2. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

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This book transports us to the times of an ancient Chinese Dynasty, where we follow the adventures of our heroine Orchid as she discovers the wonders and woes of Beijing’s Forbidden City.

I was fascinated to learn all about the royal family and its heritage of imperial consorts and concubines.

As well as the historical intrigues, Orchid is a compelling character that struggles on in an era when men held much of the power.

If you enjoyed reading Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, be sure to add this to your reading list.

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