Hey everyone! I’m back here with The Jade Temptress, Book 2 of the Lotus Palace Series. This book was AMAZING!
There was more passion, murder and intrigue, and the lure of the infamous Pingkangli. If you want to read this book the FREE way you may be able to read it on loan from Freading.com(if your library participates) or you have the option purchasing on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Send me a comment/email if you are interested in receiving this fascinating book on loan. Now, on to the summary…
Welcome to the infamous Pingkang Li–home of the celebrated Lotus Palace courtesans, and a place of beauty and treachery…
Charming and seductive, Mingyu is the most sought-after hostess in the pleasure quarter. She has all men wrapped around her finger–except Constable Wu Kaifeng, the one man she can’t resist, the only man to have placed her in chains.
Wu Kaifeng’s outwardly intimidating demeanor hides a reluctant, tation she presents threatens to destroy them both when a powerful official is murdered and they find themselves on a deadly trail. Amid the chaos, a forbidden affair could change Mingyu’s fate forever, for following her heart is bound to have consequences…
~Summary taken from Amazon
In this book, there is mention of Goat Hours, Classic Tea and I learned more about the “Red Light District” of China.
“The Market Gong sounded the Hour of the Goat”(12).
Don’t think that the Chinese Zodiac only refers to the year you are born. Nope. The Hour of the Goat is roughly 1p.m. to 3p.m. I love how the book referred to the hours in this way and according to Wikipedia, most Asian countries like Korea, Japan,and Vietnam use these as hours too. I was born in the year of the Dog by the way.
Second, Mingyu knows a lot about tea and how to serve it well. The book mentions about the Classics of Tea, so once more I hunted for some information about tea(I love tea!). The characters in the story are refreshed and relaxed around the simple act of pouring and drinking tea.
The Classic of Tea by Yu Lu is a treatise on the beauty of and making of tea. The original is gone and the earliest manuscript goes back to the Ming Dynasty actually, however the link provided will give a breakdown the mysterious importance of this drink. I’m thinking of ordering the book myself.
Finally, let’s talk about the Pingkangli or the “Red Light District”
In my last review of the Lotus Palace, I mention how the Chinese courtesans are more than prostitutes, they are musicians, poets, and overall hosts to a great many men of different statures of life.
But the brutally honest truth is these are women/girls are courtesans belonging to brothels. Some brothels more lavish than most like the one Mingyu is from.
According to the book Red Light Districts: The Lives of Sex Workers Postsocialist China,
“The owners received 30 percent of the profit for their courtesan while the courtesan(prostitute) received 70 percent.”(37)
In the novel, Mingyu is basically a slave to Madame Sun. In fact, this almost makes Constable Wu believe he can never have Mingyu because she is often courted by and has lain with rich men.
In the Red Light Districts book, it details the lives of those men who do take a courtesan as a wife and often they learn the hard way that the courtesan is used to a lavish lifestyle and marriage does not last if the money doesn’t.
So that’s it for this installment of Truth In Fiction. I absolutely enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!
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~The Write Web