- File Size: 418 KB
- Print Length: 205 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (February 14, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 14, 2011
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004K1F7VC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Captive Bride Kindle Edition
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I began telling stories as a child. Whenever there was a sleepover, I was the designated ghost tale teller. I still have a story printed on yellow legal paper in second grade about a ghost, a witch and a talking cat.
I enjoy reading stories about people damaged by life who find healing with a like-minded soul. When I couldn't find enough books to suit my taste, I began to write them.
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Top Customer Reviews
Alan is attracted to her from the beginning, but he fights very hard against this, because he knows what she's escaped from, and he's well-aware that there's no future for them. But he keeps her on as his housekeeper, and what follows is one the most unlikely and beautiful friendship-to-love stories. Early on, there is a scene where they have a conversation--each one speaking in his/her native tongue, completely unable to understand each other's words, yet revealing deep, painful secrets precisely because there is no chance of censor. And, actually, they understand each other perfectly.Read more ›
This was my second read by Ms. Dee and it was another winner. I'm not familiar with her backlist - but I definitely plan to be - so I don't know if this is her niche in writing, but I loved how she wasn't afraid of tackling "controversial" subjects in the two books I've read. So refreshing!
Captive Bride takes place in San Francisco, 1870 - which is an unusual setting in Romancelandia. Just so you get a better understanding of that time and place, here's an excerpt of the Author's Note:
"In 1867 the Pacific Mail Steamship Company began regularly scheduled runs between Hong Kong and San Francisco. Between 1870 and 1883 an average of 12,000 Chinese were arriving in San Francisco each year.
In 1870 California passed a law against the importation of Chinese, Japanese and Mongolian women for the purpose of prostitution.
The Chinese Exclusion Act, passed by Congress in 1882, was the only U.S. law ever to prevent immigration and naturalization on the basis of race."
Chua Huiann is one of those Chinese women who are taken from their home country to be a prostitute in San Francisco. The difference is, she and her parents have been lied to and believe that she's to marry Xie Fuhua, a Chinese businessmen who's made his fortune in America. When Huiann is taken to Xie's Pleasure Palace and finds out what he really wants from her, she pretends to be resigned to her fate in order to buy some time. She manages to escape before her virginity is sold to the highest bidder and runs to hide inside the first shop that catches her attention.Read more ›
Despite the potential darkness of this story, in fact the romance was very sweet, a welcome antidote to the early parts of the story in which the heroine's despair and fear are vividly portrayed. The heroine begins to trust the hero based on his acts rather than his words, since at first they don't share a language. Their relationship develops over a series of meals and English lessons.
The ending is perhaps a little too good to be true for that historical period, but not so much that I couldn't enjoy it.
All in all, a fun and sweet read.
Captive Bride is another mail-order-bride-disaster story, but this time we have Chua Huiann who has come to America to marry Xie Fuhua, a successful Chinese businessman. Her parents hadn’t met the man, but through Lui Dai, one of Xie’s servants/agents, they were assured that their beloved, albeit unruly daughter, would have a life of prosperity and happiness. However, when Chua Huiann arrives in San Francisco she finds that things were not at all as they had been made out to be, and her life would be anything but happy.
Alan Sommers is the owner of a successful general store. He’s an honorable, hard working man who is running from the memories and nightmares that haunt him. Having fought in the Civil War and been taken prisoner early on, he spent years in captivity, not knowing whether he’d live or die, before he was finally released. Alan headed west to start a new life, but his nightmares followed him.
This story delves into the racism so prevalent during the time period, and the hardships Asian immigrants endured while trying to make a life for themselves. I don’t want to go into detail about how Huiann and Alan meet and spoil it for you, but I enjoyed watching their relationship grow into a sweet love story. Their cultural difference and the language barrier made for some fun and touching moments.
Overall, Captive Bride was another enjoyable, sweet and sexy read by Bonnie Dee, and I’m looking forward to more by this talented author.
This story was provided to me by netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A sweet and ultimately silly read. Not too sure about the historical accuracy or whether it represented Chinese culture appropriately.Published 1 month ago by Rachel Blake
Enjoyable book that takes place in San Francisco in 1870. It seemed to be well researched and the information was basically imparted as part of the story of this Chinese girl who... Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Jacqueline
I wasn't sure what I was getting into with Captive Bride, but as the story unfolded, it became clear that this story was better than I had expected. Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by E. Bradley