing that gave me a mental picture to use during this novel. With what I already had in mind, add the additional world building for these two characters and what they experienced just made such a clear picture, for me, of the surroundings of the story.
Did Temperance and Kazuo get their happily ever after? Not telling, you need to read this one.
If you enjoy stepping back in time to a totally unique time in history. If you love an opposites truly attract love story. If you can root for the underdog couple to find their happy ending. Then this is a novel you would enjoy.
Mystery, danger, rescues, love that will fight against cultures to survive. – yeah, this is one that I’d recommend to anyone who is willing to take chances in their reading, who loves experiencing the unexpected. This one is worth the time.
*I received an e-ARC of The Jade Lioness from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
~What you, the reader, always must remember is this simple truth. Any review is just one person’s opinion. You might feel the same or totally different. The only way to know for certain if any novel is right for you – is for you to read it. This was my opinion of this particular book.~
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