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The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo

The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo [Kindle Edition]

Zen Cho
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For writer Jade Yeo, the Roaring Twenties are coming in with more of a purr. She's perfectly happy making a living by churning out articles on what the well-dressed woman is wearing. But when she pillories one of London's leading literary luminaries in a scathing review, she may have made the mistake of her career.

Sebastian Hardie is tall, dark and handsome--and more intrigued than annoyed. Jade is irresistibly drawn to the prospect of adventure he offers. But if she succumbs to temptation, she risks losing her hard-won freedom--and her best chance for love.


Hardie looked at me. I thought he was going to say something serious and philosophical about loneliness, but instead he lifted his hand and traced the air just above my cheekbones, almost touching me but not quite.

“It’s a shame I’m no sort of artist,” he said, so low I had to strain to hear him over the noise. “How I should like to paint those lines.”

Now what is one supposed to say to that?

“I’m sure you’d be nice to paint too,” I said, unable to think of anything better.

Hardie laughed.

“Poor Ariel,” he said. “Alone on an incomprehensible island. Has any other mariner heard your whispers, or did they think it just the wind?”

“I’m really more of a Caliban,” I said primly.

Hardie tilted his head.

“Even better,” he said.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 181 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Zen Cho; 1 edition (30 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087NQRM2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Zen Cho is a Malaysian writer of SFF and romance. She was born and raised in Selangor, read law at Cambridge, and currently lives in London.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a pleasure to meet Jade Yeo 2 Jun 2013
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This well-written and entertaining novella of life in literary London of the Twenties is a fun and quick read, with a well-judged message about the problems of orientalism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tea and biscuits in the twenties 28 Sep 2012
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I did enjoy the book, despite the twenties not being my favourite period. Jade is an enjoyably independent heroine, although it took me a while to realise the book was set in the twenties and not just terrifically old-fashioned. Tea and biscuits tropes in English fiction are a pet peeve of mine, but that's what comes from being a Brit, I guess.
Anyway, a very well written book with a beautiful cover which reminded me a bit of 'The L shaped Room'. Also worth checking out the author's website for links to more genre fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, unusual romance 19 Jun 2012
By Aliette De Bodard - Published on
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I'll freely admit that romance isn't my stuff, but this is so sweet and so sharp at the same time that it's well worth a read. In the London of the Roaring Twenties, writer Jade Yeo struggles to make a living--until her path intersects that of noted writer Sebastian Hardie, to unexpected circumstances. I loved seeing a well worn historical period from a non-English point of view (and having the subtle indictment of colonialism as well). Zen has a very sharp eye for detail, which makes the pages of this just fly by (loved that Jade snarkily comments on the quality of Chinese vases in London townhouses, and just loved her relationship with Ravi)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A+ 22 Dec 2012
By ryfkah - Published on
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For anyone who likes romance, or the 1920s, or fearless and witty Malaysian lady writer protagonists who write scathing literary criticism, or in fact all of these things should read this novella immediately.

This is a novella written in diary entries about books and feelings. In more detail, it's also about London's fashionable avant-garde literary set of the 1920s, and brilliant and sexy Indian journal editors, and intolerable aunts -- all right, just the one editor and just the one aunt, but they have more than enough personality to make up for it. But mostly it is just adorable. (I'm a hard sell on romance; when I say something is adorable I mean it.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, fun, so well done 5 July 2012
By Shannon Phillips - Published on
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"The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo" is enormously fun and deftly written. It's a sweet, engaging romance with a very likable heroine -- smart but naive, practical but inexperienced, independent but not *quite* prepared for the consequences of her indiscretions. A very sweet, entertaining read.

And I want to make it clear that the only reason I'm docking this a star is because I'm judging it by the standard of Jane Austen and Dorothy Sayers. By THAT standard, okay? Zen Cho is absolutely at that level: she deserves the comparison. This story is very smart and completely charming. But ultimately it's a fun, quick read rather than an enduring classic for the ages, because things are a little *easy* for Jade -- she just does whatever she wants, and then the happy ending kind of falls into her lap. She isn't forced to wrestle with the flaws of her own character the way that, say, Elizabeth Bennet or Harriet Vane do before they get their happy-ever-afters.

Instead, this is a cotton-candy story. It dissolves on your mind and leaves a sweet taste behind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Completely charming 2 Aug 2012
By sixquarters - Published on
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Cho's storytelling is deft and her style is light and lovely. I would've happily spent a full novel with Jade Yeo but the story I got didn't feel rushed or strained, only natural to the form. And I absolutely loved this vision of London in the twenties.
5.0 out of 5 stars I just got hit with a charm bomb, and I am not sure I still have all my limbs... 8 Aug 2014
By Claire S. Cooney - Published on
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This was amazing! A friend recommended it and almost instantly it reminded me of three of my favorite things. It has a bright original first person narrator, reminiscent of I Capture the Castle, or Cold Comfort Farm, or The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It is so great to read a POC narrator! Her love story is funny, familiar, but also entirely unconventional, and set in a more diverse London in the 1920s than we are used to seeing. I will be checking out many more Zen Cho books, that's for sure.
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