Book Thoughts by Rachelle
This beautiful novella packed a powerfully moving story in a short form. I was happily surprised at the emotional depth in this story. Heather is a master storyteller! I loved the setting of China moving through the ages that brought this story to life. I’m so impressed at the fine details she incorporates in such a way that immerses the reader in the story.
If the rest of the novels in this series are even close to this good, I know I’ll be in for a decadent reading treat!
Here’s more about the book:
A prequel novella to the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER Series
Mystical . . . Beautiful . . . Romantic . . .
Read the matchmaker’s story to find out where it all starts . . .
Mae Li has been in love with Chen Zhu for years, and he with her. But when the matchmaker arrives at the Zhu family home, she recommends another village girl for Chen.
Heartbroken, Mae Li watches as Chen does his duty by marrying another. Mae flees her village with the clothes on her back and her only possession—a pearl embedded comb, given to her as a goodbye gift from Chen Zhu.
Upon Mae’s arrival in Shanghai, she quickly learns that she’ll starve within days unless she sells her prized comb or joins a courtesan house. She goes to the Huangpu River and promises the River God that she’ll always be selfless if he will save her from becoming a prostitute . . . Her wish is granted when Ms. Tan, the matchmaker of Shanghai, finds Mae. But Mae must completely change her future and her name if she is to become the next matchmaker.
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