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The Gilded Fan

(Kumashiro Saga #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  53 reviews
How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love?

It’s 1641, and when Midori Kumashiro, the orphaned daughter of a warlord, is told she has to leave Japan or die, she has no choice but to flee to England. Midori is trained in the arts of war, but is that enough to help her survive a journey, with a lecherous crew and an attractive captain she doesn’t trust?

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Paperback, 350 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Choc Lit (first published December 11th 2012)
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Krista Claudine Baetiong
Just when I wanted to see more of Hannah Marston and Taro Kumashiro, the couple who overlook their drastic cultural differences with love in The Scarlet Kimono, book 2’s The Gilded Fan introduced me instead to their daughter Midori, now a woman grown, and fast forward to a time when Japan’s Shogun is hell-bent on outlawing Christianity and expelling all gai-jins (foreigners) from their land.

Midori, recently orphaned, and even with her status as the daughter of a powerful daimyo (warlord), still
Carol W
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Midori, daughter of a warlord in 17C Japan has always been different from her peers. She lost her English mother and now fears for her life if she decides to stay with her family in Japan. The Shogan wants to dispose of all Christians in the land. Although Midori follows her father's religious beliefs she would not be spared because of her mixed parentage.

Her half-brother finds her passage on a trade ship bound for Amsterdam, another perilous situation for a lone woman at that time, but Midori a
May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
If this is the type of historical romantic fiction that wins awards, I dread to see what the non-award-winning stuff is like. I agree that it had some nice historical detail in it, but the characters were completely cardboard (he's a broad-shouldered hunk with beautiful flowing hair! She's an exotic beauty with a heart-shaped face and a strong will! Will these crazy kids ever overcome their entirely unconvincing objections to each other and get together? Of course they will.)
The dialog was what
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016, own
It's the year 1641, and Japan is closing itself off to the outside world, expelling all foreigners and children with foreign parents. Not even her status as daughter of a daimyo exempts Midori Kumashiro, who is forced to leave behind the castle she grew up in and everyone she knows to seek passage on a Dutch ship to reach her English mother's relatives in Plymouth, hoping they'll be willing to take her in. Captain Nico Noordholt is not at all thrilled at the idea of having a lone beautiful young ...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had never read a novel by Christina Courtenay before this, but I was really looking forward to it. I LOVE trying new authors, because you never know when you will find a new favourite author or favourite book.

The cover of The Gilded Fan is stunning, the colours are beautiful and give little hints about what might lay in store for us in the story. The blurb alone had me excited to start the book!

In 1641, Midori, an orphan of a warlord, is told that she has to flee her home of Japan, as she is o
Shaz Goodwin
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although The Gilded Fan is the sequel to The Scarlet Kimono, it can also be read as a stand-alone so don’t let that put you off picking up this wonderful read!

The Gilded Fan begins with a prologue. It is 1640 and Midori is at her mother, Hannah’s funeral. On the procession to the temple, the reader becomes aware of the death a year ago of Midori’s father and how Hannah’s love for him was so strong that she couldn’t live without him. We also meet Midori’s half-brother, Ichiro.

We’re then on the is
I had no idea what "choc lit" was before picking this book up. Apparently it's "books where the hero is irresistible like chocolate." Not... really sure what to do with that, I'm not going to lie.

Anyway, apparently this is the second book in a saga, the first dealing with an Englishwoman, Hannah, and her journey to Japan. This can be read as a stand-alone; I didn't feel like this story lacked anything at all without knowing the background, but I might go back and read The Scarlet Kimono later.
Historical Fiction from Nagasaki to Plymouth.

This delightful story opens in Japan in the early 1640s where the Emperor is purging anyone of mixed race. Midori, daughter of a daimyō, whose mother, Hannah is British, is forced to consider her own safety. In order to save her own life she has to flee the country. To that end she gets herself aboard the ship, the Zwarte Zwaan, heading for Amsterdam, with the help of her half brother Ichiro (full blooded Japanese and therefore not under threat of exe
Tara Chevrestt
This is the sequel to Scarlet Kimono. I think Scarlet Kimono is my favorite story still by Courtenay, mainly because of the adventure and the exotic setting, but this is just as well-written and has to be my favorite heroine.

Midori's parents are dead and her own country is exiling half-breeds like her. She's half Japanese, half foreigner, and during the time this book takes place, they were exiling all Christians whether they practiced or not, including those of Japanese blood, and though Midori
Rebecca Heap
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book as it had a lot of good reviews, was by an award winning author and I have loved all the "Choc Lit" novels I have read so far. However, I have read a lot of historical romance and this just completely lacked any spark or real tension between the hero and heroine. I got bored about a third of the way through and only finished it in the hope it would didn't.
The beginning of it was OK but once the characters reached England it died a death for me. Even the
Anne-marie Ugland
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy Courtenay’s books, but this is my favorite so far. First of all, I love the Japanese-English heroine Midori. She prefers kimonos to corsets, and swings the sword rather than toss her hair. The hero, Nico, is quite wonderful, straightforward and plainspoken (and totally hunky of course). The opening scene is quiet and melancholic, but soon Midori must flee for her life. The pace is good throughout the novel, with just enough pause between the dramatic scenes so you don’t get exhaus ...more
Kari Lynn Mackey
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Gilded Fan by Christina Courtenay via GoodReads First Reads, courtesy of ChocLit Limited.

The heroine of The Gilded Fan, Midori, is an appealing character: bold but modest, proud but dutiful. She is both admirable and sympathetic. Unlike so many ladies in romantic historical fiction, she is a true lady, and it is understandable why the hero, Captain Nico, finds her so attractive.

Courtenay fills her entire narrative with cultural and historical detail tha
Jade Kennedy
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
*I won this book as part of a Good Reads Giveaway*

Although I wasn't grabbed from the start of the book, the characters grew on me and it was a really enjoyable read.

I enjoyed reading a little about Japan in the 1600's, which I've not read about before and I liked the historical details about the Shoguns expulsion of all foreigners, hence what started Japans 200 year isolation from the rest of the world. The love story between Midori and Nico is very sweet and the whole book has the 'will-they-w
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Of course, the romance is an important part of the plot but it is not the only part of it, and this is why I enjoyed The Gilded Fan so much. The other characters become more than just peripheral objects around the romance but an interesting part of the story in their own right. As someone who loves reading in general, I crave a book with a good story and characters and The Gilded Fan delivered on this.

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Karen Gray
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I lifted this book from the “cancelled book” pile at the local library and took it home, primarily because I A. Am obsessed with Japan and B. Really liked the cover design.

I didn’t actually realise it was a “chic lit” romancey kind of book until after I started reading it. I had assumed it would be about a samurai woman struggling in unknown society. It soon became apparent that the main thread was less about her cultural struggles and more about the developing romance between herself and the sh
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wont be continuing on with the series

Its really a mills and boons book. Not even a very good one. Any trials and tribulations of the couple are overcome far too quickly.

Also - why on earth does the heroine almost have to get raped - she never is just almost so the male lead can rescue her. In last book as well.

At least in the first book it was set in Japan which is so fascinating.

Boring religious people from America are not very exciting.
Aisha Hussain
Promising start with a female samurai and a stimulating captain. But the story soon fizzled out as he wouldn't make a move and she lost her fire and spirit subjugating to her puritanical british relatives ...more
janet Ford
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gilded Fan

Enjoyed the book very much.
Had plenty of interesting facts.
Kept the imagination ready for each chapter.
Had trouble closing the book, and do something else.
Cantwaitforthe third book.
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 hop
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Gilded Fan by Christina Courtenay was published by Choc Lit at the beginning of February this year. This is Christina Courteney's fifth novel and although it is a sequel to her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, it is easily read as a stand-alone novel. In fact, The Gilded Fan is the first of Courteney's books that I've read, but I will most certainly be on the look out for her earlier novels if this is anything to go by.

Historical fiction is not usually my first choice of genre, and I'll adm
Laura Summers
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Technically, The Gilded Fan is the sequel to The Scarlet Kimono, but you really don’t have to have read the first to read it at all. Our heroine is Midori, a woman of half Japanese, half English heritage raised in Japan as a Samurai. However, the new Shogun with a fear of Christianity has declared that all foreigners must leave or face execution. For readers of The Scarlet Kimono, Midori is the daughter of Hannah and Taro.

Our hero is Nico, who has come to Nagasa
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-top-20-2013
This is the ultimate escapism novel, historic with well informed careful research, scenes delicately painted with beautiful words, romance and lovely well rounded characters who are a delight to spend time with.

The story begins in Japan with the orphaned heroine Midori, daughter of a Samurai warrior and an English woman, discovering her life is in imminent danger; her half brother helps secure her a passage on a merchant ship captained by Dutchman Nico Noordholt, and she sets sail for Amsterdam,
Anne Mackle
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it

This story begins in Japan in 1641 and finishes in Plymouth, England.Midori has to leave her home in Japan or face a certain death. I liked Midori,the main character from the beginning of the book although sometimes her strong will and always thinking she knew best got her into the most awful of situations. Captain Nico was all you would expect a hero to be, handsome, kind and strict when he has to be as he commands a ship full of men.
Midori has to leave the only home she's ever known where her
Sep 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
[Audiobook version]

I was after something lighthearted to listen to on the way to work, but I was hoping this would lean more towards the historical fiction genre than straight-up romance... Unfortunately it was cringingly bad pretty much all the way through. When the hero sees the heroine he literally can't believe she's real, she's that beautiful. And later on, she notes that he has muscles in ~all the right places~ which always makes me wonder where muscles in the WRONG places would be. ("My,
Emma Victoria Phelps
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Oh dear. So much writing potential, but it felt like alot of it was wasted up against the wall. The first part of the story was 'meh' as they say, but bearable. The story is based upon Midori, the daughter of Taro and Hannah, and Nico Noordholt, the love interest. Midori, in my mind, was such an emotionless robot there was nothing attractive that I could find, despite Nicos thoughts about her, and Nico was such a obsessive boring prat. I was so upset when I read the first chapter though, I was h ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The shogun had decided to prosecute all foreigners and Christians, and Midori, who is had an English mother, has to leave her home or be slaughtered. With the help of her half-brother she manages to secure a passage aboard Dutch trading ship The Zwarte Zwaan, much to Captain Noordholt’s annoyance. The story follows Midori’s journey from Japan, to Amsterdam then Plymouth. The battle of ‘will they, won’t they’ between Midori and Nico is exciting, if not sometimes frustrating (in a good way) to the ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed Christina Courtenay's books and this one was no exception. An adventure across continents, where different cultures meet, we follow Midori and Nico as they set sail from Japan to England.

Midori was a great character with mixed heritage, a Japanese father and an English mother, she could wield a sword as good as any man, if not better. She was fiercely independent and determined to deal honourably with the situation that forced her to escape from her beloved Japan and seek r
Goddess Of Blah
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a sort of sequel to The Scarlet Kimono. I don't think it's as good as The Scarlet Kimono, which is by far my favourite book by this author.

The Scarlet Kimono is an epic adventure where a young English girl learns the ways of an entire different race of people and survives a harrowing journey across the world. Adventures which require a character to not only learn about themselves but a complete different world, become knowledgeable and strong are always a joy to read. Additionally, lean
As those of you who read my reviews know, I find I really like most of the books I read.
This one begins in Japan with Midori, half Japanese, half-white.The shogun of Japan has ordered that all foreigners are to be expelled from Japan. Because of Midori's green eyes, her older brother decides she must go in secret to her relatives in England. Before that can happen though Midori is arrested and has to be rescued. Well trained in battle, our heroine is not helpless when it comes to defending hers
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Christina Courtenay writes historical romance, time slip and time travel stories, and lives in Herefordshire (near the Welsh border) in the UK. Although born in England, she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden – hence her abiding interest in the Vikings. Christina is a former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association and has won several awards, including the RoNA for Best ...more

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