My Splendid Concubine, a Novel by Lloyd Lofthouse, is the portrayal of Sir Robert Hart's early years in China during the mid 19th Century. Not much is actually known of those years as Hart reportedly burned his diaries which would chronicle those years. He returned to Ireland late in his life in 1908 and died in 1911 at the age of 76. A highly revered man in England as well as China.
Lofthouse weaves a tale of intrigue, lust, love, loyalty, danger and disaster in Hart's early years while working as the Interpreter at the British Consulate in Ningpo. The book will captivate you, revealing China's cultures, customs and ancient organized civilization that foreign governments brought corruption into play proving once again the almighty dollar, pound sterling or yuan is King.
I would highly recommend this Novel to all, but beware, the rating is not PG, meaning some passages even made this sixty year old blush, albeit an enjoyable embarrassment. Steamy, exciting, intriguing danger waits at every turn of the page, trust me in this.
Posted on Amazon.com, July 31, 2008