--Honorable Mentions in General Fiction2009 Los Angeles Book Festival
2009 Nashville Book Festival
2009 London Book Festival
2009 DIY Book FestivalOur Hart hits the ground running and only reprises that earlier novel in quick asides.... fine and tightly controlled novel. -- Reviewed by Steve Donoghu
--Historical Novel Society (May 2010)As Historical Fiction books go, this is without doubt one of the best I have read in 2009, and my guess is that it is going to surpass the success that the author had with My Splendid Concubine.
--Simon Barrett, Blogger News NetworkOur Hart is...a historical novel in the finest tradition, where one cannot be sure what is real and what is fiction...a most unconventional, and poignant, love story.
--John H. Manhold from FascinatingAuthors.comHistorical fiction potboiler, yes. But where the `Concubine' saga truly shines is its thought-provoking passages on relationships, attitudes and cultural differences.
--Tom Carter, author of China: Portrait of a People
From the Author
Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine, the sequel to My Splendid Concubine, continues the love story that Robert Hart did not want the world to discover. It is well known that behind every great man, there is a woman. In Robert's case, that woman was his concubine, Ayaou. She remained a mystery for more than a century. Robert arrived in China in 1854. By 1908, he was the godfather of China's modernization. The Ch'ing Dynasty called him Our Hart.
--Three Clover Press