Love isn’t forbidden to Lady Kirei as long as it’s with a proper gentleman of Kyō and she doesn’t mind sharing him with his wife. Her provincial upbringing makes her socially unacceptable as a true wife, yet as a lady by birth and a court favorite, her position makes it impossible for her to seek a match below her station. She’s trapped.
When a nobleman of similar provincial upbringing arrives in town and becomes an instant favorite of the emperor, he is sent to Lady Kirei for tutoring on city ways. Lord Yūkan is smitten, but she’s not a conquest to be won. She’s a woman of substance and worth, and she’s off limits.
Despite his unrefined manners, Lord Yūkan’s aristocratic bloodline shows through his fine taste and quick mind. It doesn’t hurt that he’s handsome, too. As he begins to touch her heart, Lady Kirei is ever mindful that they can’t commit, especially when her uncle schemes to make her a consort to a prince.
Will her family’s honor relegate her to the shadow-life of a consort, or can love find a way?
Lady of the Imperial City is a stunning piece of historical fiction that made me fall in love with historical fiction all over again! This beautiful piece of literature was a joy to read and a delight; this is all thanks to novels wonderful author, Laura Kitchell. Kitchell managed to keep and grasp my attention from the very first page and hold it to the last; she is a magnificent talent and this is clear and evident throughout the pages of this excellent book – Lady of the Imperial City!
Lady of the Imperial City is a novel with an in-depth, compelling plot in which many themes are explored – themes such as love, breaking social norms and independence. The story follows the beautiful Lady Kirei, who lives with her aristocratic uncle in the heart of the city of Kyo. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, Kirei will never be a ‘true’ wife. However, one day she meets a man called Yukan and he changes everything for her, she is shocked by how attractive she finds him and when they start to spend time together, she longs for the life that she deserves… not the life that has been handed to her. Kirei is the star of this story; she is feisty, headstrong and incredibly intelligent. This is why I was so pleased that this book is all about her and her epic journey to conquer the norms of her society.
The story of this sensational book is thrilling, it is thrilling because the reader is taken on an unpredictable and adventurous journey. Never once does the reader know what is going to happen and this is all thanks to the authors wonderful plot twists and turns which she so perfectly executed in her novel. Laura Kitchell’s writing alone is enough to make you fall madly in love with this book; her descriptions of the beautiful places we come across are vivid and stunning. They make the reader’s mind go into overdrive thinking of the place in question; she perfectly executed these moments so that the reader can perfectly imagine the world in which she has created and let me tell you book lovers, it makes for a lovely read!
Kitchell’s creation of Kirei and Yukon was perfect; her creation of these two characters and the relationship they share is just beautiful. They perfectly match each other; I adored reading the slow and natural progression of their relationship because this is unique in a romance novel. Kitchell does not rush their relationship and this was refreshing to read because most romance stories have the characters thrown together in an instant. However Kitchell has taken a different, refreshing route in which there is a slow progression, I was pleased she chose to write her two main characters this way because it made the story and the characters more believable and for that, I applaud Kitchell and her talent.
To conclude my thoughts on this exceptional, talented, and wildly enjoyable novel, I would say if you are looking for a beautiful and mesmerizing romance/historical fiction novel that will keep you entertained from beginning to end then this stunning piece of fiction is for you! This wonderful book gets Five Stars from me!
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