Things got back on track quickly after the page 95 shocker in Peony in Love. I finished it this morning before an appointment with the allergist, and wiped many tears away from my eyes while sitting in the waiting room.
It was unlike anything else I’ve ever read. By the end, my heart ached for Peony and felt her joy at finally reaching the end of her emotional journey. I don’t know what else to say because I don’t want to spoil any of the plot. It’s more fun going into it without expectations.
I highly recommend Peony in Love, but also recommend reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan first. Peony is not a sequel to Snow Flower, more of a companion. But I can’t imagine reading it without the background of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
“All women on earth — and men too, for that matter — hope for the kind of love that transforms us, raises us up out of the everyday, and gives us the courage to survive our little deaths: the heartache of unfulfilled dreams, of career and personal disappointments, of broken love affairs.”
-From Lisa See’s Author Note in Peony in Love
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