A Geisha for the American Consul
My first ever short story ebook available NOW on Amazon.
The story of Townsend Harris, the first American Consul, who demanded a woman and was given Okichi, the most beautiful geisha in the little port town of Shimoda, where the shogunate had forced him to set up his consulate back in 1858. But how did Okichi feel about being billeted with a hairy smelly meat-eating barbarian who had no knowledge of the ways of love …?
Across a Bridge of Dreams
In the brave new Japan of the 1870s, Taka and Nobu meet as children and fall in love; but their relationship will test the limits of the new society.
1873. Taka, the daughter of a famous general and his geisha mistress, is just thirteen when Nobu, an impoverished lad from a defeated enemy clan, comes to work as a servant in her house. Sensing he is more than he seems, she is drawn towards him. But Japan is heading for a bitter civil war, driving them apart and threatening to turn all their lives upside down. She realises that she will have to make a dreadful choice – between her family and the man she loves …
Tensions between modernity and tradition, love and death, duty and desire are powerfully drawn against the backdrop of an era hurtling towards its inevitable end. … The book’s real strengths are in drawing the reader convincingly into an exotic world and moving the plot along at an exhilarating pace, which it does with satisfying results.— Times Literary Supplement
… this engrossing new novel from geisha expert and historian Lesley Downer …— Victoria James, The Independent, June 16th 2012
Like the era she describes, Downer has united two contradictory themes: love and war. Fans of period romance should be sure to pack Across A Bridge Of Dreams this summer, but those who prize blood over love in historical fiction will also find much to enjoy.
Based on the true story of the ‘last samurai’, Across a Bridge of Dreams is an epic tale of love and war, of a nation divided and a love that can never be.