Review: The Gilded Fan – Christina Courtenay


Award-winning author Christina Courtenay expertly blends rip-roaring adventure, atmospheric period drama and heart-pounding desire in her latest romantic epic, The Gilded Fan.

In 1641, Midori Kumashiro is still reeling from the sudden death of her beloved parents. Heartbroken and devastated, the orphaned warlord’s daughter just wants some time to mourn the passing of her parents when a shocking turn of events compels her to flee the only home she has ever known and head for England, where she hopes to be reunited with her mother’s estranged family. With the Shogun killing foreigners whom he suspects of practicing Christianity, Midori must act fast if she is to leave Japan unscathed. Luckily for Midori, her half brother manages to persuade Captain Nico Noordholt to allow her to travel to England aboard his ship. But little does she realize that her troubles are only just beginning…

Captain Nico Noordholt cannot fathom what possessed him to agree to let Midori Kumashiro onto his ship! He had come to Nagasaki for business – he had certainly never imagined that he would end up saddled with a most beguiling and alluring creature on his vessel. Determined to keep Midori safe from the lecherous eyes and lascivious hands of the sailors working on his ship, Nico is adamant that Midori must speak to nobody on the ship but him. However, Nico soon learns that Midori is not a woman who easily consents to doing an autocratic man’s bidding. Midori is no blushing wallflower who recoils from danger and faints at the sight of blood, but a strong, skilled and intelligent woman who manages to get under his skin and break the defenses which Nico had built around his heart. Despite his many protestations that he will not fall in love with another woman ever again, Nico soon begins to fall for Midori. But does their love stand a chance of surviving when there are so many obstacles standing in their way?

On their arrival in England, Nico and Midori are stunned when they discover that the country is on the brink of war. But there are further revelations in store for the two of them. When Nico and Midori realise that their destinies are intertwined, they realise that they must not only fight for survival, but also overcome the many dangers jeopardizing their final chance of happiness.

Christina Courtenay can always be relied on to deliver a sweeping historical novel richly imbued with atmosphere, passion and intrigue and The Gilded Fan is certainly no exception. Exciting, daring and wonderfully emotional, The Gilded Fan transports readers back to the past and sweeps them up into a world of peril, danger and romance which they will never want to leave.

Christina Courtenay’s characters leap off the pages and I couldn’t help but admire Midori’s strength of character, her courage and her tenacity and neither could I stop myself from falling in love with her dashing and honourable hero, Nico!

With The Gilded Fan, award-winning author Christina Courtenay once again proves that when it comes to writing evocative and enthralling historical romances, she simply cannot be beaten! If you haven’t discovered the magic of Christina Courtenay’s spellbinding historicals, then rush to your favourite book store and get ready to become addicted to her wonderful stories! Once you read one of her books, you will want to read them all!

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About the Book:
Genre: historical
ISBN: 978-1781890080
Page Count: 400 Pages
Price: $ £7.99
Reviewer: Julie Bonello

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Sensuality Rating: Sensuous
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
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posted Sunday, May 19th, 2013

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One Response to “Review: The Gilded Fan – Christina Courtenay”

  1. John Jackson said:

    I loved it – and I’m WAY outside the author’s normal reading demographic!