Neato entry this week! I've requested this off Librarything's Early Reviewer group but i doubt i'll get it. Not sure which cover i like more; the black and red one reminds me of the Memoirs of a Geisha movie poster.
The first novel by author Maureen Linley is out September 1. The Librarything blurb is below:
Peking, 1914. When the eight-year-old princess Eastern Jewel is caught spying on her father’s liaison with a servant girl, she is banished from the palace, sent to live with a powerful family in Japan. Renamed Yoshiko Kawashima, she quickly falls in love with her adoptive country, where she earns a scandalous reputation, taking fencing lessons, smoking opium, and entertaining numerous lovers. Sent to Mongolia to become an obedient wife, Yoshiko mounts a daring escape and eventually finds her way back to Peking high society—this time with orders from the Japanese secret service.
Sounds interesting. The amazon reviews are mixed but i want to give this new author a chance. This book is loosely based on real person, Yoshiko Kawashima.