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Peony in Love
Peony in Love | Lisa See
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Peony has neither seen nor spoken to any man other than her father, a wealthy Chinese nobleman. Nor has she ever ventured outside the cloistered women's quarters of the family villa. As her sixteenth birthday approaches she finds herself betrothed to a man she does not know, but Peony has dreams of her own. Her father engages a theatrical troupe to perform scenes from The Peony Pavilion, a Chinese epic opera, in their garden amidst the scent of ginger, green tea and jasmine. 'Unmarried girls should not be seen in public,' says Peony's mother, but her father allows the women to watch from behind a screen. Here, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man and is immediately bewitched. So begins her unforgettable journey of love, desire, sorrow and redemption.
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Judybskt
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This was a good read. Very enjoyable. 🌺🌸

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Judybskt
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New book with morning coffee.

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rmaclean4
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I have owned this for years and finally got it read! I found the afterward the most interesting part of this novel. It tells of the origin of the story and I wish I had that information before diving into the novel. I found that it dragged in places, but a good read all in all. A story of love in all its forms and the importance of women having a voice. First May read!

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NataliePatalie
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1. Actually just finished a book so nothing right now 😳
2. Peony in Love by Lisa See...has flora in the name, too! Double whammy!
3. Honestly I so rarely rate books 5 stars...I'm not sure what the last one was 😂 Maybe the last volume of Saga?

@Blueberry @rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

rachelsbrittain Saga is such a great series! 2y
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marleed
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Well, I tell you what... American sister wives in the 21st century have nothing on the sister wives of 17th century Chinese lore!

ReadingisMyPassion I love her books. 2y
marleed @ReadingisMyPassion Me too. I consider her one of my current favorite teachers - I learn so much from her books! 2y
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MelKelsey
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I love Lisa See's books. Her passionate writing transports me, culturally and historically, to her substantive Asian settings. Authentic characters with rich inner dialogue and accessible internal conflicts, especially for female readers, are a hallmark of her work. Peony in Love is no exception.

See comments for the rest of my review.

MelKelsey 2. Peony, a young girl on the cusp of an arranged marriage, becomes distraught after meeting and falling in love with a scholar at a performance of her favorite opera, The Peony Pavilion. Consistently written in first-person point-of-view, the second half of the novel is set entirely after Peony's death. While supernatural elements could have been unappealing, they proved to be a boon to the reader's thorough immersion into the period. 2y
MelKelsey 3. See's love of The Peony Pavilion opera and its lore of female writing didn't fully translate. I recommend starting by reading the author's note at the end. Or perhaps the author's lofty goals muddied their fruition. 3.5 stars 2y
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Arvena
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CaramelLunacy Such pretty covers! 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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Bevita
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Mehso-so

My least fave of all the Lisa See books I have read, but still a fascinating history of Chinese women and the lives they were born into. Lovesickness?! It was a real thing.

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wideeyedreader
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Bailedbailed

Sadly, I found the plot of this book too contrived (so much coincidence!) and the main character annoying. The writing style wasn‘t my thing either. #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks The only book I've read by her (China Dolls) I really didn't care for - the characters were so wooden & I was frustrated because it felt like she had such an opportunity to explore cultural differences & an intriguing piece of history... & instead just wrote a boring love triangle. 2y
wideeyedreader @TheAromaofBooks This was similar! The entire story was a girl pining over a boy, and I wasn‘t interested in that 2y
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Ddzmini
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush #day7 😍😍😍📖😋

tpixie 🌸🌺🌸🌺 3y
gradcat So pretty!! 🌸🌺🌹🌷🌻🌼💐♥️ 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I‘ve got to travel to #China soon!! I‘ve heard these books are fantastic 💗💗💗

#Augustisatrip

Birdsong28 ❤️❤️❤️❤️both of them but Snow Flower is the best 📚📖 4y
StephanieGeiser I have heard phenomenal things about 4y
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RebelReader I agree with @Birdsong28 Snow Flower is my all time favorite of her books, but I love them all. ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘ll add this one!! Thank you 💕 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Birdsong28 awesome!!! 💗💗 4y
mrp27 I really enjoyed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. 4y
vkois88 I love the covers of her books... they always draw me in, but I haven't read any yet 4y
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Ddzmini
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1) picture is of us at the Zoo which will be a regular occasion this summer 😋
2) see above
3)not sure 😳
4) 🤣😋📖🎈🎉
5) some favorites 📚📖🙊🙉🙈🇺🇸🤤🧐🤨🤓🤪🤯🧠🥃 #friyayintro @jesshowbooks

Cathythoughts Such a lovely pic ❤️💫💫 4y
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DivineDiana
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Peony is a romantic. She embraces the philosophy of the epic, Chinese opera, “The Peony Pavilion”. This eventually leads to her demise, but she does visit with her departed grandmother. #seeyouagain #heatofjuly #sogoodireadittwice

BarbaraBB Wow, intriguing 😍 4y
Cinfhen Haven‘t read this one, but I‘ve read others by See. She‘s a very visceral writer🧡 4y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I had the pleasure of seeing Lisa See at Main Point Books a few weeks ago. She was fascinating! ❤️ 4y
DivineDiana @BarbaraBB It is! 😀 4y
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Ddzmini
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In a time when women had no choice I do not see how she got away with some of these actions but she obviously had great courage to follow her heart overall a good read.

HOTPock3tt I read her book “snow flower and the secret fan” and really like it! It was very sad yet well written. This one might be the next book I try of hers 🤔 4y
Ddzmini @HOTPock3tt if you don‘t have it I can send you my copy let me know 😋 4y
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Ddzmini @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ll@have to add that to my tbr pile 4y
HOTPock3tt @Ddzmini thanks so much for the offer!! ❤️ but it‘s on scribd so I‘ll probably just get it from there (since I‘m paying for a subscription i try to milk it as much as possible 🤣) but I really appreciate it!! 4y
Ddzmini @HOTPock3tt no problem 😋 4y
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Ddzmini
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Struggled with the darkest part of the forest so I‘ll get back to that one after I read this book 📖 😋

knittedgnome I ♥️ Lisa See books!! 4y
Ingerella This is my most favorite Lisa See book! She's probably in my top 3 favorite authors. 4y
Crazeedi I've not read this one yet, I've enjoyed her other ones, will have to get! 4y
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DivineDiana I have read this twice. Originally because I had read an article that it was on Hilary Clinton‘s nightstand. It has stayed with me. 4y
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Purrsistently
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How can we not create a fantasy in our minds when the reality is so hard?

Lostinagoodbook Oh I do love this book. 😍 5y
Purrsistently @Lostinagoodbook it was good💕 5y
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Ingerella
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#readingresolutions
April Challenge Day 3.
One of my most favorite authors is Lisa See. I have enjoyed all of the books pictured on audio, and am always waiting with anticipation for the next one. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane I especially loved, but my most favorite was Peony In Love. It was so beautiful and felt like poetry to me. I would definitely recommend any of these on audiobook.
#favoriteauthor
@Jess7

knittedgnome I love all of her books!! 5y
Ingerella @knittedgnome They are so good! 5y
Bourriquet76 I love her books! 5y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Springhassprung
#MagicalMarch

Some “springy” looking covers!! 🌸🌷🌼🌻☺️❤️

RealLifeReading I keep meaning to read Idaho! 5y
GripLitGrl So pretty it's definitely looking like spring! Great books! 5y
Christine11 So pretty! 🌷🌺🌸 5y
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vkois88 ❤🌻🌼🌷 5y
BiblioLitten Such a pretty picture! Perfect for Spring🌸🌼😍 5y
kspenmoll Flowers!!!! We have snow coming tomorrow! 😱 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @RealLifeReading I‘ve got so many to get to!!! ☺️☺️☺️ 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @GripLitGrl thank you!!! ☺️☺️ 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Christine11 thank you 😘💕😘💕 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BiblioLitten thanks so much!!! ❤️ 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll oh no!!! I‘m so ready for flowers!!! 🌺🌷🌹🌸🌼 5y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I‘ve been at work all day and I‘ve missed y‘all!!! This is my youngest daughter‘s #pink bridesmaids dress for my oldest daughter‘s wedding in June!! 👰 This is book is on my tbr shelf ☺️☺️💕💕

#Heartsandhardcovers

AmyG Oh how lovely! A June wedding....your family must be so excited. ❤️ (edited) 5y
BlameJennyJane Gorgeous dress! Beautiful home. 5y
britt_brooke Beautiful! 😍 5y
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MiyakoBunny 😱😱😱You have a daughter old enough to get married!? You look soooo young!? Snap snap snap! You must‘ve drank from the fountain of youth sometime! 🌸🌸🌸🌸🤗🤗🤗Such a cute dress too! 5y
LeahBergen It‘s beautiful! 💕💕💕 5y
Kaye Pretty ! 5y
Pamwurtzler That dress is a beautiful color! 5y
Ingerella Beautiful dress, beautiful book! 5y
GripLitGrl Bueatiful💕💕 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MiyakoBunny thank you!!! You are my new best friend!!! 😘😘😘😘😘😘 She is 23 and my youngest is 17 😉 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ingerella thank you!!! I‘ve got to get to this book!!! ❤️ 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Pamwurtzler thank you!!! 💕💕 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kaye thanks so much!! 💞 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeahBergen thank you 😘😘 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @britt_brooke thank you so much!!! 😍💞 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG we are!!! And thank you!!! 😘💗❤️❤️ 5y
MiyakoBunny 😱😱😱23 & 17!?!?!?!? No way!!!! Now I really really think you drank from that fountain. No flattery- Seriously 😳 You look so Young! Beautiful Mom for sure! Congrats to your daughter too!🎉🎉🎉💗💗💗 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MiyakoBunny you‘re so sweet!!! I really appreciate it!! I‘m 42! I started young 😉 And thank you! She‘s very excited! They have been dating for five years!!! ❤️❤️ 5y
mrp27 So pretty and exciting! 5y
Kalalalatja Congratulations to your daughter! 💕💕 5y
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ATB
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Last book for me this go. #24in48

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cinann
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I know I have too many books on my tbr when I can so easily find books with a #floralcover.
#readingresolutions
@Jess7

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Kerrbearlib
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January-March #Booked2018 progress.

✅ POC Author: Aliens In America by Sandra Tsing Loh.
Book featuring an Olympic sport: Heart of a Champion by Michelle Kwan.
✅ Body-positive memoir: Hunger by Roxane Gay.
Cozy Mystery: Sex, Murder, & A Double Latte by Kyra Davis.
Feminist classic: still deciding.
Unconventional romance: Peony in Love by Lisa See

Cinfhen Yay on completing 2 prompts already❣️❣️I read Handmaids Tale for #feministclassic & really liked it a lot (edited) 5y
Kerrbearlib @Cinfhen nice! I am thinking about reading The Color Purple. I‘ve never read it before but I have heard great things! 5y
Cinfhen That‘s an awesome choice, I‘ve yet to read it too 5y
mhillis @KerryLibME Nice! I‘m planning to read The Color Purple for this challenge too! 5y
alisiakae The Color Purple is incredible! I have an old beat up copy that I like to reread every once in a while. 5y
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BookishMe
Peony in Love | Lisa See
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'... love meant loving someone in spite of and because of his limitations.'

#LitWorld2018GB - China
#LitsyPassport #readaroundtheworld

Fascinating glimpse into ancient traditions and beliefs that may still be in practice nowadays. Unconventional Love for #Booked2018

#readingWomen #overdrive #eBook

Cinfhen Nice choice for unconventional Romance 5y
BookishMe @Cinfhen I cannot agree more! This book was on my TBR for a long while and thanks to the reading plans, I finally got around to reading it. 5y
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BookishMe
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GHOST MARRIAGES ARE not as ornate, complicated, or time-consuming as a wedding when both parties are living.

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BookishMe
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The euphemisms, such as cloud and rain ;p in this unconventional Oriental #LoveStory can be so amusing! #nowreading #overdrive #eBook
#Booked2018 #LitWorld2018GB

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BookishMe
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#2018BookBinge hosted by @jesshowbooks
1) Author new to me

Lisa See has been on my TBR for a while (sadly forgotten) #readaroundtheworld
Thanks to #LitWorld2018GB and #Booked2018 (Unconventional Love) I have started reading this.
I am charmed by the ancient world yet flabbergasted at some of the excessively traditional treatment / perception of young girls.
#currentlyreading #Overdrive #eBook

Cinfhen I'm looking for #unconventionallove suggestions ~ thanks 👍🏻 5y
BookishMe @Cinfhen my pleasure. The antiquated way of showing love is certainly proving to be Unconventional. Happy reading!

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howjessicareads I‘ve never read her either!! 5y
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BookishMe
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#newyearsreadathon #firstBook2018 #eBook
Sneak peek at #TBR for
#LitWorld2018GB (China - Shades of Love)
#Booked2018 (Unconventional Love)
#nowreading #santhiReads2018

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#☔️ 2 more from the tbr shelf for #emojinov

JulAnna You have an interesting TBR list! Have you read anything else by Lisa See? I really liked 5y
tammysue Lovely covers. 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JulAnna China Dolls and I loved it!! Yes, I‘m kind of all over the place!! 5y
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pocketmermaid
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I picked these up for a friend who wanted books set in China.

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litmuggle
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Bailedbailed

I'm sorry but this was my book clubs pick I tried I even tried the audio book. It's not a bad book just a bit slow and not the book for me.

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Book_Gnome
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Opening line: "Two days before my sixteenth birthday, I woke up early so early that my maid was still asleep on the floor at the door of my bed." #peonyinlove #lisasee #bookgnome #bookish #firstline #bookcover #book

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BookswithB
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Joining @BrownGirlReading today with a #redbooks 📸
A lot are still on my tbr, but there are definitely a few faves in this pile. 😍
✨Have you guys red any of these?

Lacythebookworm You've got some good ones! I've enjoyed Water for Elephants, Persepolis, and The Underground Railroad 📚😍 5y
BookswithB @Lacythebookworm Thanks! 😃I haven't read WFE yet, LOVED Persepolis, and didn't really enjoy The Underground Railroad. 🙈 5y
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DivineDiana
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This is one of the few books that I have reread. It is a haunting tale of a famous opera that inspired young Chinese women to literally die for love. It is both a love story and a ghost story. #junetunz #afterlife

Wife One of my favorites!❤️ 5y
DivineDiana @Wife And mine too! ❤️️ 5y
Cinfhen Such a gorgeous choice 💕💕💕loved this one! Brilliant 👻 5y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Glad that you loved it too! 5y
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Dragon
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#farawayplace #springflingreading 17th century China is a very long way away in space and time. I really enjoyed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Shanghai Girls so this should be a good read 🤞

LeahBergen I liked this one. 6y
Dragon Thanks @LeahBergen 👍 6y
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jpellegrini
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"Dreaming, dreaming, dreaming---weren't our dreams what gave us strength, hope, and desire?"

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FairyHighRoad
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Day 6 - My current read is a book I got at a Christmas grab bag. It's not a book I usually would pick for myself but I'm really enjoying it so far. (And Cheyenne is still resting from all the Super Bowl excitement) #CurrentRead #riotgrams #dogsoflitsy

EvieBee Aww! What a sweet Boston! 6y
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DivineDiana
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This was a reread for me. I knew that I liked it, but it was surprising how much I had forgotten. It is an historical novel about a 16 year old girl who falls deeply in love with a man she has met by chance. She also is devoted to the story of an opera The Peony Pavilion which tells of the lovesick death of the heroine. It is also a story of women supporting women and fighting to be heard. Fascinating lore about the spirit world in China.

jessdean Love Lisa See💜 I've got China Dolls on my 2017 TBR 📚 6y
DivineDiana @jessdean I also read Dreams of Joy which I also liked. And China Doll is on my TBR stack too! 6y
tpixie I really did enjoy this book also. I've never read any other of her books maybe I should! 6y
DivineDiana @tpixie I think you should! 6y
tpixie @DivineDiana 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6y
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izah.ahmad
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Gorgeous cover! Am in love 😍

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DivineDiana
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"But outside men will be within our walls. They may see our stockings and shoes beneath the screen. They may smell our hair and powder." Horrors of ancient China ?

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DivineDiana
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Off on a magical journey!

christineandbooks Her books are wonderful! 6y
Foxyfictionista I love Lisa See!!! 6y
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DivineDiana @Foxyfictionista Do you have a favorite? I also read Dreams of Joy which I enjoyed. 6y
Foxyfictionista @DivineDiana I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I haven't read Dreams of Joy yet, but I should. Her writing is so visual and elegant. 6y
DivineDiana I have a copy of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan on my TBR shelves. Hopefully in 2017! 6y
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Dragon
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#somethingforSept #bookssetinasia I've read two of Lisa See's books : Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Peony in Love is on my tbr. I'm saving Kevin Kwan's book until I'm in need of a good soapy laugh

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BookswithB
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Day 2. RED BOOKS #fallthebooks #redbooks

BookishTrish I'm interested in #fallthebooks Where can I find the challenge? 6y
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Thewingedpen
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I'm such a fan of Lisa See's work. I don't know how I missed this one. Loving it so far!