That's A Novel Idea has started a new MEME called Show Me Five Saturday. This meme will give each blogger an opportunity to give a brief description of a book they have read or reviewed during the week. It will work like this: Each Saturday you will post the answer to these questions. The number indicates the number of answers you will provide.
1. Book you read and/or reviewed this week
The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel by Maureen Lindley (debut novel)
2. Words that describe the book
Historical, based on real person
3. Settings where it took place or characters you met:
Three different parts of Asia, Eastern Jewel: a young Manchu Princess sent by her family to live in Japan when she was only 9 years old, Netsuko : her step-aunt from whom she constantly sought approval and a sort of maternal love throughout her life
4. Things you liked and/or disliked about it:
I loved the lush, vivid descriptions of China, Japan and Mongolia. Although she appeared to be amoral and cold, Eastern Jewel was a fascinating character who eagerly embraced life and all its facets. The author aptly portrayed her vulnerable side until the very end, bringing Eastern Jewel alive on the pages. The sweeping historical plot, rich in details of politics and social customs beginning in 1914 until 1948 .
5. Stars or less for your rating?