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The Ghost Bride

Choo, Yangsze (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Ghost Bride


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"One evening, my father asked me if 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, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. 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 Lim's 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.
Authors: Choo, Yangsze
Title: The ghost bride
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 362 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "One evening, my father asked me if 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, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. 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 Lim's 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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ISBN: 9780062227324
0062227327
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Report This Aug 21, 2013
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A young girl must enter the after life to get answers to some mysterious questions in order to save herself from becoming a Ghost Bride. It sounds a little hoaxy but it was quite a nice story filled with Chinese folklore and superstition. The girl comes upon a series of obstacles that she must overcome, and she begins to gain a better understanding of her situation and meets some interesting characters along the way. It keeps you guessing until the end.

Report This Aug 20, 2013
  • amodolo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a beautiful book, a very interesting story about love and what someone will do for it. This book has a lot of great Chinese mythology, and great twists that were intriguing. Loved the descriptions of the setting and everything seemed so real, a great debut novel!

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Report This Jan 21, 2014
  • rem85 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

rem85 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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