I read this book as part of a bookring and absolutely loved it.
The novel is about the life of a Chinese girl living in Seventeenth Century China. Although at the time education for women and allowing women to the theatre were looked down upon, Peony is encouraged by her father to love literature. The book centre around the famous Chinese play, Peony in the Pavillion, and the story and characters of the novel grow to reflect those from the play.
Peony meets and falls in love with a hansome stranger just months before her arranged wedding, when her mother finds out she is locked away in her bedroom, and so the story of unforgetable love begins....
I thought that this book was well written and I learnt a large amount about Chinese customs, beliefs, herbal medicine and literature.
Definately well worth picking up.
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