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The Blue Dress Girl [Kindle Edition]

E.V. Thompson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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When a Chinese peasant girl is chosen as a concubine to Li Hung, Chief Customs Officer for the bustling port of Canton, her parents tell her it is a great honour – but the seedy reality is far from honourable. After an incident with a lecherous British trader she is sent away and is injured during the voyage when a British man-o’-war fires at the junk in which she is travelling. Second Lieutenant Kernow Keats, a Royal Marine from the man-o’-war, boards the junk and, moved by the plight of the fragile young girl, makes arrangements to take her to a mission hospital in Hong Kong where their romance blossoms. However, a love affair between a British officer and a Chinese peasant girl is unthinkable in 1857, and when Kernow becomes inextricably involved in the vicious war being waged by the Chinese Taiping rebels it seems their love is doomed. From the author of Chase the Wind and Though the Heavens May Fall this beautifully told saga is majestically woven around the lives of two people, discovering unexpected feelings in unfamiliar territory.

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Mr Thompson has the verbal photography of Ernest Hemingway. --The Cornish Guardian

With settings that stretch from China to Cornwall, these sagas delight. --Independent

About the Author

E.V. Thompson was born in London, After spending nine years in the Royal Navy, he served as a Vice Squad policeman in Bristol, became an investigator for British Overseas Airways (during which time he was seconded to the Hong Kong Police Narcotics Bureau), then headed Rhodesia's Department of Civil Aviation Security Section. While in Rhodesia, he published over two hundred short stories before moving back to England to become a full-time award-winning writer. His first novel, Chase the Wind, the opening book in the Retallick saga, won the Best Historical Novel Award, and since then more than thirty novels have won him thousands of admirers around the world. In 2011 E.V. Thompson was awarded an MBE for services to literature and to the Cornish community.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0709098464
  • Publisher: Robert Hale (31 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAC404A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars women in china 6 May 2013
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A gripping tale of how a woman's life was out of her hands and directed by the men in her life. She was a sympathetic and likeable heroine
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good historical read 13 April 2013
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I found this book a little heavy on historical detail than on plot and depth. I found the overall storyline to be weak but it is packed with detail on 19th century British and Chinese battles and missionary work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chinese history 4 Feb. 2014
By Mrs
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Very interesting read. Haven't read very many books which touch on the history and culture of imperial china but thought this was constructed well with very few pages of dull content. I read it on holiday over New Year and felt very absorbed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent historical/love story 21 April 2000
By A Customer
This book gives you a wonderful insight into the lifestyle in China during the war between Britain and China, and the struggle facing missionaries in a communist country. Intertwined through all this is a lovely story of forbidden love, and the struggle to find a compromise in an uncompromising situation. One of the best novels I have read from E.V.Thompson.
Mr Thompson, if you read this, please e.mail me with a list of all your books, especially the eighth book in the Retallick series. I am struggling to find more of your books to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With only one to go. 17 Dec. 2013
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EV Thompson has become a 'favorite author' in my entire family. We are all now great fans of All of his writings. I believe I personally have One more to go, and I will come to the end of his books. A sad day for all of us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it 4 May 2013
By kathy
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up to scratch, nice to know Mr Thompson has not lost his touch , Thank you very much , look forward to the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer 4 Jan. 2014
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As always with E V Thompson, a superb read. I have read his books for 30 years and have enjoyed the vast majority.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read. 25 Jun. 2014
By Alison
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Very different to other E V Thompson that I've read but all the more enjoyable for that. Well written as usual. Don't expect a Cornish setting though!
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