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The Geisha with the Green Eyes

(Secrets From the Hidden House #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  38 reviews
By 1850, Japan had been closed to the outside world for centuries. It was a secret, hidden world. And deep within Edo (now Tokyo) was the Yoshiwara − “The Floating World.” The center of pleasure. And within the Yoshiwara was the Hidden House. The place that only the very wealthiest could afford. The place where the geisha were…special.

And in the Hidden House lived Midori N
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Published August 16th 2016 by Red Empress Publishing (first published March 26th 2015)
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Yon Nyan (BiblioNyan)
Aug 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction-lit
This book is the perfect example of what is wrong with PoC (people of colour) representation in literature today.

As a novel, in its entirety it is nothing more than an atrocious regurgitation of Memoirs of a Geisha; a book, while written by a Westerner, was properly researched & historically accurate for the most part. Golden studied Japanese culture & history with dedication & wrote Memoirs. Is it perfect? No. But I will give him credit for trying to offer accurate portrayals of th
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Treece
The title and cover captured my attention, and the setting. Sadly, this dark tale of a half-Japanese, half-European girl raised in a tea house was mostly jumbled. It is first person narrative, though Midori seemed displaced from all the horrors she and others endured. At times, she came off as downright foolish and stupid, without any common sense. For years she is brainwashed to believe she is deformed and hideous because of her mixed-blood and European features. There is no knowledge of the ou ...more
Amanda
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fiction, japan, geisha
I really enjoyed this novel. When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. There is something about Millar's writing style that just keeps you going. It's not perfect, but I think Millar is an author to watch as her writing will improve over time. The book has a lot of sexual content, but the romance isn't that strong. The ending was also quite rushed. But the story is really interesting and it made me want to read more.
Chris N
Aug 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest and say I didn't enjoy this book for many reason. First of all the use of Geisha in this book. the girls at Hidden House were not Geisha, they were misfits and sold to Danna's or patrons for sex only, not for entertainment as Geisha are. The girls were glorified prostitutes and not true geisha. Midori was 13 in this book and she starts off as a quivering virgin and within a few short months she becomes an accomplished lover. She is instantly attracted to any man that comes he ...more
Leigh Anderson
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It is Heat Level 5 (!) so be aware of that. The book is a bit long, nearly 400 pages, but it reads so quickly! The main story is interesting, but Millar weaves in half a dozen stories of different characters, and they are all fascinating. The ending is a bit deus ex machina, so I would have liked to have seen the heroine have more agency over what happens at the end, but the rest of the book was a very enjoyable read. I would love to see a sequel. It doesn’t exactly set ...more
Sophia
I enjoy romances that explore Asian history and give me a glimpse into another time and place and culture. While The Geisha With the Green Eyes is not heavy on authenticity when it comes to her heroine's situation and the whole idea of the Hidden Palace of women- which the author clearly states in her opening that she planned to deviate- the overall events and tone did give a glimpse of the entertainment and pleasure community of 1850s Edo (Tokyo) just as the Shogun era is ending. The colorful a ...more
Don Sloan
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Geisha With Green Eyes, nineteenth century Tokyo (called Edo, in the Floating World that was Japan in those days), comes alive with suspense and enough torrid romance to satisfy even the most prurient of readers.

A masterpiece of good storytelling with meticulous attention to detail, Geisha With Green Eyes is an historical romance of the first order, with a strong central female character that you will quickly come to care deeply about.

Midori No Me is the Geisha With Green Eyes -- the product
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Elsbeth
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksprout
Yes, there are a lot of sex-scenes, so when that makes you uncomfortable or it annoys you: don't read this book.
I don't mind, as long as it is a part of the story. And it is. It is an essential part of these geishas' lifes. Whether they like it or not. Life outside The Hidden House in Japan in those days was not necessary better for women. Shocking, to see women treated as property of their fathers, husbands or 'Aunties'.
Even more shocking: for a lot of women in the world life is still like that
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Ming Wei
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first started to read this book, I did not expect that much, but all I can say is that I am very surprised how good it is, a strong story line that works, I agree with other reviewers that the romance side is less than expected, A book highlighting the life style Japan during the period. and the duties expected and thrust upon certain women in a country and period were men rule. Not my usual genre of book, but I did enjoy it, and would read more of the authors work, well worth a read, no ...more
Connie
Mixed reviews on this one. I will quickly say that it felt like borderline erotica that was poorly executed. I also think that at the start that the writing style was mimic of the writing style of "Memories of a Geisha", but where in MoaG it felt authentic, in this novel it just felt amateurish and childish.

Also you had the main character that was obviously powerful in her own right, and at times, she seemed to know this, but most of the time she was still dogeza with the other girls. SHe plain
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Dee
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The culture of Japan and geisha in particular is a mystery to many westerners. This book will undoubtedly be compared to "Memoirs of a Geisha" since that is really the standard by which these types of books are compared. This one is part of a 2 book series and it is compelling in its subject matter. It's not always pretty, but it seems that the subject of geisha is treated fairly. The writing itself is good, but could be better since there are some mistakes that are pretty obvious like lags in t ...more
Christrine Barrett
Fascinating insight into a a different world

I've read many books on this culture Every popular author and then more again. This was different I suspected many times an errotic glimpse and admired the female tenacity but the tree of flesh is etched on my brain now Occasionally the odd slip made me think it was over romanticized for the reader. But fifty shades is tame compared to this needless to say I was engrossed Where's the next one?? Characters where wonderful and I rattled through this in a
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Energy
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Geisha with the Green Eyes is reminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha, yet tells of the seedier side. Told from Midori's point of view, she tells of the particular house that she lives in, which is designated for Geishas that have some sort of deformity. Along the lines of Memoirs of a Geisha, she finds Danjuro, a man who is as fascinated with her as she with him. But as I've said, this book veers greatly in comparison with it.I felt the book was at times a bit repetitive, telling the same bits a ...more
Nancy
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book as I loved Memoirs of a Geisha but this book is so differently not what I expected. I loved that there was great detail and great historical view of a characters and traditionals. I did find that the villain is a little simple and one dimensional. I wish the hero was a bit more heroic. I like the idea of a the unique Geisha house but I wanted more from the extended characters.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a re
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Gladys
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Geisha with the Green Eyes by India Millar is an interesting and unique historical romance. It is gritty, raw, explicit and at times ugly. It will not appeal to all because of some subject matter. It is the harsh, harrowing and heartbreaking tale of Midori No Me. The story begins when she is thirteen years old and starts working as a pleasure worker at a pleasure house. I am posting an honest review after reading an ARC copy of this book.
Amy
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book has so much to it that it is hard to put down. The matter of factness of the geishas and their interactions with each other was pretty interesting to read about. I wasn't sure what to expect but I have to say it was one of the most captiving reads.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Tanya
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this story will make you wonder how the men can live with themselves by forcing themselves on them but one has dreams which she must keep hidden. will she be able to do what she wants or will she be stuck
Kelsey
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I logged in for the first time in years just to add this review.

The entire beginning of the story reads like a circus freak show of yellow fever. The girls in the “hidden house” are "special" because they’re abnormal- Carpi has no arms; her hands sprout from her shoulders, Naruko is a Chinese girl with bound feet, Masaki is so tiny she isn’t even three feet tall, Kiku is so obese she needs assistance standing up, Suzume can’t feel pain, and Midori is a “barbarian” half-Asian with red hair and gr
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Alina L.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Went through a quarter of the book, and I couldn't take any more of it. This is "Memoirs of a Geisha" meets "American Horror Story - Freakshow".

Leaving aside the lack of originality in the Japanese/geisha details, the main character herself is annoying as hell, because besides being flat she is also out of context with the times and society: "None of the incredibly expensive courtesan’s nightingale dung face cream for me! [...] I was grateful I wasn’t rich enough for it be used on me. The thoug
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Ashley
Sep 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am reminded of Amy Tan's Valley of Amazement when I read this, however this book is much cruder and didn't really capture Japanese history accurately. I know Amy Tan's is set in China but if I remember correctly it was roughly around the same time period and also the main character was mixed Chinese and American...Also growing up in a tea house of sorts.

This book while having an interesting cast, falls short of historical fiction. I want to believe the author attempted to research and some of
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GONZA
Sep 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I couldn't oblige myself to finish it. Partly because as a Japan lover I thought I would have find this novel, even as a work of fiction, interesting, instead it was mostly wrong starting from the Geisha. Plus it was not even interesting or well written. Sorry.

Non sono riuscita ad obbligarmi a finirlo, fondamentalmente perché per quel poco che ho studiato sul Giappone le informazioni erano parziali e scorrette, secondo poi non era nemmeno interessante come storia e inoltre era pure scritto male.
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Renn Curry
A graphic insight into a world of 'special' Geisha

I felt in two minds about this book. It seemed gratuitous and I was sure I wasn't going to keep reading. However, read I did and couldn't put it down until I'd finished.
Millar writes descriptively, generously and captivates her readers. Perfect holiday reading. This is the 1st of 3 books.
Marlet
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really noce book to read and takes to another world

I loved it 🎊❤❤ finally something romatic, but not to sweet. I loved reading this book it makes me travel and see the old japan. Without traveling 23hr flight
Tammy
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this read. I admit some parts were a bit hard to read and I wouldn’t recommend to everyone, the story is intriguing. I found the characters interesting and the story did hold my interest throughout.
sue frost
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not recommended

Re-hashed story using the sexual antics of a geisha to try and hold readers interest. Poorly written . Absolute rubbish
Carolyn G. Ronca
Wonderful reading!

Gave me good insight into the lives of Geisha during the 1850’s.
Also, there are some good twists in the plot.
Victoria
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read, once I started I struggled to put it down, I will definitely be reading more books by this authour,
Karren321
Too much sex, not enough plot

Emnoir
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-novels
I received a Kindle version of this book free from the publisher for review, and I'll begin by telling you it has one of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen! It's absolutely gorgeous and captures your attention right away.

I've never read a story based in Asian culture, so this was a refreshing change for me. I especially loved the language used by the characters. It was very unusual and perfect for the setting. There is a “Note From the Author” in the front of the book, which you should def
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Heather Osborne
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I started The Geisha with the Green Eyes with much anticipation. I loved Memoirs of a Geisha, so I was eager to read more historical romance about the practice, and the cover inspired me even more. A well-constructed story, with memorable characters, I found the novel an easy read, and kept going back to it after having put it down. I liked Midori’s character and found her struggles real in the Floating World. However, my favorite character ended up being Carpi, the poor geisha with shortened ar ...more
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INDIA MILLAR started her career in heavy industry at British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. She now lives on Spain’s glorious Costa Blanca North in an entirely male dominated household comprised of her husband, a dog, and a cat. In addition to historical romances, India also writes popular guides to living in Spain under a different name. Her Romance Noir serie ...more

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