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The Hills of Singapore (The Straits Quartet #3)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  42 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In this the third volume in The Straits Quartet, Farnham draws on the real-life historical personalities of the time, mixing fact and fiction to paint a rich portrait of love and loss in mid-nineteenth century Singapore, at a time when triads, piracy and crime were rife and life in colonial Southeast Asia was anything but safe.
Paperback, 325 pages
Published February 16th 2011 by Monsoon Books (first published October 15th 2010)
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Mar 27, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed book 3 in 'The Straits Quartet'. Charlotte as always frustrated me with her stubbornness to reveal Alexander's paternity. I was also a more than a little surprised at Zhen's inability to recognise Alexander as his son! I did enjoy the development of the relationship between Zhen and Alexander and how Alexander did naturally favour and thrive within the Chinese culture.

The changing face of Singapore and life in the east was depicted very well and what was readily accepted in prev
Sep 07, 2011 Kay rated it liked it
I love the background and wealth of researched detail on 1850s Batavia and Singapore. It seems very convincing. But before I read this book, I never realized that there is a catagory (and a list on goodreads) of "Romance books with Asian male as love interest."
Eunice Chan
Feb 12, 2016 Eunice Chan rated it it was amazing
The historical parts of the story were well researched. Old Singapore came to life. Loved the historical context and details.
Mar 30, 2015 Louise rated it liked it
More of the same really, enjoyed it more than volume 2. I still find it odd how easily she decides to marry people...
Jul 25, 2011 Ryan rated it it was ok
Shelves: colonial, fiction
Although quite well researched in the detail of the period, the story and characters are of insufficient interest to draw the reader in, and I found it difficult to keep the interest in reading to the end. The only real reason being to discover the ending after the first 2 books. *Spoiler Alert* Now I wonder what could come next in this supposed 'quartet' since it seems there was a hollywood ending to this one.
Nov 27, 2012 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
"Everything wise and true and old was Chinese, but everything new, everything useful for commerce, came from the West."
This book is about the blending of cultures that gives us the modern society of Singapore today.
It took me back in time of a city I love .
Apr 09, 2014 Katarina rated it really liked it
Much easier to read than first two in the quartet, however still only climaxed in the last 50 or so pages out of over 300!
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Jun 28, 2013 Jean Monroe rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
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