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The Courtesan and the Samurai: Historical Romance
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The Courtesan and the Samurai: Historical Romance [Kindle Edition]

Lesley Downer
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Vividly narrated...I believed in this engrossing story and felt my insides quake as Hana approached her invevitable fate (Jonathan Mirsky THE SPECTATOR 2010-04-24)

This is historical romance at its best. (Lancashire Evening Post 2010-05-20)

A wonderful novel full of fact, fiction, fear and fantasy. If you like your love stories epic, then this will surely hit the mark. (Historical Novel Review, May 2010)

With exotic locations and a tale of lives torn apart by adversity, this is heart-stopping romance. (Lancashire Evening Post 2010-07-22)

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In the Floating World of the Yoshiwara sex is for sale and the only forbidden fruit is love ... A new romantic and exotic novel by the bestselling author of The Last Concubine.

From the Inside Flap

It is 1868.

In Japan's exotic pleasure quarters, sex is for sale and the only forbidden fruit is love...

Hana is just seventeen when her husband goes to war, leaving her alone and very vulnerable. When enemy soldiers attack her house she flees for her life across the shattered city of Tokyo and takes refuge in the Yoshiwara, its famous pleasure quarter. There she is forced to train as a courtesan.

Yozo, a traveller, adventurer and brilliant swordsman, returns to Japan after four years in the Victorian West to discover that the world he left behind him has been destroyed. He travels north to join his rebel comrades, but is captured during their final battle. Escaping, he makes his way south to the only place where a man is beyond the reach of the law - the Yoshiwara.

There in the Nightless City where three thousand courtesans mingle with geishas and jesters, the battered fugitive meets the beautiful courtesan.

But each has a secret so terrible, that once revealed, it will threaten their very lives ...

From the Back Cover

It is 1868.

In Japan's exotic pleasure quarters, where sex is for sale and the only forbidden fruit is love, a fugitive soldier is about to meet a beautiful courtesan.

Inspired by real historical events, The Courtesan and the Samurai blends fact and fiction, suspense and sensuality in an epic story of love at a time of war.

About the Author

Lesley Downer's mother was Chinese and her father a professor of Chinese, so she grew up in a house full of books on Asia. But it was Japan, not China, that proved the more alluring and it was there that she lived for over fifteen years. She has written many books about the country and its culture, including Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World, and Madame Sadayakko: The Geisha who Seduced the West, and has presented television programmes on Japan for Channel 4 and the BBC. She now lives in London, but still makes sure she returns to Japan at least once a year.
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