I almost gave this 2.5 stars but it probably deserves 3.
For three quarters of the book I was waiting for something to happen. Oh, things
happen but not suspenseful things. The most interesting thing was the
Chinese lantern festival. That's something I would love to see. But
until the very end I wondered if I was even reading a Gothic. Where was
the chilling suspense?
and the characters...I just better shut up. No sense in banging imaginary heads together.
isn't Holt's best. But if you're new to the genre and can read a book
without trying to "improve " it in your mind and if don't mind some
senseless repetition and rooting for the wrong person then you'll
probably enjoy this. But she can do so much better.
SEX: Behind closed doors, mention of mistresses.
VIOLENCE: Not an issue
ELEMENTS: Brief mention is made of yarrow sticks, cards and tea leaf
reading. Also ancestor spirits not being "happy".
MY RATING: PG