The book is a sweeping love-story through time, continents and diverse cultures. Like a modern-day Marco Polo, Lily invites you to look over her shoulder as her heart-stirring journey evolves, beginning as a child exiled to a bitterly cold village in far north China. Viewed through her child’s eyes, her innocence of the horrors the family endures there will touch your soul.
We journey with her family as they’re rehabilitated, and into her private world as she faces life alone after her beloved parents pass away. But this is far from a sad story, it is one full of humour, written with a sublime gift for visual imagery. It’s about family, a young woman growing in sophistication, her first love lost then miraculously found again twenty years later, and of living life between.
We follow her relationships around the world and readers will find something within the pages of her book that occasionally plays a sad chord or evokes a personal memory. But above all, she will warm your heart as she often stumbles, then steps with increasing confidence from horror to happiness on her roller-coaster life. Her story is sure to put Lily Yang’s name alongside the more interesting “madams” of our time.