Frances Watts on the joys of turning (19th century) Japanese

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I swear I didn’t decide to write The Peony Lantern, set in nineteenth-century Edo (as Tokyo used to be called), just so I could go to Japan,* but my research trip really brought the history, culture and landscape alive for me.

The main protagonist is Kasumi, an innkeeper’s daughter from the mountains who travels to Edo to work as a lady-in-waiting in a samurai mansion…

*Okay, maybe I did.

To Read more about Frances’ trip to Japan a IN 8 CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS visit Between the Covers

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The Peony Lantern

The Peony Lantern – Frances Watts 12+

When Kasumi leaves her remote village for the teeming city of Edo, her life is transformed. As a lady-in-waiting in a samurai mansion she discovers a rare talent for art and falls in love with a young samurai. How could she ever return to the life of a simple mountain girl?

But Kasumi must set aside her own concerns. Her country is on the brink of change and Edo is simmering with tension. And her mistress has a dangerous secret-a secret that Kasumi is gradually drawn into…

Set against the vivid backdrop of nineteenth-century Japan, THE PEONY LANTERN is a powerful story of art, love and friendship, and finding your own path.

‘Lyrical, fascinating and evocative, Frances Watts’ work is always extraordinary’ Jackie French, bestselling author of TO LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY

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The Raven’s Wing – Frances Watts 12+

On the eve of her fifteenth birthday, Claudia is unexpectedly summoned to Rome by the father she hasn’t seen in ten years, a wealthy and powerful senator. She finds herself with both a new family and a luxurious new home in the capital of the world’s greatest empire.

But Claudia soon discovers a contest of power and ambition is secretly being waged – and she is the prize. torn between two rivals for her hand in marriage, she must choose between her duty and her heart … a choice that could have deadly consequences.

From multi-award-winning author Frances Watts comes a gripping mystery of love and intrigue set in Ancient Rome.

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