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The Scarlet Kimono by Christina Courtenay

The Scarlet Kimono

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Winner of the Big Red Reads Historical Fiction Award 2011.

Following on from the success of her first novel Trade Winds (which we featured) The Scarlet Kimono is another beautifully written, historically accurate story with a real romance at its heart.
Hannah Marston is a head strong girl who stows away on a ship bound for 17th-centrury Japan. While the journey on board is seemingly endurance enough, things take a turn for the worse after she is abducted by samurai warriors. But can fear turn to love?

If you like Christina Courtenay you might also like to read books by Audrey Howard, Harriet Evans and Valerie Wood.


The Scarlet Kimono by Christina Courtenay

England, 1611, and young Hannah Marston envies her brother's adventurous life. But when she stows away on a merchant ship, her powers of endurance are stretched to their limit. Then they reach Japan and all her suffering seems worthwhile - until she is abducted by Taro Kumashiro's warriors. In the far north of the country, warlord Kumashiro is intrigued to learn more about the girl who he has been warned about by a seer. There's a clash of cultures and wills, but they're also fighting an instant attraction to each other. With her brother desperate to find her and the jealous Lady Reiko equally desperate to kill her, Hannah faces the greatest adventure of her life. And Kumashiro has to choose between love and compromising his honour -


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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.

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).

Author photo © Marte Lundby Rekaa

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1st March 2011


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