The Ghost Bride: A Novel

by Yangsze Choo

HarperCollins | August 6, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Ghost Bride: A Novel is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.

A startlingly original voice makes her literary debut with this wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists

One evening, my father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride. . . .

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits, and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

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Published: August 6, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062227386

ISBN - 13: 9780062227386

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it What a fantastic read! Very lovely story and awesome writing style. I became very attached to the characters. I finished the book very fast because I could not put it down. I really hope the author will write a continuation novel some day. I would strongly recommend this fantastic novel.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it What a fantastic read! Very lovely story and awesome writing style. I became very attached to the characters. I finished the book very fast because I could not put it down. I really hope the author will write a continuation novel some day. I would strongly recommend this fantastic novel.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it What a fantastic read! Very lovely story and awesome writing style. I became very attached to the characters. I finished the book very fast because I could not put it down. I really hope the author will write a continuation novel some day. I would strongly recommend this fantastic novel.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN Lin Lan is the only daughter of a respectable but impoverished Malayan family. Her father shocks her one morning inquiring whether she would be interested in being the “ghost bride” to a recently deceased young man from a very well-to-do family. The young man, Lim Tian Ching has started appearing to his mother in dreams telling her of his infatuation with Lin Lan. In some cases becoming a “ghost bride” is considered an honour, but not in this situation. Soon Lim begins invading Lin’s dreams as well. To exorcise him Lin and her Amah visit a fortuneteller. Following her advice Lin Lan accidentally finds herself chasing Lim through the afterlife. With one foot in the world of the living and one foot in the world of the dead, Lin fears that she may be losing her tenuous hold on her own physical being and find herself stranded there. This book is beautifully written. This book is filled mythical beings and interesting stories from oriental legends. This book paints vivid word pictures. This book is a ghost story. For me, the combination of these things would automatically earn this novel a five-star rating. Unfortunately, despite the beautiful prose and interesting characters I found it a very slow moving read. Sometimes I felt as mired in the dreamscape as Lin herself, yet I plodded on because, like Lin I did need to know how the adventure would end.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Fantasy Romance This is engrossing fun page turner. I thought it was going to be a typical asian historical fiction but it surprise me by taking me into after life world of Chinese culture and belief. What will you do if you are being hunted by a ghost who wants to make you his bride? What would you do to save yourself and who will you meet in the world of dead? If you're looking for a different kind of book that is also enjoyable to read, I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2013-08-07

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The Ghost Bride: A Novel

by Yangsze Choo

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 6, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062227386

ISBN - 13: 9780062227386

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A startlingly original voice makes her literary debut with this wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists

One evening, my father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride. . . .

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits, and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

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