Stirring Portrait of an Artist
Pan Yuliang never envisioned that her life would turn out like this. When her mother died, she was sent to her uncle’s house. He raised her along with the help of a maid. She was to be promised to a man and then be married. That is what her mother’s wish for her and a promise from her uncle.
However, her uncle had a drug habit and ran out of money. He had to get drugs somehow, so he sold Yuliang into prostitution at the age of 14.
She was brought to “The Hall of Eternal Splendor” and was taught the ways of seduction and “bed business.”
She was told to seduce the new inspector, Pan Zanhua. This was very important so that he could be kept in line and continue turning a blind eye, as the old inspector did. However, it did not work out that way. He could not be bought. He didn’t fall for the hook as much as he was attracted to Yuliang.
Yuliang knew her fate. “Grandmother,” the madam would beat her unmercifully. Pan Zanhua saw she was crying and he got her to tell him the truth. Zanhua rescued her from her fate and took her in as his concubine.
Zanhua really believed in equality and gave Yuliang an education. She became fascinated with art and started sketching. As her career as an artist took off both her and Zanhua become torn between her success and their love for each other.
Pan Yuliang was a real person, a famous artist. This book of historical fiction fills in what parts of her life may have been like. Jennifer cody Epstein really did her research and paints a colourful portrait of the life of Pan Yaliang. I felt like I was there as a witness to everything she endured and her triumph as an artist. The characters are believable and the writing is beautiful and richly textured.
This books is a real page turner and kept me up into the wee hours of the morning. I just couldn’t put it down! I cannot recommend this book high enough. It does not disappoint!
Thanks to Lisa with TLC Book Tours for inviting me to participate in this book tour!
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