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The Last Concubine by Lesley Downer
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Apr 06, 2012

really liked it

Sachi, an adopted village girl of great beauty, is chosen to become a concubine for a prince. War erupts and he dies. Sachi remains as a companion to his wife. As war rages and the palace is threatened, the princess sets Sachi out into the world as a decoy, to impersonate the princess herself. Along the way challenges and life threatening events happen. One soldier takes Sachi and her companion under his wings, and eventually they are able to return to the palace. Life is no longer the same and class distinction is challenged. During the readjustment, Sachi is faced with the true facts of her past, of the story behind her parentage.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book; a mix of romance and adventure. Lesley Downer created a fascinating framework of history and fiction. Learning of traditions in Japan through the storyline made for interesting and absorbing reading. Her ability to create imagery through description made this and enjoyable read I am happy to recommend.
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