Time for Habo-licious Wednesday! Today’s request comes from Barbara:
I read this book about 20 years ago, but it might have been older. It was a
historical, and not part of a series. I remember lots of details, but no
names, title and the like. What I still remember is that it was very
different from any other romance from that time, and I think it still is,
and that is why I would like some help to find it, so I could read it again.
The hero (British, lord James Something, bright red hair), who is traveling
in Asia – some remote part of china, I think – stays at an old man’s house
– a refuge maybe? This old man has a pretty granddaughter, who is half
Chinese(?) and half British – I think she was actually some other minor
Asian ethnicity, crushed by the Chinese, because I vaguely remember that her
mixed heritage was the reason she spent her life hidden and protected by her
grandfather. During his stay, another traveler tries to rape the heroine,
but the hero gets there in the nick of time, saves her and kills the guy.
Her grandfather asks him to take her to England with him, because he is
dying and there is no one to protect her, but he refuses and leaves. Some
time later the grandfather dies and she is taken and sold to a brothel. On
her first night of “work” she is drugged and is “encouraged” to be part
of a orgy. The hero, who is watching it, recognizes her and saves her again.
This time he takes her to England with him. There, lots of stuff happens-
she is a foreigner and looks like it, there is a lot of prejudice – but the
actual facts I really don’t remember.
They marry and live happily ever, no
for a long time. I vividly remember the epilogue – SPOILER ALERT – where
they fast forward some 30 years, the hero is already dead and the heroine
passes away when she sees her grandson, who is the spitting image of her
I would love to read this book again and fill in the blanks. Can you help me
Whoa, epilogues after they pass away? That’s a device I haven’t encountered much. Anyone remember this book?