If you’re interested in China, if good historic fiction is among the genres you prefer,
Lisa wrote Forgotten Tales of China for you!
If you’re a fan of Clan of the Cave Bear,
You have to read Forgotten Tales of China!
If you appreciate attention to details and insist on accuracy in your fiction,
You'll want to read Forgotten Tales of China!
And if you want to be swept away
to a distant time and place
this epic novel, is the one you want to read!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
Lisa April Smith is the highly praised author of Dangerous Lies, Exceeding Expectations and Paradise Misplaced, all in the genre she playfully calls “Suspense with Sizzle for Discerning Readers.” Reviews for all three are consistently amazing. But perhaps one reviewer succinctly said it best: “Lisa April Smith’s books have the pace and heat of Jacqueline Susann and the style and sophistication of Dominick Dunne.”
Like other literary late bloomers, Smith grew up in a family of readers and dreamed of becoming an author. But necessity intervened and her formal education came in bits and pieces. Paying her own way college at 17, she chose to leave two years later when she moved to Boston to put her new husband through graduate school. Later, when she could steal time from raising a family, she enrolled in any class that appealed to her wide range of interests, attending any college within an hour’s drive. Eventually, she received a BA in anthropology/sociology. A few years later, after attaining a degree in computer science she was hired by IBM. Ten years after that, she reluctantly left the company when she and her husband moved to Jupiter, Florida. Too young to retire, the yearning to write awakened and life for Smith forever changed. Combining corporate discipline, life experience and long suppressed creativity, characters and stories poured out.
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THE BOOKISH DAME REVIEWS :
"Forgotten Tales of China" is a novel that will absolutely catch you up from the first chapter forward. It completely drew me in as I walked the plains with the leader of a pre-historic clan, hovered in a cave with a young girl who was learning her way to survival, and as other parts of the story of early China grew vivid and real before my inner eyes.
Lisa April Smith is not only an anthropologist by education, but she is one by nature and imagination. Her characters leap from the pages, coming alive with their thoughts and actions. I was particularly captivated and had an early allegiance to Berry, whose life depended upon her learning the art and craft of medicinal plants and herbs. And leaders such as Watchful Eye and other primary characters are most interesting and will grab your attention, too. Lisa is a master at characterization.
Yes, this book is very reminiscent of "Clan of the Cave Bear," but it stands alone in its own category and with its own laurels. The research behind the novel is more exact. The obvious work in reality scaffolds the story, creating a more believable world with more believable characters. And while this scholarship is quite evident, it is never boring or unreachable. Ms Smith's novel has an easy flow with a completely accessible, readable storyline.
I highly recommend this book to all those who love the exotic and the Orient, but also to those who are looking for a story that is unusual and absorbing. This is a book that will keep you transfixed for hours!
5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame