Today I am reviewing Daughter of the Bamboo Forest by Sheng-Shih Lin.
Blurb: Alone in the bamboo forest, seven-year-old Little Jade, still dressed in red silk after her father’s recent wedding, wonders whether she will ever meet her real mother. DAUGHTER OF THE BAMBOO FOREST is a story set in war-torn, post-revolutionary China during the 1940s. From age seven to twelve, Little Jade longs for the attention of an opium-addicted father and clashes with a desperate, resentful stepmother. The young girl is inadvertently swept by the tides of history, encountering a plague that decimated a village, Catholic nuns in a convent school, and the fabled dragon king along the way.
Review: This is the kind of historical novel I really enjoy. It weaves fascinating facts of China during the 40’s before Communist government cemented it’s power. Told simply from the perspective of a small girl child as she lives in this tumultuous time it was captivating. I found myself crying along with little Jade as she searched for the love and acceptance she so desperately longed for. Loved the ending and would have loved to followed them longer on the journey. It was a little slow at times and had a few minor editing errors If you enjoy a historical novel that makes you want to find out more about a time and place this is for you. Off to research more of this. It gets a 4 star.