Book Review- Along the river, By Adeline Yen Mah

Good morning all, 

I just finished reading this really great book that I ordered from book outlet and I’m glad that I got it. First it is listed as teen fiction but I would say it is historical teen fiction, only because it gives a lot of historical facts in the story.    

Good Reads description,

Bestselling Chinese American author Adeline Yen Mah weaves her authentic accounts of life in China into an absorbing novel about a Chinese girl and her vision of a previous life.
After a fall, CC is whisked away to a hospital. As she drifts in and out of consciousness, she is haunted by vivid dreams that seem strange—yet somehow familiar. Thus begins CC’s emotional journey back to a privileged life lived eight hundred years ago during the Song dynasty.

CC is the daughter of a wealthy and influential man, but she finds herself drawn to a poor orphan boy with a startling ability to capture the beauty of the natural world. As the relationship between these two young people deepens, the transforming power of art and romantic love comes into conflict with the immovable rules of Chinese society.

This stunning fantasy adventure novel, inspired by China’s most famous painting, Along the River at the Qing Ming Festival, tells the story of a friendship both tender and bold. CC’s remarkable journey reminds readers that though time moves on, art and love endure.

I really loved the story because of the historical detail given when the author tells the story of mei lan.  Mei lan is the girl whom CC has dreams and visions of.. The detail in the story of the history and time made me feel as if I were really there, while reading I could see the people and places of the story. For me that important in an story because it keeps my interest and makes me ant to find out what happens next.  Even thought it was a short read it was definitly enjoyable and one that I will revisit. 

I’m recommending the book because not many books catch my interest like this one when it comes to detail and history. If you like reading about Chinese culture and history this book is worth the read. I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️