China, 1700s. The Emperor conquers a new territory and a woman is sent to the Forbidden City as a concubine. The Emperor falls in love, but is she really who she says she is… and is he in danger? Based on legends that grew up around a real woman.
Melissa mainly writes historical fiction set in Morocco and China. In 2016 she was the Writer in Residence at the British Library and is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Surrey. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
Reading this novel was a moving and wonderful excursion into a different time. Historical Novel Society
Melissa has the ability to capture her audience and keep them there till the book is over. A Comfy Chair review blog
Fascinating, dangerous story that captured and held my attention throughout. The Historical Novel Review