Historical fiction, Mystery

The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen

Normally, when I rate books like this one, a cozy historical mystery, I rely heavily on the lead protagonist's plotline to direct my rating. If I did that in case, I would have to deduct a star. The lead protagonist was extremely annoying, to begin with. Her entourage of cousins was better equipped to be… Continue reading The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen

Drama, Historical fiction

Faces in the Crowd by Feng Jicai , Translated by Olivia Milburn

I have had this book on my virtual shelf a while and was happy to finally get to it. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did! The author has a very simplistic style, and like the drawings that precede each short story, we are given caricatures of different people in… Continue reading Faces in the Crowd by Feng Jicai , Translated by Olivia Milburn

Drama

Is He My Son: A trafficked Chinese child, discovered and lost again by Lin Chang Translated by Bruce Humes

I almost did not finish this book. I am glad I did, though, because the ending made the read worth the effort. Not all translated books work for me, this one was definitely impaired by the narrative style, and I cannot really say if it was the cause of the original writer or not.This is… Continue reading Is He My Son: A trafficked Chinese child, discovered and lost again by Lin Chang Translated by Bruce Humes