Orphaned at 6 months, Lucy, a British child, was raised in a Chinese mission along with unwanted girl babies. By 14, she was helping deliver babies and doing minor nursing in the village. At the beginning of the book, right around 1900, she is 17. She meets a fair-haired stranger who asks her if she can solve a riddle that is supposed to lead to treasure (she can’t) and then he warns her about a terrible man. Soon after, she meets that “terrible man” in prison (he also asks her if she can solve the riddle) and ends up agreeing to become his wife and, so, his heir since he is to be executed within 24 hours and does not want his property to fall into the hands of his enemy after his death. Soon after, Lucy is sent to Britain to live with a family who want her to help them solve that riddle. She quickly discovers just how different her upbringing in China was to life in England. Eventually, she returns to China temporarily right in the middle of the Boxer Rebellion. There she learns the truth about the two men and the riddle.
Moonraker’s Bride is a sweet, lovely story. It’s got romance, adventure, a little mystery, and history all rolled into a book that is almost impossible to put down. I very strongly recommend it!
5 (out of 5) Stars
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