The Ghost Bride hooked me from the very first page, and if you’ve heard anything about the book you’ll understand why. Li Lan is the daughter of a respectable Chinese family in colonial Malaysia. Unfortunately her father, in a state of constant grief over her mother’s death, has lead the family into hard times, and Li Lan believes the only way she can help is by marrying well. She receives a marriage offer from a wealthy family, the Lims, but there’s a catch: she has to marry their recently deceased son and be his ghost bride.
And, you’re hooked, right?
You will be captivated the moment you enter Li Lan’s world. Yangsze Choo weaves an intricate story that combines Malayan history and Chinese folklore to tell a coming-of-age story about a young girl struggling to do what’s right (while also protecting her heart and her family). And then it has this fantastic supernatural side that draws in even the most skeptical reader. I found it amazing how you could travel between the afterlife and Li Lan’s Malacca and feel totally immersed in both worlds equally.
I think readers will love this book because it introduces cultural elements and Chinese mythology that you might not be familiar with. It also keeps you guessing because there is a mystery and many dark secrets woven throughout the book. But, even though there are ghosts, secrets, and supernatural elements, it’s still a very real story about love, family, and fate. And Li Lan’s choices will give book clubs a lot to talk about…
My tagline for it? Memoirs of a Geisha with a supernatural twist!
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