Thursday, August 17, 2017

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

Love and Other Consolation Prizes
by Jamie Ford

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 12, 2017)
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction - Asian American
Print Length: 321 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World's Fair feels like a gift. But only once he's there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off--a healthy boy "to a good home."

The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam's precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever known--and against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home he's always desired.

But as the grande dame succumbs to an occupational hazard and their world of finery begins to crumble, all three must grapple with hope, ambition, and first love.

Fifty years later, in the shadow of Seattle's second World's Fair, Ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was with who she wanted to be, while trying to keep family secrets hidden from their grown-up daughters.

Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolations is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion--in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.

  
  Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

Love and Other Consolation PrizesThis is the love story you have been looking for. Sweet, simple and enduring, this is a tale of love in all of its forms as we follow one small boy on an amazing journey through life, from his innocent beginnings in China across an ocean in the belly of a ship to his new life in the United States, where he found love, friends and family that would endure throughout the decades of his life.

Set in Seattle, and spanning over 60 years, history will come alive as Ernest and his quiet gift of love and caring becomes the true measure of humanity at its finest, a rare and precious gift.

LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford is a tale of life accepted and lived with inner peace, quiet deeds because they were right, not the current popular fad and of giving of oneself to the very fullest, reaping inner rewards and inner peace. Beautiful story-telling from the heart for everyone, because we are all human beings, and can all use an example of fine humanity.

I received an ARC edition from Random House Group/Ballantine in exchange for my honest review.



 

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