As World War II rages, Francine Lawrence and her small daughter, Ruth, wait in the fading splendor of Raffles Hotel in Singapore for Francine's British husband. But when he is delayed, Francine, half-Chinese and unwelcome there, is forced to begin a terrifying journey.
Seeking to escape a world exploding in nightmare, Francine ultimately makes a gut-wrenching decision: to entrust Ruth to strangers in order to save the child's life. But when the war ends, all traces of Ruth have vanished; years of searching bring only heartbreak.
Three decades later Francine is a formidable businesswoman, pouring all her energies into her companies. Then one day a soft-spoken young woman walks into her New York office on the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts.
Her name is Sakura, and she hints that she may be Francine's daughter. What Francine does not know is that beneath Sakura's calm surface lives the heart of a warrior. Francine cannot begin to imagine the places Sakura has been, the horrors she has endured -- or the secret that gives her the strongest motive in the world to lie....
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"Suspenseful ... highly atmospheric ... harrowing."
-- Publishers Weekly
"The action in this fast-paced romantic thriller rages across three decades' worth of drama."
Don't miss these other books by Marius Gabriel:
House of Many Rooms
The Mask of Time
The Original Sin
Marius Gabriel, author of House of Many Rooms, The Mask of Time, and The Original Sin, is a former Shakespearean scholar who left his academic pursuits to become a full-time writer. Mr. Gabriel is also an artist and a musician. He lives in Spain with his wife and three children.
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Book Description Bantam, 2001. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110553572318
Book Description Bantam. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0553572318 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1153960