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?
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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
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Lady of the Imperial City by Laura Kitchell is a fresh historical novel that takes place in ancient Japan. I am highly fond of historical novels, and Japan is one of my favorite settings. I loved James Clavell’s series of books set in Asia, especially that great classic of modern fiction; Shogun. What I found so fresh about Lady of the Imperial City was the conversations of daily life that centered around men and women as opposed to discussions of huge dramatic historical events. I find that discussions of female characters are kind of rare in novels about Asia and the way Laura Kitchell rendered these talks, essentially gossip, is masterful. She blends the requirements needed to portray ancient Japan to a modern western audience with a unique and expert voice. The characters are much more human and a lot less “Oriental” than those of many writers I have read before. Yukan and his friends were no real surprise for me but Amai, Kirei, and practically all the female characters were a new and very well done insight into life in old Japan. Laura Kitchell is a master of dialogue and I highly recommend Lady of the Imperial City on that aspect alone - but don’t worry, the plot is clever, the characters very sympathetic, and the writing witty and entertaining. This novel is very well done on every level. If I had to read only one historical romance this year, this would be the one I would choose. You can’t lose with Lady of the Imperial City, whether your preference is history or romance.
Wow. It felt like I was actually there in ancient Japan. I didn't want this story to end. Incredible.