Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Mitsu has been Shiro’s personal servant and best friend since they were both six years old, and he’s been in love with him for nearly that long. While Shiro takes lovers of both sexes, the gulf between their social classes is so vast that Mitsu has never spoken his feelings aloud.
When Shiro meets the beautiful Lady Keiko, he’s instantly infatuated. His affection soon turns to obsession, and Mitsu resigns himself to a life of unrequited love.
But as Mitsu looks deeper into Keiko and her motives, he realizes that Shiro is in grave danger. He will need all his courage– and some help from a master of the occult– to save the life of the man he loves.
Peony Lanterns by Patricia Correll is a short but exquisite Japanese historical romance. The story carries its historical accuracy and the authenticity of its era throughout the tale with the lightness of a Sakura petal, a tribute to it’s author’s ability to fold facts and cultural elements gently into her story. The focus here is on Mitsu, his feelings for his master, Shiro, and the current drama/mystery playing out between Lady Keiko, Shiro, and the brokenhearted Mitsu who carries a deep love for Shiro.
It unfolds naturally and then the pace picks up as does your heartbeat, racing as the revelations come one after another. Even as the world building expands, the author never misses, either with the narrative or with the details. She keeps the reader hooked to the action and the drama unfolding , hoping that Mitsu;s bravery and love will prevail.
I would love to see more in this universe, more with this couple. It’s just amazing in every way. I highly recommend this story. It’s quite the gem!
Cover art is beautiful and works within the culture and times.
Sales Links: Amazon
Kindle Edition, 91 pages
Published February 12th 2019