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Rangoon. Lysistrata's heart raced with excitement. A world away from Boston. A place where she could forget...

Rangoon--land of color and adventure--where, like an emerging butterfly, she would taste the exotic and dangerous life of the streets, and dance in the palaces of princes.

But one man made her want even more. Richard Harley's
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 1st 1985 by Avon
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3.5 stars. The writing is beautiful & deserves 4+, but I didn't care for the hero or the heroine -- so I didn't round up.

The plot is complicated & heavily involved with Victorian-era political & trade issues in Burma. I can't offer thoughts on the accuracy because I'm totally unfamiliar with Burmese history, but it rings true to what I know about British colonial relations with India during that period.

Character-wise, Lysistrata & Ram don't compare to Kit & Sean of Stormfir
Burma, Victorian era. The year is not named, but it's after the US Civil War.

The girl: Lysistrata Herriot and her father arrive in Rangoon where he's accepted a doctoring position at the local hospital. There is some scandal of sorts that led Lysistrata (what a name!) and her father to leave family and Boston behind with little money in their pocketbooks or clothes on their backs. Our heroine has a mind of her own, and doesn't follow society's strictest guidelines; she takes a while to shed her
Regan Walker
A Love Story in 19th century Burma and a Wild Ride!

Set in Rangoon in the era of Queen Victoria, it tells the story of Lysistrata Herriott who travels with her doctor father from Boston to the other side of the world—a place where she could escape her relatives and her past. From the very beginning of the story, we know Lysistrata is fearless when she takes off with the locals in a strange country. She is also courageous and altruistic, becoming a nurse in the hospital where people of color are t
Lysistrata travels with her father who is a doctor to take position at the Queen’s Rangoon hospital. She is very intelligent but rather plain looking girl. She tries to help her dad at the hospital but is refused by the head doctor saying that it is no place for women. She befriends a lady that decides to transform her by dressing her up in new clothes and presenting her to the English Rangoon society. On the first social event she attends she stumbles on Ram while he is having tête-à-tête with ...more
Oct 20, 2010 Kaetrin rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars. This is one of those books I read ages ago but it stood up well on a re-read a couple of years ago. It's the first book I ever read with anal sex in it - I don't think I even understood that at the time though! Very angsty, with an unusual setting.
Jan 05, 2013 Rachel rated it did not like it
Couldn't even get past the first 10 pages. Book was so boring and held no appeal to me at all. From what I did read of the 2 main characters, they were boring and dull.
lysistrata and her father have come to rangoon to get away from boston and the rumours that abounded there. they are poor, and her father is a doctor. when lysistrata meets richard, she asks him to dance, but he tells her that he doesn't. when she wanders through the garden later at the same party, she comes upon richard and the wives of an important personage dancing. embarassed, lysistrata runs away, but richard comes after her. he kisses her to stop her from telling anyone. they keep
I read this book as a teenager and enjoyed it. Revisiting it as an adult to see if I still enjoy it
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Feb 18, 2009 Susan J. rated it it was ok
Hmmm, bad cover for a bad book...but at least it contains some Myanmar/Burma history.
Jan 05, 2010 Mical rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Gave it an A+
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Born Judith Christin Clevinger, the author gained a love for romantic adventure tales during her childhood in a grim West Virgina mining town. Her career as a writer was jumpstarted by her self-identification with the character of Joan Wilder in the movie "Romancing the Stone." Soon afterward, her debut novel "Stormfire" was published, and Monson became well-known in the genre for her extreme stor ...more
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