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The Gilded Fan by Christina Courtenay


The Gilded Fan

Christina Courtenay


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Winner of the Historical Category Romantic Novel of the Year at the RNA Awards 2014.

From the author of four successful award-winning novels, this is a gorgeous historical romance and the sequel to Christina’s second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, that won The Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction award in 2011. The orphaned daughter of a Japanese Warlord is forced to flee Japan with the help of Captain Nico Noordholt but their tentative romance is threatened by secrets they both have and the English civil war. Meticulous research and well-drawn characters make this a highly enjoyable read.

Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance.



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The Gilded Fan by Christina Courtenay

How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love? It's 1641, and when Midori Kumashiro, the orphaned daughter of a warlord, is told she has to leave Japan or die, she has no choice but to flee to England. Midori is trained in the arts of war, but is that enough to help her survive a journey, with a lecherous crew and an attractive captain she doesn't trust? Having come to Nagasaki to trade, the last thing Captain Nico Noordholt wants is a female passenger, especially a beautiful one. How can he protect her from his crew when he can't keep his own eyes off her? During their journey, Nico and Midori form a tentative bond, but they both have secrets that can change everything. When they arrive in England, a civil war is brewing, and only by standing together can they hope to survive -


Reviews

Christina Courtenay can always be relied on to deliver a sweeping historical novel richly imbued with atmosphere, passion and intrigue and The Gilded Fan is certainly no exception. Exciting, daring and wonderfully emotional, The Gilded Fan transports readers back to the past and sweeps them up into a world of peril, danger and romance which they will never want to leave.



About the Author

Christina Courtenay

Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.


Christina is vice chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. In 2011, Christina’s first novel Trade Winds (September 2010) was short listed for The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, won the Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction Award. In 2012, Highland Storms (November 2011) won the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award (RoNA). And The Silent Touch of Shadows (July 2012), Christina’s fourth novel, won the award for Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance.

 

Christina was appointed as chair of the Romantic Novelists’s Association in 2013.

 

Below is a Q & A with this author.

 

How would you describe your novel?
A contemporary YA romance with a UK/US culture clash (the heroine is a British girl who has to go to an American high school for a year).

What gave you the inspiration for the story?
I spent three years at an American high school myself and at a recent alumni reunion, I started to think back to that time and this sparked the idea for the story.  The heroine is how I would have liked to be but wasn’t – independent, strong and self-confident – and the hero is the kind of boy I would have liked to date.


Where and how do you write?
I can write anywhere with my laptop, but my favourite place is at my desk with a proper keyboard (so much easier to type on!).  I don’t do much plotting beforehand, I just sit down and write until I get stuck, then I might try and make an outline plan of where the rest of the story is going.

Who do you base your characters on?
I almost always use a real person (actor, celebrity, rock star or similar) as the inspiration for my characters’ looks, then I invent a completely new personality for them.  I love going to the cinema and finding new hero/heroine material!

 

What three things would you take if you were to be stranded on a desert island?
My iPad (loaded with as many books as it would hold), chocolate and a Swiss Army knife I think (the biggest kind with every gadget under the sun).


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350 pages

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Choc Lit

Publication date
7th February 2013

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ISBN
9781781890080
 


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