Saiko, warrior princess under Japan’s first ruling shogun, is tasked with entering the dethroned emperor’s household as a consort. It is her duty. It brings honor to her family. This alliance between the old regime and the new can end rebellious uprisings that keep Japan in upheaval.
Takamori is an elite samurai in service to the first shogun. He is war-weary but loyal in his service under the man who ended the civil wars that threatened to destroy Japan. With no major battles to fight, he faces a peacetime that has all samurai questioning their role and their future.
When Saiko and Takamori meet on a garden bridge, both seeking answers and calm, they stir unexpected desires and create more questions than answers. Each day they meet and each day they fall deeper in love. Duty and honor, however, dictate that Saiko must belong to the emperor, and as her father’s marshal, Takamori must deliver her.
A ronin attack forces them to fight for her life. They race across Japan with armies on the chase and two questions left unanswered. Who organized and directs the ronin army? And how much time do they have together?
In a world where duty is everything, how will she choose between family honor and her heart’s desire?
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About the Author
Laura Kitchell lives in Virginia and was published for the first time in 2007. She became a member of the Quality Novelists Coalition in 2013. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Chesapeake Romance Writers. Connect with her on Facebook at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit her website at laurakitchell.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Lady of the Bridge is a fictional story depicting a time in 17th century Japan. The story is well written transporting the reader to a time where duty and honor meant life or death. Plot- Bound by honor Princess Saiko is to marry the Emperor to try to bridge tensions between the ruling Shogun, Saiko’s family and the Emperor of the old regime. Before Saiko leaves her home for her new life, she meets and falls in love with her father’s head samurai. Keeping her identity a secret, they share time together at her special bridge. On the journey to Emperor GoMizunoo’s castle, Saiko’s traveling party is attacked by rebels that wish to keep the Emperor in power. Samurai Takamori is surprised to find out that the women he loves is Princess Saiko, the women he is duty bound to deliver to the Emperor. The chemistry between Saiko and Takamori was loving and had some passionate moments. The pacing is fast with excitement and action packed scenes. This book has a surprising HEA. Saiko is an extremely strong character and shows to be the perfect match to Takamori. I would strongly recommend this book to people that enjoy period novels. It did take awhile for me to sort out the names of the characters, but that is to be expected with any book that takes place in a land foreign to your own. SCORES on a scale of 1-5 Stars rate each of the Following 5 Categories PLOT: 4 Stars CHEMISTRY: 4 Stars PACING: 5 Stars ENDING: 5 Stars CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 5 Stars Review Copy of Lady of the Bridge provided by the Laura Kitchell for an honest review. Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club
Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite Lady of the Bridge by Laura Kitchell chronicles the unexpected relationship between the daughter of a Shogun and a samurai warrior. Princess Saiko had been in control of her own freedom, running her brother’s household and training to be a warrior, until the moment she was ordered by her father to become a consort to the emperor of Japan. It was hoped the union would bring peace to warring Japan, and provide a unity between Shogun and Imperialist sides. What Saiko did not expect was Hosokawa Takamori. While trying to find solace on her bridge in the garden, before departing to the emperor, Takamori throws her for a loop, and she finds herself falling deeply in love with the enlightened samurai. But, their love could mean continued war for Japan if Saiko does not fulfil her duty. Will the two lovers find a way to be together, or will Saiko be doomed to live apart from Takamori in the imperial palace? I have a fascination with historical romance novels taking place in Japan, and Miss Kitchell does not disappoint. I loved the incorporation of Japanese terms as well as customs. I did not find Saiko’s training out of the scope of historical accuracy, as there are many legends of women warriors throughout Japan. The tension between Saiko and Takamori was just enough to keep me reading, hoping against the odds they would end up together. Lady of the Bridge by Laura Kitchell is an excellent example of Japanese historical romance, and I will seek out other titles by this author.