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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (27 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373777736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373777730
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.6 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,188,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA TODAY bestselling author Jeannie Lin grew up fascinated with stories of Western epic fantasy and Eastern martial arts adventures. When her best friend introduced her to romance novels in middle school, the stage was set. Jeannie started writing her first book while working as a high school science teacher in South Central Los Angeles.

Jeannie is known for writing groundbreaking historical romances set in Tang Dynasty China with Asian heroes and heroines starting with her Golden Heart award-winning debut, Butterfly Swords. Her Asian historicals have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and The Dragon and the Pearl was listed among Library Journal's Best Romances of 2011.

She currently writes two historical romance series for Harlequin Historical and HQN featuring Chinese warriors and scholars, courtesans and swordswomen. Beginning in 2014, she will be starting a steampunk series set during the Opium Wars.

Titles by Jeannie Lin:
The Jade Temptress (The Lotus Palace #2)
The Lotus Palace
Butterfly Swords
The Dragon and the Pearl
My Fair Concubine
The Sword Dancer

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My favorite historical romance in ages. It has a really rich, fascinating historical setting, wonderful characters, an interesting mystery, and really, really smart writing. There are real, serious issues dividing the hero and heroine, ranging from status issues to past traumas, but they're both so perfect for each other - each of them vulnerable and flawed, loyal and heroic in different ways - that I was HUGELY invested in their eventual happy ending. I can't wait to read more books by Jeannie Lin!
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THE LOTUS PALACE is the first storyline in Jeannie Lin's new historical romance, mystery series of the same name with an emphasis on mystery and suspense. The Lotus Palace is a house where men with money meet with the courtesans for talk, sex and a little gossip. Yue-ying, due to her unfortunate circumstances, is the maidservant to the Lotus Palace working girls but she has caught the eye and attention of a well-connected and privileged young man.

There are several interconnecting storylines in The Lotus Palace. The first is the building relationship between Yue-ying and Bai Huang. For several months Bai as been visiting the palace with eyes for another-a young courtesan of whom Yue-ying is personally connected but his feelings and his heart are drawn to the young servant girl who hides behind a mask of servitude and knowledge beyond her years. The relationship begins as professional to friends, lovers then more.

The second is a murder mystery when a beautiful courtesan from a competing house is found murdered following a liason with an unknown male. The rumors and innuendo begin to surface when Yue-ying's companion at The Lotus Palace goes missing and another body is pulled from the river on the night of the Dragon Boat festival.

Thirdly, Jeannie weaves a story of political intrigue, bribery and illegal imports of various goods. With his underground and political connections, Bai Huang, along with Yue-ying, begin a search for the missing courtesan and discover that the guilt goes all the way to the top. And there is no mercy for those found guilty of the crimes.

THE LOTUS PALACE is a beautiful story set in the Tang Dynasty of historical China.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Elegance and heroism! What a combination! 27 Aug 2013
By Judith Peterson - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is written so eloquently that you find yourself engulfed in each word from the moment you open the book. Living in a time and place where the quality of one's clothes, the mere fabric, spoke of your class. Living in a time when only the essential words were used. Each word a key to the thought of the one speaking. Living in a time when one appreciated what one had and made the most of it.

Jeannie Lin's books are works of art. They bring you into a world where you are entertained by the early times in China. This historical fiction is brilliantly written. It's easy to read and so much fun!

This book has it all. It has love and mystery. There are two murders. Who did it? Why? Will love stand tall? That's what this book is. It's how family looks out for each other. No matter if one lives in a home of courtesans or a castle, it's the love and care of family. It's love and beauty.

Pick up a copy today! By the way, if you haven't read Jeannie Lin's other books, please pick up a copy of those as well. They are all brilliantly written!

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Exotic adventure! 4 Sep 2013
By Nicole Laverdure - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have just read this book THE LOTUS PALACE by Jeannie Lin.
What a delightful journey, it has been to discover the fascinating world of courtesans.
The Lotus Palace was the home of the most exquisite courtesans in China.
It's the story of Yue-ying a young maidservant and personal attendant of Mingyu, an elite courtesan
and of Bai Huang aristocratic playboy! I loved Ms. Lin's characters and the role they played in this murder mystery plot filled with intrigues. I love how the author developped the friendship that was transformed with time into a beautiful love between Yue-ying and Bai Huang. This world that the story was set in, was filled with secrets and it kept me interested until the end. You will want to know who is the murderer!
Ms. Lin is a talented storyteller, she very well described in so many ways, the many roles that women held in the Chinese society through out times. It was also interesting to discover the traditions and the culture of China!
I highly recommend THE LOTUS PALACE, Ms. Lin's first book in The Lotus Palace series.
I will definitely be reading more books by this author.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Engaging Trip Through the Lotus Palace 28 Aug 2013
By SarahC - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this story to be a very pleasant, easy, engaging read. The story is a romance, but it has a nice element of mystery around each character. Everyone has a secret or intrigue to hide, and it's quite fun reading along to find out what will be revealed about whom.

This book, while following the lead characters Yue-ying and Huang, actually contains three basic plots occurring in the world around them. It's quite ambitious, but generally well done.

One involves the complicated romantic feelings developing between Yue-ying and Huang--naturally forbidden because she is a servant in the pleasure district, and he is the son of a nobleman. This thread is very sweet, since both have worlds of drummed-in prejudices gained from prior experiences and noble ideals to overcome. It's a treat to watch these two evolve from an uneasy friendship into true romance through not only their investigations, but also Huang's studies to pass the Imperial exams. Their ultimate resolution seemed a little sudden, a change not in their own perceptions, but of those around them who nay-say their relationship. Still, it was nice to see the answer being provided by the strong women in the story.

The second plot revolves around the murder of a courtesan. That story is the catalyst for all the others, but in the end, I found it a bit confusing. Its resolution seemed to be almost an afterthought to the other characters.

The third plot comes with the disappearance of Yue-ying's contracted mistress, Mingyu. Her disappearance is much more interesting since it directly involves Yue-ying, and there is more at stake in it for our lead couple. Through this story, we see many secrets revealed, and we get some great characterizations in Constable Wu and Huang's sister, Wei-wei.

I'd recommend this book for readers who like a little something more mixed with their romance fiction. In this case you get a variety of mystery and intrigue threads that interweave the romance and bind it together. It's great to see a story with an Asian setting, too. The Tang Dynasty background adds an exotic element of historic atmosphere to each scene, although no specific historic events are mentioned.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and Unique setting, but the romance fell flat for me 22 Oct 2013
By Dawn Smoker - Published on
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I seldom post negative reviews, I simply assume a book that is not to my taste may appeal to many others. Despite the fascinating historical setting of the Lotus Palace in China, I had great difficulty finishing this book, and indeed skimmed the last third of the book in order to complete it.

The damaged Maidservant Yue-Ying struggles to return the love of the immature playboy and failing scholar Bai Huang. Both are attempting to solve a mysterious murder of an elite courtesan in ancient China. Red herrings abound, the plot twists and turns all over the place, major secrets are revealed, and a villain is uncovered and justly punished. The setting is by far the star of the story--it felt unique and authentic and it was the main driver in keeping me engaged in the book.

The one flaw for me, as a person who needs at least one character I love in order to invest myself in a novel, was that I had extreme difficulty liking either of the main characters. Bai Huang came across as gorgeous but shallow, and I had difficulty buying into his attraction to Yue-Ying. Yue-Ying, due to an admittedly traumatic life, comes across as cold-hearted and practical, giving her body to him like a commodity, rather that out of love, at least at first, and for far too long. Granted, that is all she knew, but it was very unappealing. These two people coming together--I am afraid it just did not work for me.

Again, this is just my opinion. And I will happily try another novel by Jeannie Lin. She is definitely a talented author, and I'd like to see more of her work.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Enter the world of "The Lotus Palace" 31 Aug 2013
By cjyar - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
"The Lotus Palace" is a very moving novel that takes readers into a world that most know little about, all the while making you care enormously about the characters. Yue-ying is an unusual heroine in that she has a beauty most do not recognize (due to what she believes is a disfiguring facial birthmark) and a practical attitude toward her past, her station in life, and how little she can expect. Lord Bai Huang is a privileged aristocrat with familial and personal advantages putting him in a world that has no place for a woman like Yue-ying. The beauty and joy of this intricately written novel is discovering how these two get to know each other, contribute to solving the mystery of two murders, and shatter all expectations while fighting for their future happiness.

Tang Dynasty China comes alive with detail and meticulous description. Secondary characters are also finely drawn and contribute to both plot and setting, helping to make up the world in which Yue-ying and Bai Huang struggle to find their place together. While the mystery keeps you guessing and moves the plot along, the characters truly shine and are what make this book special for me. Everything comes together in creating an exceptional historical romance novel that you will remember long after turning the last page.

I personally cannot wait for what author Jeannie Lin plans next!
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