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The Song of the Wild Geese

(The Geisha Who Ran Away #1)

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Terue. The girl who was plucked from obscurity to become the most sought after geisha in Edo’s Floating World. The geisha who was so beautiful and talented that one of the richest nobles in Japan desired her as his wife.

But Terue wanted more from life, and was willing to risk everything to get it. Pregnant with her lover’s child and knowing that the disgrace would mean
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Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Red Empress Publishing
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Coco.V
Oct 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Emma
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book. I read it straight through the night till the early morning. That is how good this book is. It had me totally engaged and spellbound. This story reads as if it was a true to life story of a poor young child sold to become a geisha. I became entranced in this world that was in Edo. Japan. Junko as a child was taken to the Floating World to the Green Tea House to be trained as a geisha. She was naturally talented in song and with musical instruments and she was ...more
Ming Wei
A powerful story about how a young girls life transformed unimaginably, which might have been a common theme during this period in history. You quickly become embedded into the story, which is very hard to put down, once you start reading it, I will not include spoilers about the story line, but it is enthralling and very interesting, using an intelligent and expressive writing style the author develops deep characteristics for the main character. The book makes you feel a connection with the ...more
Beth deAcosta
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Left me breathless

This story needs nothing else than a loving soul to enjoy reading from beginning to last page. It's one of the greatest historical romance books I've read in my 73 years. Don't procrastinate a minute....please read and fill your heart with intrigue!
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Texas
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Song of the Wild Geese #1 - It is refreshing to read a well put together book. Well written, well edited and extremely knowledgeable of the subject matter. I had a hard time putting this book and kept feeling grateful that I had all three books of this series to chain read.

For those fortunate enough to have read the Shogun Series by James Clavell, you'll enjoy this story into the life of an 11-year-old country girl sold to a famous Geisha house in Edo. The mindset of the Japanese; the
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Saundra Wright
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the beginning of another wonderful India Millar trilogy. Few have share the Floating World of early Japan with America as well as she does. Her books are epic, scanning cultures and the world, with characters who will loom just as large in your memory.

Junko came to the Floating World as many young girls did in her age. Her Auntie found her in an impoverished village. She was purchased from her family with the money helping to feed those left behind. Junko was eleven years old.

Being
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Carol
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely 5 stars - yes it was amazing. Bitter sweet and painful, the story of a poor village girl who was sold to the owner of a Tea House, to be groomed and raised to be a geisha. Depending on the geisha, sought after young virgins can be negotiated for a lot of money, for the privilege of de-flowering them. Of course, the punters have to be rich and they tend to be old men, which is what young Terue was subjected to... which would maybe not have been so awful if she had not fallen for ...more
Melanie S
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, baby, historical, romance
Heartrending and heartwarming in equal measure

Imperial Japan on the 19th century is the setting for the story of Junko, a penniless ragamuffin girl who is sold into the most brutal and elegant form of slavery - the Floating World of the Geisha. The novel sees the belittled and discarded Junko transformed into Terue, the most famous and cultured geisha in Edo. I cried more than once for the shame and suffering she endured, but Terue's transformation is more than physical - she learns lessons of
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Nancy
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is so worth reading,For those fortunate enough to have read the Shogun Series by James Clavell, you'll enjoy this story into the life of an 11-year-old country girl sold to a famous Geisha house in Edo. The mindset of the Japanese; the teachings and trails of becoming a Geisha; the traditions of Japanese life; and the horrors for females born into poor families come to life in this vividly descriptive, factually true and fascinating story. I already know the history of Japan and its ...more
Stella
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful refreshing and well written book.
The Author is extremely knowledgeable with regard to the intricacy and complexity of Japanese life and traditions.
This factually true and fascinating story captures the reader's attention as the book is being read making it a difficult book to put down.
There are excellent detailed descriptions to events, scenes, and settings and the characters are well researched and very well defined.
This is an amazing and fascinating historical fiction that will
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Shelly Wolf
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I've read this author,,,,,

For those fortunate enough to have read the Shogun Series by James Clavell, you'll enjoy this story into the life of an 11-year-old country girl sold to a famous Geisha house in Edo.,,,, this is the prequel to The Geisha with the Green Eyes,,,, It was amazing to read some of the things about the Geisha and in the end it all turns out that she has to do what's best for her unborn baby,,,, was a good read and I would so totally recommend this book
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Erin
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book reminded me of Memoirs of a Geisha and I loved that book and movie. Beautiful storyline with personable characters.Terue was such a strong character and she wanted so much more out of life. She is fierce and loyal to the protection of her lovely daughter Kazhua. I couldn't put this book down once I started and I look forward to continuing this series.
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Claudia
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is about a young girl, who is sold by her family to become a geisha. It is not as bad as it sounds, as to become an accomplished geisha one needs education and good food. But life is not easy, especially when a young foreign man stirs the waters.
The book is mostly well written, but I had some problems with the partial translations of Japanese terms. It seemed to make things more confusing than if the Japanese terms had been kept.
Heidi
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know much about Japanese culture going into this, so it was absolutely fascinating to learn about the culture and what women had to go through just to survive. This was a beautiful story about a geisha and her journey to save herself and her daughter. I am looking forward to reading subsequent books in the series.

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Alina
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Setting up to be a prequel series to the Geisha with the Green Eyes, The Song of the Wild Geese is a fascinating historical fiction account of a Geisha, who is confined by society's rules and must do everything she can to protect her and her unborn child - even if that means leaving everything she has ever known behind. This is a beautiful read.
Laura Hoenshell
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me interested and wanting to read more. I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed how the couple got together and what happened to them. I can't wait for the next in the series to read to find out more

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Jackie
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story. Terue was given to a Geisha house and becomes the most sought after. She wants more out of life than this. It’s a story that you won’t put down.
KC Jones
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great read

A wonderful story about Japan and the women who lived there. Geisha girls were honored in their own ways. The culture is so unique to the western world.
Gale Laroche
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love these books.

I have enjoyed reading this author’s books. I was thinking they should make a mini-series of these stories. India Millar is a great writer!
Tanya
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
she has been picked and she is a Geisha who is very popular with the men. She wants more so when she gets pregnant with her lover baby. She has to make a choice when her baby is born. She had intentions of fleeing Japan. What will happen now? will She run? Will she stay? See what will happen

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Michelle Irwin
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stolen innocence.

So sad that the little girls were of no value to families and were sold off as easily as a piece of furniture. I'm sure the mothers felt the loss of their daughters, but you know in a man's world...
Makes me sick to think,they actually thought they were doing them a favor. Really good book. Looking forward to reading the next one
Martha P.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book which covers the life of a Japanese geisha girl, from childhood when her parents sell her through the amazing story of her life. Unexpectedly, it ends up being a commentary on slavery of all kinds. I would read it again.
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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 ...more

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“Life is far too short not to enjoy it,” she instructed me cheerfully. “If I have one word of advice for you, Junko, it is this. Never do anything that you do not want to do. Never put a morsel of food into your mouth that you will not enjoy. If it is raining, do not sigh for the sunshine. Regret nothing.” 1 likes
“Living only for the moment, giving all our time to the pleasures of the moon, the snow, cherry blossoms, and maple leaves. Singing songs, drinking sake, caressing each other, just drifting, drifting. Never giving a care if we had no money, never sad in our hearts. Only like a plant moving on the river’s current; this is what is called The Floating World.” 1 likes
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